From the back of the book: Early on an April morning, eighteen year old Billy Frank Gilley, Jr., killed his sleeping parents. Surprised in the act by his youngest sister, Becky, he turned on her as well. Billy then climbed the stairs to the bedroom of his other sister, Jody, and said, “We’re free.”
This book was in the True Crime section, but it reads more like a memoir, a combined memoir of the author’s life, Billy’s life and Jody’s life. With extensive interviews of the children, friends, and others she has brought together Billy’s and Jody’s memories into a cohesive account. She details the years of abuse, the alcoholism of the parents and how Jody rebuilt her life as the only survivor of a murderous rampage.
Being a survivor of incest herself, she is able to bring an understanding to the actions of the children, what they had to do to survive.
I found this to be a well written, readable book.