Book Title: True Crime Addict
Author: James Renner
Genres: True Crime, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Date Read: 03/29/16
Pub Date: 05/24/16
When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession leads James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. In 2011, James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of the complicated story of the All-American girl who went missing and James’s own equally complicated true crime addiction.
Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It must be the month for true crime for me, because the last few I’ve read have been outstanding!!! I honestly had never heard of James Renner until I saw a review by Karen Brissette, but his stuff looked interesting and figured I’d eventually read something of his. When I saw this available I requested immediately and was giddy when I saw I was approved. If you like true crime, this book is for you. I can’t recommend it highly enough! It reads like a fictional thriller with his ease of reliability and humorous wit thrown in. I kept thinking “Geez, I could be friends with this dude”. There is no robotic, cold, factual feeling to this read AT ALL.
I really don’t want to touch on the plot as that’s the whole point of reading this one, but I will say that from the other reviews I have read, we have all varied in our conclusions of what we think truly happened to Maura Murray. I think I most agree with this review here (which is excellent and extremely well written):
I also enjoyed the personal aspect of this book; the author does a fantastic job of showing his raw vulnerability on his career as an investigative journalist and what these types of cases can do to a person. This was just another layer of the onion of connection I felt with him. (Weirdest analogy ever???)
Go request this book! Pre-order it! Read it! Love it like I did!