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This House of Grief

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A true-crime recounting of the horrific events on Father’s Day, Sept 4, 2005, in Winchelsea, Australia, which resulted in the drowning of three children - Jai, Tyler, and Bailey Farquharson - and the trial of their father, Robert Farquharson. Told in the first person by a journalist, herself a…

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Unspeakable Acts

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An interesting and intelligent anthology of essays covering the stories, analysis and commentary of a number of excellent true-crime writers. The authors consider many aspects, including but not limited to the traditional true-crime narrative, as they unpack societal influences and larger issues surrounding crime and its encapsulation in media,…

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The Real Prime Suspect

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Unabashedly frank, vulnerable, and heartfelt, this hard-edged memoir, written by a London Metropolitan Detective Chief Inspector (who also happens to be female, one of only three DCIs of her gender at the time) is a testament to resilience, compassion, and a lifelong passion to serve - and the cost…

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The Hidden Child

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 An absolutely riveting ride, from start to finish. With its ominous pacing, vivid characterization, and alarmingly-charged plot, the author achieves an intensity of menace and foreboding that never lets up. Dealing with infamous events that took place, for the most part, in the year 1965, situated on and…

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Catch the Sparrow

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Meticulously researched and likely one of the most factually rich true crime novels I have had the pleasure to read, this tragically terrible story, written by the step-sister of a young woman, Stephanie Kupchynsky, who disappeared mysteriously on July 31, 1991 from her apartment in Greece, NY, is…

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Bone Deep

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This impeccably written and absolutely chillling true-crime drama details the horrific murder of Betsy Faria in 2011, and the harrowing and twisty rode to justice that followed. Co-authored by the criminal defense attorney assigned to the case, the story is packed with details straight from the case file -…

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The Prince of Naples

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fascinating portrayal of a 1980’s real-life attempt to bring down the Naples-based Camorra - one of the largest and deadliest mob organizations in Italy - spearheaded, planned and led by a twelve year old boy. Written in the style of a memoir, the author shares the experiences as told…

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