Pretty rough I had to buckle down just to finish this one This book was 500 pages and should have been 200 or less I can see why the author thought he had a winner here, as not only was he able to get one of the the murderers directly corresponding with him along with her family, the case itself had murder, sex, and depravity, and a Thelma Louise style cross country escape However, the story was highly repetitive, hideously drawn out, and the nuts and bolts of the story held no mystery o Pretty rough I had to buckle down just to finish this one This book was 500 pages and should have been 200 or less I can see why the author thought he had a winner here, as not only was he able to get one of the the murderers directly corresponding with him along with her family, the case itself had murder, sex, and depravity, and a Thelma Louise style cross country escape However, the story was highly repetitive, hideously drawn out, and the nuts and bolts of the story held no mystery or ambiguity, something critical in the type of true crime I prefer I ve recently been seeking a a new writer of true crime and had read good things about Phelps, and moderately enjoyed the first book of his I read, If Looks Could Kill, but this one was a real snoozer Also, a note to ebook creators of non fiction titles Make it possible and easy to find the photo insert either by noting it in the Book Extras or putting it in the Table of Contents When I read non fiction I like to put faces to names, see maps and diagrams when I m reading the relevant section, etc All too often, reading on the Kindle app on my iPad, there is no easy way for me to find the photo insert section until I stumble upon it You can do better than that Thought it would never end. Eh Definitely not one of this author s better ones. I have enjoyed a number of Phelps TC books but this one didn t do it for me I just couldn t care about the 2 womenor anyone else, for that matter I was tempted to rate this as the worst book I have EVER read Phelps redeems himself in Murder in the Heartland, but Bad Girls is loaded with atrocious slang Phelps can barely go a page without a sentence emulating Texan drawl We seen em come in the front, but they done went out the back And worse Murder is substituted with whacked and offensive street talk of that ilk.The protagonist Bobbi Jo, who Phelps believes is wrongfully accused and convicted of murder, is not a very sympath I was tempted to rate this as the worst book I have EVER read Phelps redeems himself in Murder in the Heartland, but Bad Girls is loaded with atrocious slang Phelps can barely go a page without a sentence emulating Texan drawl We seen em come in the front, but they done went out the back And worse Murder is substituted with whacked and offensive street talk of that ilk.The protagonist Bobbi Jo, who Phelps believes is wrongfully accused and convicted of murder, is not a very sympathetic character One can easily walk away from the book not remotely caring that an innocent lesbian nymphomaniac drug user is languishing away, falsely accused of murder, by her former girlfriend Unless, the reason Bobbi Jo was put away was because she was targeted as lesbian, which Phelps seems to believe, there are farsympathetic innocent people than Bobbi Jo wasting away in prison This book was bad like really, really boring, and bad, which is hard to justify when it s allegedly a true crime novel, which I can always usually find interesting I have read many other reviews onthat say that the author changed up his style of writing for this book, and maybe that s what the problem is First of all the book is just too long, it s repetitive and about half way through I started to feel like the author must be getting paid by the word because he kept saying the same This book was bad like really, really boring, and bad, which is hard to justify when it s allegedly a true crime novel, which I can always usually find interesting I have read many other reviews onthat say that the author changed up his style of writing for this book, and maybe that s what the problem is First of all the book is just too long, it s repetitive and about half way through I started to feel like the author must be getting paid by the word because he kept saying the same thing over and over again, especially pointless details, like the fact Bobbi Jo had a chain wallet It doesn t offer anything to the story, the details of the crime, nor does it prove her innocence so why the heck was it mentioned repeatedly For as many times as the author chose to repeat petty details he never did answer major questions Something as simple as printing the statute that Bobbi Jo was convicted under might have gone a long way to proving her claims of innocence As it stands right now, I believe she did not pull the trigger, but she was guilty of being an accessory after the fact and at least in my state you are judged just as severely for that as you are pulling the trigger Other ways to improve this story would have been to reprint the news interview that Jennifer gave that was referenced over and over and over and over again so that the reader could see for themselves how far fetched it was, not just have to take the author s opinion An open letter from Bobbi Jo to the reader would also have gone a long way towards proving her innocence and making the bookentertaining As it stands right now, I feel like the author felt very strongly that Bobbi Jo had been railroaded and just wasn t able to explain his reasoning well, and sort of just resorted to a well it just is attitude with the book This is a book that makes you think Bobbie Jo Smith is no angel, but does that make her guilty of murder Phelps is not known for championing the side of the convicted It is because he usually goes after those convicted armed with facts and evidence that makes him one of my favorite true crime authors I can t think of another example of his work where he advocates for the innocence of the convicted individual He really doesn t think Bobbie Jo Smith was guilty in the murder of Dow He makes a This is a book that makes you think Bobbie Jo Smith is no angel, but does that make her guilty of murder Phelps is not known for championing the side of the convicted It is because he usually goes after those convicted armed with facts and evidence that makes him one of my favorite true crime authors I can t think of another example of his work where he advocates for the innocence of the convicted individual He really doesn t think Bobbie Jo Smith was guilty in the murder of Dow He makes a compelling argument.I would recommend this book to individuals who like true crime books, also those who like legal thrillers, murder mysteries, and biographical stories The crime stunned quiet Mineral Wells, Texasyear old Bob Dow shot execution style in his own bed, his invalid mother locked in the next room and a cache of homemade porn starring the town s underage girls The two accused killers teen lovers Bobbi Jo Smith and Jennifer Jones were on the run, intent on going out in a cross country blaze of gloryM William Phelps exposes a gripping tale of sexploitation, lust, and betrayal, while questioning the court s fateful verdict in a tantalizing forensic puzzle Were both girls equally guilty of murder Or was one merely a pawn in the other s dainty, blood stained hands Includespages of dramatic photos Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real life thrillers Allison Brennan Phelps s writing reads like a mystery novel Suspense Magazine One of America s finest true crime writers Vincent Bugliosi Not one of his bestIve read most of Phelps books and usually appreciate his command of the English language and his ability to create a clear, well connected narrative This book does neither I finished the book because I wanted to give the author a chance to redeem himself, but that never happened It s almost as if he wrote this book in two or three days without bothering to read through it himself If I hadn t read Phelps before this, I would be highly skeptical about the author s ability t Not one of his bestIve read most of Phelps books and usually appreciate his command of the English language and his ability to create a clear, well connected narrative This book does neither I finished the book because I wanted to give the author a chance to redeem himself, but that never happened It s almost as if he wrote this book in two or three days without bothering to read through it himself If I hadn t read Phelps before this, I would be highly skeptical about the author s ability to deliver a well rounded study of a situation This book is an anomaly for this author I only read up through page 200 I have read several other books by Phelps and have always enjoyed them, but I couldn t bring myself to finish this one The writing was horrible and convoluted He keeps jumping from Bobbi s story to Jen s version to Kathy s version It would have been better if he told the whole story from one point of view, then from the nest point of view, then from the third He repeatedly talks about the drugs and the sex We get it already These people live for drugs and s I only read up through page 200 I have read several other books by Phelps and have always enjoyed them, but I couldn t bring myself to finish this one The writing was horrible and convoluted He keeps jumping from Bobbi s story to Jen s version to Kathy s version It would have been better if he told the whole story from one point of view, then from the nest point of view, then from the third He repeatedly talks about the drugs and the sex We get it already These people live for drugs and sex Very disappointed in this book