Society is understandably curious about the formative influences of homicidal child killers such as Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton and Leslie Bailey, working class men who endured increasingly unhappy childhoods. Youthful Prey profiles these and other British killers, as well as child killers from America, Belgium and Canada.

But children are statistically much more likely to encounter a seductive paedophile in the form of their teacher, scoutmaster or mother’s new boyfriend, men who are willing to groom their victim for many months. The book details the rouses these men (and occasionally women) use in order to win a child’s trust and ensure his or her silence. It includes an extensive interview with a detective who posed as a paedophile in order to imprison dozens of child molesters, and input from a man accused of molesting his daughter about his experience of being on the Sex Offender’s Register




Large format paperback published 25 August 2008 by Pennant Books
ISBN10: 1-906015-17-1    ISBN13: 978-1-906015-17-6 Priced £9.99


Youthful Prey Reviews:

Carol Anne Davis writes crime fiction which I admire greatly and true crime non-fiction which terrifies me. Youthful Prey is a chilling catalogue of paedophile murders written with the author’s usual professionalism and authority.

Mike Ripley, Shots

Carol Anne Davis has written both crime novels and a series of books dealing with cases of True Crime. In this, her latest investigation into a phenomenon which would appear, given the often excessive media attention some cases receive, to be hugely on the increase, she examines in detail a large number of cases involving predatory paedophiles. She finds, also, that many more sexual crimes against children are well hidden behind often respectable façades of family life and never do reach the attention of the press or the public.

Ms Davis conducts a very thorough and painstaking examination of the characteristics, the backgrounds and the actual crimes committed against children of a large number of known and convicted paedophiles from many countries: Britain, America, Canada, Belgium and Pakistan.

She looks at the question of the possibility of reducing the terrible amount of harm done to children by manipulative adults who not only abuse but often go on to kill their prey. Suggestions, some of which have been tried, some not, are put forward. We are offered advice from safety experts and child protection organisations about measures which can be taken to protect our children from this kind of harm and are exhorted to be vigilant at all times.

Youthful Prey : Child Predators Who Kill is a commendable effort by Carol Anne Davis to help the reader towards some kind of understanding of the issues involved and perhaps goes some way towards providing useful advice to all who wish to do their best to protect children.

Phyllis Davies, Tangled Web, October 2008