Starvation Heights

Starvation Heights

Book Club Kit - 2005 | Book club edition
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"In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, came to a sanatorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary "fasting treatment" of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters. But within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women were emaciated shadows of their former selves, waiting for death. They were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor of extraordinary evil and greed who would stop an nothing short of murder to achieve her ambitions. As their jewelry disappeared and forged bank drafts began transferring their wealth to Hazzard's accounts, Dora Williamson sent a last desperate plea to a friend in Australia, begging her to save them from the brutal treatments and lonely isolation of Starvation Heights ... one of the most unusual and disturbing criminal cases in American history."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2005]
Edition: Book club edition
ISBN: 9781400097463
1400097460
Branch Call Number: 364.152 OL79S
Characteristics: 15 books (436 pages ; 21 cm) + 1 binder, in bin (27 x 42 x 28 cm.)

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magsmi
Nov 17, 2016

Very interesting story but way too long. I skimmed through the last third of the book. But I would still recommend it.

multcolib_susannel Apr 02, 2016

Dr. Linda Hazzard promised to help women lose weight- little did they know that they would lose their lives and money too!
True story.

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rosling
Apr 06, 2014

I dreaded going to bed because I knew I was going to get caught up again in this excellent/awful story. The main characters are vividly described and eerily familiar - the arguments for and against "natural" healing resonate even today. The story is riveting - I did further online research afterward and thoroughly enjoyed and dreaded this book.

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anniepc
Oct 21, 2012

Really really scary. Dr. Hazzard is incredibly insane, and gets away with murder over and over again. This is a true story and if you ever visit Olalla WA, you can see what's left of her domain. She is a true serial killer and Gregg describes the scene in Olalla so clearly you think you are there, but wish you weren't! SO good!

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