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review 2021-10-14 04:08
Babes In The Wood - Graham Bartlett & Peter James
This is another loaner from a friend and coworker. We share a love for reading true crime. This was a story I had no familiarity with, so I was eager to learn what happened.
It was a sad story of injustice for over three decades. Those poor little girls. It was slow-paced, the writing. But the story itself, I was so mad at the police and the justice system that I had to walk away from the book a few times. I have children. I couldn't imagine what those people went through for 31 years because of this monster.
I think I need a break from true crime for a minute. It's always tough when the stories involve kids.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/10/babes-in-wood-graham-bartlett-w-peter.html
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review 2021-09-27 13:13
Missing From The Village - Justin Ling
A friend lent me this book knowing I like to read true crime, and this one was sort of local to me. I live 40 minutes from Toronto, so when this happened it was all over the news. I was definitely curious to learn more about this case and the killer.
I thought I knew about the cases against Bruce McArthur, but after reading this book and learning the gruesome details I am floored and shocked. I will never understand how someone can do such indignities to another human.
Let's discuss the writing though.... Easy to read because the author knows how to put the story out there for the reader. However, I felt like the ending had stuff in it that not only wasn't relevant to the story but highly unneccesary to be included. If it has nothing to do with the crime at hand or connected in any way, why include it in the book? 
Other than that it was a good read. True Crime fans will devour this book.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/09/missing-from-village-justin-ling-40.html
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review 2021-08-24 15:29
The Missing Girls - Linda O'Neal
The Missing Girls: A Shocking True Story of Abduction and Murder - Linda O'Neal,Rick Watson,Philip Tennyson
A friend and co-worker of mine lent me this book. I love true crime, and had not heard of this particular case before.
What a sad, tragic story about two girls murdered in Oregon. Unfortunately if it wasn't for a third teen being raped, the murderer wouldn't have been discovered. I cried a couple of times. As a mom, it was tough to read about. The abuse and savage murders were too much for me. The manipulation and head games disgusted me to my soul. I had to put the book aside so many times.
The writing felt like reading a news report at times. Not throughout, but enough to sometimes be a snooze fest. It was the only downside to reading it. It also added to me taking a bit to read it.
I love true crime though. Reading facts and real stories excite me like reading a horror novel. I'm sure I'm not alone either, so pick his one up.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/08/the-missing-girls-linda-oneal-32.html
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review 2020-11-07 13:18
The Family Next Door by John Glatt
The Family Next Door - John Glatt
I borrowed this book from a coworker. I love true crime stories.
True Crime is often scarier than fictional stories. Knowing that the incident you read about actully happened to someone, it's a lot to take in. This book is no exception. The beginning was really hard for me to read. Having to 'witness' all of that abuse that occurred to these kids is horrendous. The last half of the book was easier to read. You were 'witnessing' the court proceedings where they get served justice. They should have got the death penalty if you ask me though.
Not everyone will enjoy this one for obvious reasons. Real crime can be tough to take in.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/11/the-family-next-door-by-john-glatt-56.html
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text 2020-06-11 17:35
Ambitious Collection Falls Short
Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit and Obession - Sarah Weinman

The editor’s note for Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession (Sarah Weinman, introduction by Patrick Radden Keefe) proposes some potential causes for the recent obsession with true crime stories and the extensive articles devoted to them. The advent of streaming services and podcasts in recent years has stoked existing interest, and any tales that address order vs. chaos become relevant during times of upheaval. As our world becomes more subject to uncertainty, vicarious experiences become internalized and can cause increasing empathy or panic. This anthology is a collection of 13 articles published in the past 10 years and the editor hopes that these writings will “go a long way to make the world a more just, more empathetic place.” A highly ambitious goal for any book, and this one falls far short of its objective. The three sections of the book are meant to separate the articles into groupings that create some overall cohesive message, but the contents of each are too dissimilar and varying in tone and topic to evoke a sense of common purpose. The first section contains investigative (and in some cases sensationalistic) journalism of actual true crime cases. Here can be found descriptions of the infamous Gypsy Rose case, a lurid tale of Munchausen-by-Proxy; the UT tower shooting spree as seen from one survivor’s point of view; a contract killing arranged by a young woman as recompense for a restrictive upbringing; and the Derek Allred story of repetitive predatory relationship fraud. The second section is intended to act as a commentary on the contemporary cultural moment and the way crime stories are viewed as a result of its influence. This part has articles on topics as wide-ranging as the Slender Man case and an old 1970’s movie director whose film was influenced by true events. The final section of Weinman’s book is dedicated to writings about criminal justice and society. The articles in this portion cover the improper use of searches by immigration agents, gun violence and its physical effects, gender and race biases in policing and prosecution, and the use of questionable methods in crime scene analysis. While the partitions of the book make it easier for the reader to switch gears, the overall effect is disjointed, and the selection of the included pieces appears random. Unspeakable Acts could have been three distinct volumes, thereby providing more substance and content for its wide-ranging topics rather than trying to address them all in one. Each of the issues covered deserve more attention than they receive here, and there is certainly a plethora of talented authors continually contributing their voices to choose from.


Thanks to the authors, Ecco and Edelweiss Plus for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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