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No Good-Byes: The Mysterious Disappearance of the McStay Family Paperback – February 4, 2013
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Dead on with his theories and evidence...and we have now all seen it starting to play out in the news.
The writing was excellent. I was very impressed with the thorough research the author undertook. Of course at the end there were still many questions left. But now that the bodies of the family members have been found, I am hoping for a sequel.
This is a very interesting book. I've followed this case from the first day it came on the news and I still learned a few new facts from reading the book. I would definitely recommend it if you have any interest in the case at all. I know the author has taken a lot of heat but I think he's done an admirable job. He apologized for the mistakes he made and the profits from the book are now going to a charity. I recommend this book!
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For instance, the author takes a leap into the idea that Summer had something to do with adult websites. He quotes an e-mail in full that is chatty and familiar and obviously a phishing scheme. The reason I say this is because anyone who has gotten a phishing attempt from an adult website is familiar with this chatty, familiar style. That was a serious dent in the author's credibility for me. I felt if he had so much evidence, why this leap which he concludes comes to nothing and why waste two pages of a pretty short book over what any amateur would realize was a mass e-mail that doesn't even really make any sense and which even the author admits was written in terrible, questionable English? Also, there are a lot of personal opinions. For instance, the author quotes e-mails and then goes on to say that he couldn't have been married to this woman and their relationship was obviously disfunctional. Seriously? Off of one e-mail? Who hasn't had a horrible fight or written a terrible e-mail to their significant other? There was no establishment of a pattern, etc.
The tone is also very odd. It doesn't read as well-organized or very well-written. I mean, I know that true crime books are far from fine literature. But some organization and a little background summary would have been a nice way to begin the book.
The case of the McStays is an interesting one. But this book is confusing and I wouldn't suggest reading it. I don't feel it offers much more than half-baked theories. Even if the author is correct...the research and writing are so poorly presented that it's not very believable that this is as heavily researched as the author claims it to be.