ARC Review: A Taste of Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them by Neil Bradbury

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Title: A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them

Author: Neil Bradbury

Pages: 293

Release Date: February 1, 2022

4 stars out of five
4 stars – It was really good

Poison is one of the oldest and most popular weapons of choice when it comes to murder. This book provides us with an in-depth look at how eleven poisons are used to kill, what it does to the body, and how that poison is created. 

This book was quite fascinating. The book covers eleven poisons: insulin, atropine, strychnine, aconite, ricin, digoxin, cyanide, potassium, polonium, arsenic, and chlorine. The author has done a very good job at breaking each poison down by what it’s made of, an actual case from where it was used to kill, and then how the body reacts to the poisons. The cases discussed were quite fascinating and some of them were even from the 2000s which is crazy because I never heard of them. 

This was very well written and easy to read. The sections about how impacts your body did get a bit technical but I was still able to get the gist of what happens to your body. It’s been a long time since biology class so I don’t remember the breakdown of cells and stuff in the body very well. Also science wasn’t my strongest class so that didn’t help, but I still had the ability to understand what was happening to the body. 

Overall, this was a fascinating look at poisons, cases involving poisons, and how they are made. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in true crime, science, or poisons. 

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*


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