Category Archives: True Crime Books

Book Review: Phillippi Ryan’s new thriller mirrors real life

‘Trust Me’

By Hank Phillippi Ryan, Forge, New York, 2018. 400 pages. $25.99.

In mystery writer Hank Phillippi Ryans new thriller, Trust Me, readers realize early on that trust relies on truth, but truth takes 400 pages and many twists and turns to make itself apparent. Reading Trust Me is a little like taking a roller coaster ride with a pathological liar obsessed with conspiracy theories. Fortunately,we are treated to a skilled and satisfying landing.

The story begins when bereaved journalist Mercer Hennessey agrees to write a fast-turnaround, true crime book focused on the trial of a young woman, Ashlyn Bryant, accused of killing and disposing of her toddler. The body had been cast out to sea in a garbage bag without identification. The remains that washed ashore came to be known as Baby Boston. An extended period of police sleuthing leads to

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Book Review: Phillippi Ryan’s new thriller mirrors real life – News …

‘Trust Me’

By Hank Phillippi Ryan, Forge, New York, 2018. 400 pages. $25.99.

In mystery writer Hank Phillippi Ryans new thriller, Trust Me, readers realize early on that trust relies on truth, but truth takes 400 pages and many twists and turns to make itself apparent. Reading Trust Me is a little like taking a roller coaster ride with a pathological liar obsessed with conspiracy theories. Fortunately,we are treated to a skilled and satisfying landing.

The story begins when bereaved journalist Mercer Hennessey agrees to write a fast-turnaround, true crime book focused on the trial of a young woman, Ashlyn Bryant, accused of killing and disposing of her toddler. The body had been cast out to sea in a garbage bag without identification. The remains that washed ashore came to be known as Baby Boston. An extended period of police sleuthing leads to

Read more at: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180923/book-review-phillippi-ryans-new-thriller-mirrors-real-life

5 New True Crime Books To Read While You Wait For New … – Bustle

It’s official: NPR’s wildly popular This American Life spinoff Serial is coming back for a third season, and soon. If you need something to help you pass the time until you can hear Sarah Koenig’s voice in your ear buds again, or something to distract you between episodes, read these true crime books while you wait.

When Serial debuted in 2014, the investigative journalism podcast became an instant hit. Since then, episodes of the first two seasons — which told the story of the 1999 murder of Baltimore teen Hae Min Lee and the capture of soldier Bowe Bergdahl, respectively — have been downloaded over 340 million times.

For Serial‘s third season, Koenig teamed up with reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi to tell stories about the American justice system through the lens of one court

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/5-new-true-crime-books-to-read-while-you-wait-for-new-episodes-of-serial-11900082

5 New True Crime Books To Read While You Wait For New Episodes Of ‘Serial’

It’s official: NPR’s wildly popular This American Life spinoff Serial is coming back for a third season, and soon. If you need something to help you pass the time until you can hear Sarah Koenig’s voice in your ear buds again, or something to distract you between episodes, read these true crime books while you wait.

When Serial debuted in 2014, the investigative journalism podcast became an instant hit. Since then, episodes of the first two seasons — which told the story of the 1999 murder of Baltimore teen Hae Min Lee and the capture of soldier Bowe Bergdahl, respectively — have been downloaded over 340 million times.

For Serial‘s third season, Koenig teamed up with reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi to tell stories about the American justice system through the lens of one court

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/5-new-true-crime-books-to-read-while-you-wait-for-new-episodes-of-serial-11900082

7 UK True Crime Books From 2017 & 2018 That Are Totally Terrifying

True crime has always been of morbid fascination to many. However, in recent times it is certainly very much at the forefront of the output of many publishers. True crime books are milling off the shelves at the speed of light. With such a rich and varied selection to choose from, why don’t we look at seven UK true crime books released in 2017 or 2018? What is more terrifying than crimes that have happened to people on the same soil as you, right?

Did you know that a lot of people who suffer from anxiety feel like true crime makes them feel less anxious? Well, I know it makes me less anxious anyway. Reading these cases is not only interesting, but it’s important as well. Understanding, or attempting to understand, what leads to people commit these crimes is vital to help us recognise signs and to

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Tragic story of N.J.’s real life Lolita | NJ.com

Sarah Weinmann relays the true story of a horrific kidnapping and rape of a Camden girl. 

“The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World”

By Sarah Weinman

(Ecco, 306 pp, $27.99)

Consider how much we worry when our children are 15 minutes late. It doesn’t take long for a parent’s imagination to spiral to the worst.

Rarely, though, do even parents with the most florid imaginations delve to the depths of depravity that serial pedophiles deliver.

It’s unimaginably painful to consider what happens when those 15 minutes drag into years.

And though we know more about such felons today, in 1948 these crimes were not as well known as Sarah Weinman’s true crime book that begins in Camden explains.

The world was different then.

“The Camden of Sally’s girlhood was

Read more at: https://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/09/tragic_story_of_njs_real_life_lolita.html

Full house for Faith Phillips’ book-signing event; true-crime novel chronicles tragic Weleetka murders

By Josh Allen
ONL Staff Reporter

Emotions ran thick Friday evening as author Faith Phillips read from the stage much of the first chapter of her newest release: As I Lay Me Down — a true-crime novel that digs deep into the brutal murders of two young Weleetka girls on a gravel road and another woman years later.

June of this year marked 10 years since the tragedy, but for many, the pain and emptiness still lingers heavily.

Author Faith Phillips signs a copy of her newly released book, As I Lay Me Down, at an event in Okemah Friday. (JOSH ALLEN/News Leader)

The book-signing event — one of many Phillips is doing with the new release — was held Friday, Sept 7, at the Hen House. It was heavily attended and featured a live musical performance by Wink Burcham.

In June 2008, Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and

Read more at: https://www.okemahnewsleader.com/2018/09/13/full-house-for-faith-phillips-book-signing-event-true-crime-novel-chronicles-tragic-weleetka-murders/

BUSHNELL ON BOOKS: ‘Shots Fired’ and ‘Eventide’

SHOTS FIRED: THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS, MISCONCEPTIONS AND MYTHS ABOUT POLICE SHOOTINGS

In this climate of social, political and racial tension, police officer-involved use-of-force situations attract extreme public and media attention. Some situations are truly tragic and are deserving of scrutiny.

ABOUT THE BOOKS

SHOTS FIRED: THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS, MISCONCEPTIONS AND MYTHS ABOUT POLICE SHOOTINGS

By Joseph K. Loughlin and Kate Flora

Skyhorse Publishing, 2017

297 pages, $26.99

ISBN 978-1-5107-2276-7

EVENTIDE

By Kimberley Collins Kalicky

Create Space, 2018

321 pages, $15

ISBN 978-1-986009-96-6


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Often, however, the police officers’ versions of events are lost in the clamor, are rarely told, but deserve equal public attention. In “Shots Fired,” retired Portland police officer Joseph Loughlin and local author Kate Flora present a well-balanced depiction of police shootings from the participating law enforcement officers’ viewpoint. In 2006, they wrote the acclaimed true crime story, “Finding Amy.”

Some readers

Read more at: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/09/13/bushnell-on-books-shots-fired-and-eventide/

9 Historical True Crime Books That Will Show You The Creepier Side Of History

History, science, memoir, suspense — many true crime book have elements of each of these. So, of course, if you’re a history buff who’s also obsessed with true crime, you’re definitely in luck: History is filled with remarkable, true mysteries that make for excellent books.

As with any historical text, there books use the crimes of the past to teach readers a lesson about today’s world. Many of these books deal with the question of our cultural obsession with crime: How and why does crime fascinate society so much? From the first detective novels to the modern-day obsession with true crime podcasts, these books take a valuable look at what it is that draws our curiosity to these heinous acts.

Others center on specific moments in history that still have ramifications today. Others — including Sons of Cain and Lady Killers — choose to tell the stories of many

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/9-historical-true-crime-books-that-will-show-you-the-creepier-side-of-history-11782172