Below are some of the readers' reviews of Familiar Evil posted on Amazon. If you have read the book, please remember to post your comments for others to read!
ByTeeCee on December 2, 2015
Familiar Evil is a captivating read written by one of the people who helped expose a pedophile predator who masqueraded as an upstanding citizen of Baton Rouge. The number of prominent people who were fooled by Scott Rogers is totally amazing. This should be lesson to us all.
ByJuan C. Pisani on January 4, 2016
This book is so juicy! I can't put it down. I have never read a book this big before "Familiar Evil". EVER! But this book is so good that it feels the smallest of books. I am actually getting sad the thought that I am almost done since it has been my companion for the last 2 weeks everywhere I went. I would take it with me to work all the time, knowing it was there for me just in case I wanted to hide a read more pages. I'm I never got caught. The story of this book is very real and very sad. I, myself, am a victim of sexual abuse when I was very young. It is very easy to read because of the short chapters and very well written. I hope this book gets picked up for a movie or even a short series format. Congratulations to Rannah Gray for bringing this story forward and your persistence in getting all the facts right. I will buy more copies so I can send to all my friends and family.
By G. M. Smith on January 18, 2016
When I heard this book was being written I could not wait to get my hands on it. I didn't know everything that happened and I wanted more details. I could not believe I knew some of the people duped by Scott Rogers in this thriller. My daughter worked at The Silver Sun during this time and she was directly affected financially. I couldn't understand how a fellow from the UK had a show on tv early Sunday mornings! It's quite a page turner and it's so hard to believe we local people knew who most of those who are in her book. Scott Rogers was evil and Rannah made sure she did the right thing and kept him from hurting other children. It started by writing one letter to the editor and naming Scott Rogers. The rest is history... Excellent read, and I highly recommend it!
By Louise on December 12, 2015
I am going through another one of my "true crime" phases, and Familiar Evil is one of the best I've come across. Rannah Gray is an incredible story teller, with uncommon insight and intelligence. Her writing is so exceptional, I wanted to reach into her book and strangle Scott Rogers myself! And I always appreciate photos in true crime books, these are very good. All said, this is a great read, and I am already looking forward to her next book.
By Darla P. Oconnor on January 18, 2016
While the subject matter of this book is tough, the stories of the heroic, surviving victims is inspiring. The authors of this book conducted impeccable research and the story they were able to uncover, document and prove is nothing short of stunning.
This Sociopath Fooled Them All.
By ILoveAmazon on December 8, 2015
Many prominent Baton Rouge people were completely fooled by a sociopath named Scott Rogers. Scott self-promoted himself, lied, manipulated, played people into making them believe he was important and benevolent all the while raping young boys, having affairs with men and running a sex-trade operation in Malaysia. A lesson to everyone to draw back the curtain and peer into the lives of people who try so hard to act like they are so caring about the community and children. Scott opened a church while he was raping the boys, running the sex-trade operation, drinking and running up debts at the local casino's while lying to keep up the whole façade. Rannah does a great job of telling the story and did her research on this horrible person named Scott Rogers.
A Book Living Up to Its Title
By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2015
I knew the story but always found telling anyone about it difficult. Rannah Gray reminds me of the quintessential Southern porch story teller, gifted with an art and craft that rewards readers with intricate detail while holding all of the threads together. Congratulations and thanks for sticking it out to bring the tragedy and heroism to the page.
By Amazon Customer on November 30, 2015
Truthful and compelling. This is a difficult subject matter, but Gray writes a compelling narrative that draws you into this true story.
By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2016
Impressive! As a university professor, I appreciate the thorough and extensive primary research conducted both internationally and stateside, as well as the quality of the case-based approach provided. I applaud the legal and ethical protocols followed to protect the identities of the eight known adult victims of Roger’s child sexual abuse and their families. With both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Manship School of Journalism at Louisiana State University, Gray's book is an exemplary work and a must-read for current and aspiring journalists. It is concisely written, beautifully edited and executed, well researched, and a true contribution to both scholarship and reader engagement that fosters critical thinking and meaningful dialogue. My highest recommendation for parents, child advocates, social workers, and professionals in criminal justice and law enforcement.
By Marc Chimes on December 31, 2015
This is a powerful book, powerfully delivered. It puts you in the mind of a child predator. It makes you wonder what you would do if you found out someone you know secretly molests little children. This is a story about what one courageous person did... it ends in a murder-suicide... you can see it coming... I finished the book in a day and a half... I read and read until I was sure he was dead. I would recommend this book to anyone who cares about protecting children...
By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2016
A Compelling Account of Justice Delayed but not Denied!
This book is an inspiring true story of how, through perseverance and strength, individuals can navigate the spectrum of abuse, moving from victim, to survivor, to hero. Three cheers for the Boys of Bury! Ethan, Gray, and an army of brave survivors have set Baton Rouge ablaze. This is a definitive call to action for acute improvements and enlightened leadership in child services, and informed discussion on policy changes that will protect our children.
By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2016
An absolute page-turner! I liked the way Gray leveraged her first-hand involvement throughout the investigation and her direct access to the key actors in telling this true-life story of how Scott Rogers led a very public double-life, first in England and then in the United States. A fascinating read. Highly-recommended, in particular, for those interested in the fight against sexual predators and the public policies necessary to win that fight.
By Robert Nuzzo on December 22, 2015
Compelling book detailing the pedophilic activities of Scott Rodgers, also is edifying on the subject of pedophilia. this is all written and unfolds in the small microcosm of Baton Rouge with the delicate task of managing the personalities and working with the many law agencies to get justice for the victims.
By Katie Bon December 12, 2015
This is an excellent book; I could not put it down! I usually read popular thriller fiction, and this reads like an international thriller--except it's true. This astonishing story is so interesting and frightening! It will keep you on the edge of your seat!
By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2015
Fantastic read! This book sheds light on the dark underworld of a predator. It informs and entertains. It is a must read for all. We must educate ourselves to keep any other monsters from harming innocent children.
By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2016
Very well written. Sad thoughts regarding Mathew. I thought of him as a good friend and still do. We worked together at Unity church. He was a very love able person.
By Deborah D. Todd on December 9, 2015
Stunning portrayal of an evil, manipulative monster who left a trail of damaged young men and children in his wake all the while befriending community leaders, business owners and high level local police, Sheriff's and State Police officials. Rannah Gray has written a compelling page turner I could not put down. There is much detail in the book but I'm left with a lot of questions though so hopefully there will be more to this story. Buy this book and learn how an evil child predator could be in your midst and learn about how the courage of his victims led to the end of his ability to harm any more children
By Tuesday Mill son November 24, 2015
Riveting book and well written.