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I received this book today. I am writing this review almost immediately - as Part 1. I will write Part 2 when I have finished reading the book. The reason I want to write Part 1 immediately is that I am astonished by what I have seen so far. Firstly, let me say that I have seen Peter Hyatt on You Tube and his analyses are fascinating and insightful. He also appears to be a very pleasant and intelligent and experienced man. His work is in the world of words. Words matter. Words have impact. Words mean specific things. Words can be carefully interpreted. Therefore, I was gobsmacked on picking up this book to see how dreadful the author’s spelling appears to be. On the back cover there is a howler of a spelling error - just 29 words in. Not only that, but the introduction contains several spelling errors (including the use of “who’s” instead of “whose” in two places). The author’s sentence construction is also often clumsy and jolting, and often contains errors of punctuation. It does not fill me with confidence that this book is going to be a good read. If someone’s work is centred on the importance of the words of others, it seems that it should be obligatory for them to take proper care over their own. It is disappointing to find that this is not the case here. The book is printed by Amazon and is clearly just run off from a text file with little formatting. This is not the author’s fault, but his casuality with spelling is. By the look of his photo on the front, this book was perhaps written a long time ago (there is no date as far as I can see) and it is to be hoped that in the meantime the author has upped his game with his own written word. If the material in this book is as good as other reviewers say it is, I would strongly encourage Mr. Hyatt to completely revise, re-edit and re-publish it, employing the luxury of a spelling/grammar-checker. I hope he reads this review!
" Wise As a Serpent; Gentle As a Dove; Dealing With Deception. There are not enough review 'stars' by which I can judge this book by Mr Peter F. HYATT - Statement analyst. I have to give Peter 'Top Marks' without giving it a second thought. It is truly an amazing book to read; he is most certainly a ' Top Specialist' in his field, in dealing in deception cases. He has an amazing technique in analysing statements such as those written by suspects of deceit. suspected of deceit I first saw Peter Hyatt on 'YOUTUBE' when viewing a number of videos produced by Richard D. HALL relating to the on going investigation of the Madeleine McCann case. With regards to the statements that Kate and Gerry McCann made to the Police (which can be read in the pj McCann files ); Peter read through both statements and analysed them to the extent that Peter clearly showed to his audience that the McCann s were lying throughout each of their statements. It was not until I had listened to his explained reasoning for arriving at his analyses and great detective work, it became easier to follow and understand the reason for his findings. Viewing the YOUTUBE videos on the McCann case against Peter's analyses, I could only but agree that his findings were right. Peter's book is amazing to read, and I would certainly recommend it to law enforcement departments - to any solicitor, police officer and those who are interviewing suspects of committing crime, and even those in business who interview their employees suspected of deceit. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
So this book DOES contain some fascinating insights into how one can spot deception. There are some really great bits in it, and overall I enjoyed it, BUT:
1. The book itself is incredibly amateur in its implementation. It really seems like someone typed it up on their laptop in word, didn't run a spell check and just uploaded it to Amazon.
2. While the book contains a lot of bits of pieces which are interesting, mostily in the form of case studies, there's nowhere that it really gives an overall sense of the structure or methodology of statement analysis. You sort of pick it up from reading to some degree, but the author clearly has a lot of interesting insight to share and its disappointing this isn't presented in a more methodological way.
It reads like a collection of blogs. Disjointed, confusing, error-ridden. If you have the patience to extract the information, the book is great. If you have little patience, this might not be the best book for you as it's all over the place.
I loved the content of the book. I found it so interesting. I bought this after seeing Peter Hyatt review the McCann interview. He is enthralling. However, as a book, it's full of spelling mistakes, bounces around a bit too much, often expects the reader to know the cases and doesn't offer a background to all of them. I found all of this very annoying. An editor needs to go through it and it would be great. I would buy another written by him.
This book is presented in a very rough 'print on demand' kind of style where the chapter headings don't even appear on the page tops where they are supposed to- it looks amateurish. However, the contents are fantastic- this guy really knows what he's talking about; it's fascinating stuff. Should think about employing a graphic designer maybe for new editions.
Loved this book. It's self-published (presumably as some of the content would be deemed libellous?) and reads like an Uncorrected proof (lots of spelling mistakes) which is a bit distracting from a man for whom language is his entire work, but once you get used to that the actual body of it is fascinating. Great case studies, examples and in depth analysis of statements, as well as personal stories and funny asides. I want more now!
Bought this book as supplemented reading with my university course and absolutely loved it. I have watched many of videos and insight on cases such as the Madeline McCann and Casey Anthony cases and highly impressed with his knowledge. He knows his stuff and made very interesting reading. I do feel the editors could have made a bit of an effort with the cover etc but never judge a book by its cover. Was an excellent book. Highly recommend.
Peter Hyatt's book is so compelling to read because the truth lies within the way people choose their words carefully when they're deceiving the listener. It teaches you to listen very carefully, paying special attention when something amiss jumps out at you and doesn't ring true.