Review: True Crime Addict

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Book Title: True Crime Addict
Author: James Renner
Series: None
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!

3 thoughts on “Review: True Crime Addict”

  1. I’ll eventually get this on my Kindle to read for myself but so far the premise of the book has really turned me off. I don’t really like the idea of reading an author’s account of how he is exploring a mystery. I get the idea that it has personal effects and it is emotional but just a straightforward journey of Maura Murray’s disappearance would have sufficed, maybe with a few chapters at the end of thoughts, emotions etc.

    I understand James Renner believes Maura is still alive and perhaps this is merely a prologue where he lays that out, and further efforts might focus on finding her supposed whereabouts. However, I can’t help but find the conclusion he’s come to on his blog to be quite a long shot.

    It feels almost like we’re chasing Bigfoot here. Instead of going out and finding irrefutable proof, we focus on rehashing and analyzing the same old stuff and molding it into whatever fits the narrative. Bigfoot could be out in the backyard, but arguing semantics isn’t going to lead us there.

    Regardless, I’ll give a book a shot but I think it would have been a better tale had he spent more time actively looking rather than making a point.

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