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True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray Kindle Edition
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"[Renner] is just plain fun to read."―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"You have not read a book like this before and, I’d wager, you’ll not engage with its like again. . . . Renner is a tantalizing and almost gleeful tour guide to and through the impulses of the armchair detective."―Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As the title suggests, [True Crime Addict] is an addictive read."―Bustle
"The mystery of Murray’s whereabouts is baffling. . . . [Renner’s] chipping away at the facts of a ten-year-old case makes the reader hope that, in the end, the answers will be uncovered. An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases."―Library Journal (starred review)
"Brutally honest, no-holds-barred storytelling . . . Renner brilliantly covers all the bases here."―M. William Phelps, New York Times bestselling author
"Renner’s walk on the dark side makes for a highly compelling read."―Kathryn Casey, bestselling author of Deliver Us
"Renner’s personal involvement in the case―and his self-destructive, relentless dedication to confronting the darkness at the heart of it [...is] noteworthy."―Publishers Weekly
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- File size : 1881 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books (May 24, 2016)
- Publication date : May 24, 2016
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B017HU1ZAO
- Print length : 302 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #225,939 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In short, the book is great, I particularly liked the synchronicity effect Renner talks about, I truly believe these cases are usually solved because of the small quirky details, and coincides are not by accident. If you are a reasonable reader who likes a true mystery, I highly recommend this book.
This story has lots of rabbit holes and possibilities ..too much info, too little info..bad info, good info, reddit, Oxygen series, topix, a million hits on google...and no answers!
In spite of the variety of theories in the Maura Murray case-THIS BOOK is UNIQUE.
The book was a delight to read! It was absolutely refreshing to hear the author's experiences as an investigative journalist and as an observer to the mystery. Renner is unassuming and witty. He's so LIKEABLE!
Makes ya wonder why you hear so much halaballoo online about his ex-blog. Noone who has taken the time to read his book can not dislike him, not appreciate the work he put into it and to Maura, to genuinely FIND HER and/or FIND OUT what happened to her that night. Her family found a friend in him whether they realize it or not. (probably not but have they READ THIS BOOK?) They should!
I can't wait to read more of Renner's books! Wish you every success in the world James Renner, you deserve it.
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Shortly after starting this book I started getting irritated by the author’s affected style of writing. It’s almost like a parody of a TV Detective from the 70s. But I was intrigued enough by Maura’s disappearance to plow on, which I regretted.
To sum up, Renner tries to investigate the case and write a book despite multiple requests from her family not to. He also sets up a blog on the case which results in lots of crazy people poring over the evidence and harassing others including the author’s own family.
The overwhelming majority of significant people in the case refuse to speak to him, those who do only say inconsequential things of little use to the investigation. Instead Renner relies on a mix of rumour and conjecture and testimony of brief acquaintances, some of which were implausible, unattributed and would have been hurtful to his family.
There’s are weird subplots about the author’s own abusive grandfather (which doesn’t seem to serve any purpose except to cast aspersions on the victims father), his son’s own supposed psychic powers, a visit to a psychic on a pier and his faith in God being confirmed by praying to God to find a suspect then at that very moment he walks out in front of the car.
Despite his little excursions with the supernatural, he fails to follow up obvious clues. For example, Maura’s phone was not recovered, but a few days after she disappeared a text was sent from the phone purporting to be from the police. He also repeatedly refers to a property which he thinks Maura may have ‘laid low’ in but he never visits.
At the start of the book he begins with an ominous passage about the last person to see Maura alive saying ‘He would never have a moment’s peace again’. This kind of set the seen for some sort of wrongful allegation against the person, but despite the ominous message, he was ruled out and continued to live a peaceable, normal life.
There’s absolutely no resolution. The author draws his own conclusion based entirely on conjecture, so it’s very unsatisfying as a read.
It ends with a bizarre story about a suspect’s previous employer. The story is told 3rd hand by someone not involved. Apparently 3 women at the suspects work staggered out of a St Patrick’s Day party late at night. One of them had a key and they let themselves in to the office. Subsequently one of the women claimed that despite having no reason to think anyone would return to the building and there being two friends who would search for her, the suspect was waiting in the dark to attack her. It’s totally implausible, rumour and if anything did happen, it sounds like a bit of an excuse of 3 women who’d drunkenly entered the office when they weren’t supposed to and being caught by a senior manager, deflected blame.
I also got the odd feeling, all the way through, that the author got even with people who’d refused to engage with him by casting suspicion at them. Eg another implausible story about finding two copies of Penthouse with a picture of a suspects cousins as young girls tucked inside. On the doorstep of a suspect’s former home. He also discloses potentially embarrassing medical problems of a relative of the victim.
I can really see why the family didn’t want him writing a book. It serves no purpose in the search for Maura, it finds nothing of any tangible benefits. But it picks over a distressed family’s history and drops dark hints about their involvement without a scrap of proof.
It feels like Renner just did a bit of research, realised he was getting nowhere, padded it out with some irrelevant guff and published anyway.
Waste of money in my opinion.