Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Appreciated as always!
Absorbing, disturbing and absolutely unputdownable – this was one of the best ‘true crime’ novels I’ve ever read.
I should state as an aside that I’m a bit of a ‘missing persons’ buff. A macabre interest, I’m sure – but the subject has always fascinated me. Saddened me, of course, but fascinated me too. The notion of a person vanishing without a trace is just too intriguing and horrifying. It goes against our basic human instincts and responses – we want to always know where the people we love are. To imagine going to the grave not knowing – it’s beyond heartrending.
In True Crime Addict, journalist and novelist James Renner examines his obsession with serial killers, unexplained disappearances, and the baffling case of Maura Murray, who vanished from a snowy, lonely New Hampshire road in 2004. Tellingly, The Charley Project reports that “police do not suspect foul play was involved with her disappearance.”
Neither do I.
What will you believe? After reading True Crime Addict, you may feel differently than I did after finishing it, but I doubt it. I believe that ** SPOILERS ahead ….
Maura Murray chose to leave her life behind. Perhaps using a program that help abused women escape from their abusers. With her legal issues and what in my opinion seemed to be a strained relationship with her father, I think Maura decided to cut her losses and start anew. Not to mention the bizarre way her family reacted to Renner’s requests for interviews – closing ranks, etc, well, to me, it’s clear that something is odd here. There have been repeated sightings of her in Quebec and I think that’s likely where she is – hopefully happy and hopefully at peace with her decisions.
There may be a darker reason – and I think Renner suspects it as well, but I’m not going to speculate here, as it would be just that – speculation. Sure, all signs point toward it, but I would hope that if that is the case – that Maura has gotten help and that she is surrounded by people who love her.
Now off to buy Renner’s other books. His writing is crisp, intelligent, often funny and always engaging. I started reading this book this morning and just finished. Couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down.