Piles of information from which he gleans slender leads and a bunch of dead ends We talk to people who provide new lines of inuiry and when a door is slammed in Renner s face it is slammed in mine as well I can nderstand how Renner becomes obsessed with these cases The police have taken it as far as they can take it but if a guy like Renner keeps digging he might just find that nugget that breaks the whole case wide open The missing woman and his life start to blur together The problems with the case bleed into his personal life His personal life colors the aspects of the case It is impossible for him not to think about the issues with his grandfather without thinking about the problems with his son Maura was very close with her father and their relationship is a flag in his brain whipping in the wind What does her father knowHe can almost see her He can almost fit the eyes and hooks together The truth is there just barely out of reach He sees improvement in his son He reaches a resolution with his feelings about his grandfather Sometimes writing a book is better than therapy Compelling and honest this is one not to missIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at I received a free copy from the publisher for reviewA reporter who had been fired for his refusal to kill a story about a politician s sex scandal goes into a strip club and during a lap dance he strikes Terrible Siren. Victoria Woodhull up a conversation that helps reignite his passion for writing true crime stories So he decides to look into the disappearance of a college student that sends him down a self destructive path as he copes with somegly family history as well as fears about his own natureThis sounds like the setup for a pretty good fiction thriller with a flawed protagonist becoming obsessed with a mystery to avoid dealing with his own problems but it s one of those cases where the facts are probably stranger than any fiction a crime writer could dream Trece Grado upOn February 9 2004 nursing student Maura Murray vanishednder puzzling circumstances after suddenly leaving the University of Massachusetts Amherst and driving over two hours north She was last seen following a minor car accident on a rural road but refused help from a passing school bus driver who went to his nearby home and called the police Even though only minutes passed from the time that Maura spoke to the bus driver The Velveteen Mommy until the first police officer arrived there was no sign of herIn 2009 James Renner had just settled a lawsuit related to his wrongful termination as a newspaper reporter when he decided to dig into the disappearance of Maura He d find the family surprisinglyncooperative because 2 Stunden vorkochen fr die ganze Woche 16 geniale Meal-Prep-Mens fr die ganze Familie: Stressfrei genieen von Montag bis Freitag usually the loved ones of missing people are anxious for publicity to keep the case in the public mind With limited information and a belief that journalism today reuires total transparency Renner decided to take an open approach to his research of posting information andpdates on a blog and this attracted a group of internet armchair detectives anxious to help who would provide information and tips related to the case It also took a dark turn when someone began posting creepy YouTube clips that seem to be hinting towards knowledge of what happened to Maura as well as eventually making Renner s family the subject of Requiem unsettling videosThis is one of those books that I find myself of two minds about As a non fiction tale of a writer gettingnhealthily obsessed with a missing woman as a way of coping with andor avoiding his own issues it s an extremely interesting page turner It s also got an intriguing mystery at the heart of it because the Renner digs into Maura Murray s life the evident it becomes that this was a young woman with problems and there s a lot of things to Show No Mercy uestion and speculate about including the odd behavior of her father and her history of petty crime However I always find myself extremely wary when the public gets interested innsolved cases It s really easy for cable news schlock documentaries and click bait websites to exploit these Even when a story is done well with a painstakingly researched and Grief, Love and Hope unbiased look at a case like the Serial podcast s first season it makes meneasy because it seems to inspire the interwebs to nleash the worst kind of speculative nonsense without regard to facts or the realization that most crime is depressingly mundane and that it s almost never the result of a flashy serial killer or a conspiracy of some kind I m not immune to this serial killer or a conspiracy of some kind I m not immune to this I spent time than I like to admit poring over the cell phone logs and tower maps *posted on the Serial website coming p with my own theory So I totally nderstand the allure of a *on the Serial website coming p with my own theory So I totally The House on the Embankment understand the allure of a crime mystery I just don t trust the average interwebsser s ability to solve one That includes mePeople are prone to indulging our inherent biases when we try to figure out what happened during some mysterious event and we are remarkably stubborn about not letting facts get in the way of what we want to believe We also like to turn anything Essays on Prayer - a HIS reader unexplained into a larger story that follows our own internal sense of logic and will incorporate any random scrap of knowledge that seems to support a pet theory All of these things tend to combine to turn any case that catches the public eye into a clusterfuck of any wild theories the human mind can concoct and it seems like the result is often a murky swamp of rumors half truths misunderstandings and outright lies that make it nigh on impossible to separate fact from fiction If you send a bunch of hounds into the woods baying after a fox it s impossible to track the fox later because its paw prints will have been obliterated by the dogsI m not saying that Renner exploited Maura s disappearance or was irresponsible in his reporting here He s got a variety of reasons for becoming obsessed with the case and as he points out he probably would have made money by simply writing another novel For the most part he does do what seems to be a reliable job of research discounting crackpot notions and sticking to the facts However he also isn t above thinking that coincidences are theniverse s way of telling you something visiting a psychic tossing in the idea that the world as we know it is really just a computer simulation and describing a couple of weird incidents that make his son sound like a character in a Stephen King novel At the end of the day Renner has got his own theory about what happened to Maura His idea isn t outlandish and there is evidence to support it but I do estion "if he didn t fall into the rabbit hole of looking for a reason Maura disappeared "he didn t fall into the rabbit hole of looking for a reason Maura disappeared the answer might be a lot meaningless and random than what he believes I suspect that if ever do learn of Maura s fate that the answer will turn out to be surprisingly simpleWhile this digging into an on going mystery hit on some personal pet peeves of mine with the true crime genre I still found Renner s story and writing compelling overall He also seems like a decent guy who was struggling with a lot and the book made me hope that things got better for him after he wrote it Maura Murray s story almost certainly doesn t have a happy ending but there s still hope for James Renner This book is such a good read True Crime Addict blends several of my favorite things gonzo journalism a real life mystery and it s all mixed p with some personal drama The whole story is bonkers and I gobbled it Easy Asian Cookbook Box Set: Easy Korean Cookbook, Easy Filipino Cookbook, Easy Thai Cookbook, Easy Indonesian Cookbook, Easy Vietnamese Cookbook (Korean ... Recipes, Asian Recipes, Asian Cookbook 1) up in two daysJames Renner is a writer and reporter who became obsessed with the disappearance of Maura Murray Maura was a 21 year old nursing student who went missing in February 2004 after crashing her car in New Hampshire What actually happened that night What was she doing there Where was she headed Who was helping her What was the deal with her boyfriend Why did her father act so weirdRenner sets out to try and answer thoseestions He tracks down witnesses and old friends of Maura he tries to talk to her family some of them refused and he tries to recreate the events of the night she disappeared He comes Star Wars up with several theories of what happened but if you re new to the case I won t spoil anything hereMeanwhile Renner is dealing with his own personal mess including losing his newspaper job because he mouthed off to his publisher for refusing to print a political story losing his temper and getting arrested when he felt his family was being stalked dealing with his child s special needs and abilities etc etc It s fascinating stuffThere s a lot in this book but I ll let you discover it True Crime Addict was so engrossing that once I finished it I wished I could have read it again for the first time Highly recommended FavoriteotesThe first thing you learn as a reporter is that nothing you read in the newspaper is trueWe forget how dangerous nature can be We want to forget I think We don t want to be reminded that nature is deadly than man Man can be cruel but nature is indifferent It is the Patience, My Dear (The Lochmoor Glen Series, unrivaled psychopathSome families are magnets for tragedy It s been my experience the those who have suffered the most aresually the first ones to suffer again i interview james renner here the opening pages of this book the recently fired mildly disgraced investigative journalist james renner goes to a gentleman s club where he manages to derail a perfectly good lapdance into a Artists on Art uiet reflective conversation with his stripper whose sister s killer was about to go to trial for her murder that is what a true crime addict looks like someone for whom boobies are not always the most interesting thing in the roomthroughout the course of this book james renner will investigate crime get himself incarcerated be verbally and physically abused follow false leads learn that he scored very similar to ted bundy on his psychopathy test spend the night in a room full of teddy bears find a chilling surprise in a dirty magazine drink and drive to put himself in the shoes of a missing woman get into cars with strangers take the advice of a psychic explore his own family s legacy of violence be internet stalked and threatened by a creepy dude making targeted videos straight out of a low budget slasher film witness his autistic son predict the future with chilling accuracy discover a modern daynderground railroad and casually but earnestly drop in some theoretical physics bombshell about how there s a fairly good chance that the entire What Is the What universe as we experience it is just a computer simulation in which it s possible to trigger glitches in reality this is not your typical true crime storythis is a true crime story by james renner whose fiction has never felt the need to confine itself to any single genre or any reader s expectation so there s no reason to have anticipated anything different from his nonfiction however this approach is much difficult to adapt into nonfiction even narrative nonfiction without the story seeming scattered or lumpy or purposeless this book whose focus is on the mysterious 2004 disappearance of maura murray is not lumpythe recent popularity of nonbook sensations like Serial The Jinx Making a Murderer and The People v OJ Simpson have helped to elevate the true crime genre out of its literary gutter long sneered at as being the pap of supermarket checkout lines those garish and jaggedy fonted mass markets in which violent crimessually against women are exploited for some ghoulish frisson with no merit but shock valuebecause while yes that is a large part of the true crime market there are nobler and meaningful reasons to examine the realities of a world computer simulation or not in which violent things happen to explore causation study historical context identify cultural or socioeconomic factors of crime predict patterns dissect psychology to figure out why these things happen if they can be avoided and what all of it says about The Superior Peninsula us as a species but this book isn tite that either it s somewhere in the middle it s neither sensationalistic nor academic in its treatment and it lives in this space where memoir and true crime and metaphysics spin into a story of absence and obsession and the impossibility of inherent truth while acknowledging the eeriness of coincidences recurrences or as renner borrows the term fearful symmetrythis is instead a story of a man suddenly rudderless obsessed with finding the why and how of a woman s disappearance and what the search for these answers did to him Without the rigid structure of newspaper reporting I was becoming increasingly manic The only thing keeping me sane really was the mystery of Maura Murray s disapp. Missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004 Over the course of his investigation he Don't Go Shopping for Hair Care Products Without Me: Over 2,000 Brand Name Products Reviewed Plus the Latest Hair Care Information uncovered numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Murray but also found himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well being As hisest to find Murray deepened the case started taking a toll on his personal life which began to spiral out of control The result is an Edit 121517 This just in from Deadline would seem our dear Mr Renner stands a very good chance of becoming the seductive anti hero he s always longed to be I may throw Sweet Potato Pie upWhen you first see James Renner a few things become clear right off the bat He s a tense guy His forehead seems almost permanently wrinkled and his eyes fairly radiate with a gaze that s halfway between a puppy that just peed on the carpet and a guy who knows the girl he just asked to the prom is going to say no He seems like a guy who bites his lip a lot and has a tendency to ask if you re mad at him in that annoying way that eventually makes you mad at him because he won t stop askingMind you I ve never met the guy but since it doesn t stop Renner I m not sure why it should stop me I ve got plenty of photos of the guy and I ve read tons of stories from other people on the internet who ve had friends who talked to him or were like in the same zip code he was in one time I mean hot damn that practically makess related That s basically the entire basis of the colossal trash heap of a book True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray Renner sitting at a computer making one insane leap of logic after another and judging everyone he encounters often solely on the basis of whether or not they ll consent to be interviewedSounds pretty bad even for me doesn t it But you guys remember my rules right I ll try my damndest to stick to the book and not vilify the author Braving the Elements (Darkness, unless I seriously believe he or she is a dangerous person doing dangerous things that can or already are really hurting peopleThen all bets are offJames Renner wants to be special You can almost see the things he must dream about at night He s the first one the news outlets call when there s a missing person s case to consult on He s the first one the shocked and grieving family calls for counsel when their child vanishes like a puff of smoke He s the one who makes that fateful connection no one else could ever see and makes the collar There are pictures of him with his fingers wrapped around some sleaze bag s shirt collar as he shoves the guyp against a wall and the headlines read Pulitzer Prize winning journalist nabs serial murdering pedophile single handedly and Scotland Yard and FBI in bidding war to make Renner head of elite missing person s task force Or he s moving through the shadows of some dim back alley He is not the law He is above the law The rules do not apply to someone like him someone who moves through the world among everyday normal people with a secret rage the likes of which the world has never known If they did well let s just say Renner wouldn t blame them for crossing the street when they see him coming He stalks the worst most devious sinners and he brings them to justice His brand of justice And sure it s grisly and stories have to be made The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales up and things need to be brushednder the carpet when the people in charge see what he s done to yet another deserving child rapist But he gets the job done James Renner wants so very badly to be special But he just isn t True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray his latest book is not an absorbing dual investigation into the disappearance of this poor girl and a look at the eually mysterious and incredibly deep mind of the reporter determined to solve her case It s a lot of insane sounding drivel written by a very sad abusive semi functioning alcoholic drug addict who wants you to notice him To give the Medical Marijuana uninitiated some background Maura Murray was a college student at the University of Massachusetts who in the winter of November 2003 got into a car accident in the wilds of New Hampshire and simply vanished into thin air She s since become a bit of a siren s song for true crime buffs Arm chairs sleuths around the globe debate what may have happened to her on blogs and Reddit threads the same way they talk about DB Cooper and the Zodiac Killer They comep with theories and float ideas and sometimes someone finds a weird email or makes a connection It s harmless because 95% of these people A Walk Across France understand that while Maura might be a bit of anrban myth "she s also a very real young woman with a group of very real family and "s also a very real young woman with a group of very real family and who miss her desperately And then James Renner enters stage left with all of the theatrical over dramatic grandstanding he can muster According to this self styled reporter who s not actually reporting for anyone but himself he became obse So this is a review that has been a long time coming and AGAIN I have to apologize for it being late since I was given this book free in exchange for a reviewThank you James Renner and thank you to karen no caps for providing it to me This is a solid 3 star bookbut I did have a couple of reasons why I didn t add those extra stars that I will touch on laterbut first let me sum Nicademus up what this book is aboutFebruary 9 2004 Maura Murray disappeared off the face of the earthMaura a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst left campus packing her car emailing her professors and work supervisor that she was taking a week off due to a family emergencyThere was no family emergencyWhat there was was a bunch of puzzles left behind to solve On the surface a good student a zest for life with everything going for her lookssmarts a happy close knit family a loving supportive fiancea brilliant future ahead of her The stuff people don t just leave behindbut the investigation of her disappearance on a dark semi isolated roadncovered a drinking problem possible family secrets a pending court case and maybe a not so perfect life Was she taken Or did she disappear by choice This is something we will never know Gone til November unless she is found somedaydeador aliveSo what did I have problems withI am not a fan of internet couch potato sleuths and Mr Renner is not one of those He goes out of his bubble to try to track down the story but he does seem to have a respect for those who don t that I have to disagree with I think they do harm than good and their judgments make me cringe most times Without all the facts you cannot judge the situationperiodThe other area I disagree with him on is even biggerand concerns Maura Murray s family dynamicsJames Renner cannot fathom a world in which a family would not welcome his helpand I have to completely smash his views on thisMy family would not want you involved if I ever disappeared I can guarantee itIt doesn t mean they don t love me It means they would not want their life spewed over thenforgivable internet It doesn t mean they are oddit doesn t mean that they are suspicious or responsible for my death somehow or that they helped me disappear It means they are private That I am private It means that there are things I wouldn t want everyone to know I have not always lived the perfect lifeit means that there are things that THEY wouldn t want everyone to know about them they have also lived a life not so perfect Just because you don t mind the world knowing all of your baggage and your flaws it doesn t mean that everyone lives in that same head spaceBravo for letting the world into your secret sometimes crazy dark cornersbut don t judge thoseor become suspicious of those who don t want that same scrutiny It doesn t mean they are ncaring It just means what it meansand that is They don t want the world let into their drama I know in this day and age that seems foreignbut really it is kind of normalOne day hopefully we will have all the answers because Maura and her family deserve to have closure and I for one think they alllllllllllllll deserve itregardless of the fact of whether they cooperated with internet sleuths or people writing booksbut even though I disagree with Mr Renner on those two very BIG things This was a book I can recommend wholeheartedly regardless of our differences True crime writer James Renner researches the disappearance of Maura Murray as his personal life goes "up in flamesI got ARCs of this from Netgalley and from Random HouseOn the heels of reading The Man "in flamesI got ARCs of this from Netgalley and from Random HouseOn the heels of reading The Man Primrose Lane I just had to read James Renner When two opportunities to read this fell into my lap I had to take advantageMaura Murray went missing after wrecking her car one snowy night She was never seen again True crime writer James Renner picked p the scent and dug into Maura s past while embarking on an nintentional journey of self discover finding himself in jail dealing with substance abuse issues and discovering he may in fact be as damaged as the guys he s chasingTrue Crime Addict is written in a style very much resembling
The Crime Fiction I Ve crime fiction I ve to know and love making for one gripping read I read most of the book in one sitting neglecting both household chores and my girlfriend ntil I was finished The ending irked me a little A Way Youll Never Be until I remembered I wasn t reading fiction I was cool with it after thatThe case were very serpentine as real lifesually is Again I forgot I wasn t reading fiction for most of the book As I said the style was very engaging the opposite of the other true crime book I ve read The Monster of FlorenceI really want to gush over all the details of the book but it s best if you go into it Oracle Web Application Programming For Pl/Sql Developers unspoiled It was one phenomenal read James Renner is my new George Pelecanos in that I will now track down and devour his books one by onentil there is a James Renner shaped void in my life Five out of five stars How d I do I asked Your results were very similar to those of Ted Bundy the serial killer That s one of those statements you just can t Present Pasts unhear Don t get toopset said Roberta You may have the psychopathy of a dangerous man but so do many cops In fact a lot of CEOs would have scored the same as you or worse Donald Trump is probably a sociopath But it s what makes him successful Ok you have just been compared to Ted Bundy and Donald Trump within the space of a few seconds but it is ok because your therapist has just reassured you that you are smart enough to control those compulsions Welcome to James Renner s world To a normal person this would be an Les Altaens : Peuple turc des montagnes de Sibrie unnerving revelation but for a guy like James Renner this type of diagnosis is terrifying He knows things He knows things about his Grandfather Keith predilections that werenchecked for decades leaving a multitude of victims in his wake Renner gets calls from the preschool regarding the out of control behavior of his son The fear of course is that he has been a genetic conduit from his grandfather to his son That will screw with your headI make odd connections in my life all the time Every time I read a book or watch a movie I have increased the number of possibilities to experience a moment of serendipity or one of those peculiar tingling situations when I feel the dominos of the The Possible Police universe shuffling around for another play Renner started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a few days ago He stops in a strip club for a diversion to change the buzz in his head She stood and gyrating to the music turned around The bottom half of her back was covered by a beautiful inky black dragon Do you like it I am no longer surprised by the weird coincidences that occur in my life After writing about crime for some years I came to believe that there was a kind of blueprint to theniverse a certain order to the shape of things Fearful symmetry I ve called it Renner becomes obsessed with missing information with missing people with crimes that refuse to be solved For someone with his psychopathic tendencies is he really just living vicariously through the actions of other psychopaths To me the old adage A Letter To Pakistan use a thief to catch a thief is really relevant here Who better to catch a psychopath than another psychopathThe devil is in the detailsMaura Murray just disappears It was as if the Earth just swallowed herp She is a good girl but there are cracks in the veneer of all that goodness She is promiscuous She drinks too much She has been caught stealing She is rebelling against the set arc of her life She is a world class runner and one thing runners do wellis run Did she run or did someone kill her As Renner investigates he keeps hitting walls The family has closed around the father and he is showing p like a bad penny whenever Renner tries to get someone from the family to talk Maura s father doesn t trust his intentions and half the time the writer isn t sure he trusts his own intentions either What made this book really interesting to me was the fact that Renner is inviting me to go along for the ride He shows how he painstakingly works his way through. 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 led Renner to a successful career as an investigative journalist It also gave him post traumatic stress disorder In 2011 Renner began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray a University of Massachusetts student who went.
James Renner Á 2 CharactersEarancerenner has the dogged spirit of a journalist with a novelist s flair for the dramatic which brings a perfect balance to this kind of writing he s a storyteller with a tone chatty enough to draw the reader in but his professional background allows for a authoritative perspective than many he knows the tricks of the trades of both the media and the police he has contacts that can lend their expertise to special skill sets like statement analysis he s familiar with procedure jargon and shorthand what it means when something is not being said he can identify the anomalies in this case and extrapolate from that and there are a lot of anomalies in this case niggling discrepancies outright contradictions red herrings he also with his bundy grade sociopathy has the kind of tenacious mind that not only sees anomalies but must nderstand them and what they signify he s obsessive he won t back down he s a little self destructive and isn t shy about crossing the line from investigation to invasion when he comes Death on Milestone Buttress up against the reluctance or flat out animosity of friends and family members who absolutely do not want him writing this book as his psychologist tells him claiming that true crime writing may benefit him Your mind works like the people you chase after Like a good detective You re a sociopath tooand he just goes balls to the wall not only picking apart the case but bringing so much to the table in his asides and tangents locating the echoes and odd synchronicities in the bigger picture the violent history of early new england the genocide of the abenaki who believe ourniverse is a dream and that words have souls the BTK killer ariel castro as well as those found within his personal sphere a violent grandfather his own near abduction as a child the stalking of his sister the emerging violent tendencies in his son and his attempts to manage his own rage with prescription drugs and alcohol I knew him for what he was a crazy man only pretending to be dangerous And he had no idea who I really was a dangerous man working really hard not to be crazyit s a messy case but fascinating during the course of his investigation he will hear a wide and varied range of theories and suspects from his sources each plausible to a degree and maura murray s sueaky clean and sympathetic fa ade will chip away to reveal the laura plamer caliber mass of secrets A Dark and Stormy Knight (Victorian Rebels, underneathmoral of the story don t go missing because that s the end of your privacyby the end you have a pretty convincing picture of what went down but as he says right from the beginning The first thing you learn as a reporter is that nothing you read in the newspaper is trueEvery article you ve ever read is a littlentrue I guarantee itor Who Killed Mohtta universally There s no real closure This is an existential world my friendi know i have grumbled before about authors of nonfiction who insert themselves too much into the story koff The Mole People Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York Citykoff but in this case it feels natural a privileged white girl interviewing homeless people livingnderground who have established a complicated society with its own rules and hierarchies and history it s clear which of the two perspectives is the interestingbut here with a case in which so much is The Last Days of Jesus unclear the story of the frustrations of the investigative process and the strain of a distraction becoming an obsession of what the helplessness of not knowing does to a man a marriage a family a mind that story must hold as much appeal to a reader as the story of a woman who disappeared the only reason i gave this four instead of five stars is because full disclosure i got to hang out with james renner before i read this and when he was describing to book to me the angle that most interested me was this idea of tracing a line from his grandfather s violent crimes his own experience of abuse the propensity for violence within himself modulated with medication the manifestations of violent tendencies in his son the discomfort of studying violent men while worrying about his son becoming a violent man and the fears of having another child I didn t know what I was afraid of that it would be another boy or that it would be a girl brought into a world full of dangerous men i wish there had been of that because i think this immersion into the study of violence can have a desensitizing effectntil it becomes personalized and i could have read so much about his own experiences navigating this psychological minefieldand i could have read an entire book about his son s spooky talents okay there are two reasons for the four stars also because i don t want my integrity Dreams of Darkness uestioned these are my true and honest opinions of this book and even though james renner did buy me a plate of berries i cannot be bought by a plate of berries let s call it a 45 they were very good berries this is not a true spoiler it just doesn t really fitp there but i wanted to include it as an example illustrating what i m talking about in terms of parallels and the personal view spoilerThe Cymbalta keeps me calm I m a calm guy I am But there s a freedom in blind rage once you give yourself over to it that is as welcoming as any drug On the other side of rage is a certain calm The eye of the hurricane I found that place at age eight when I was beaten by my stepmother Her beatings taught me where to find it I had forgotten how good it felt to give myself over to that pure hatred that realm of vengeance where you don t care about conseuence or "morality Beat me Beat me See if I care You re not getting tears from me Not today "Beat me Beat me See if I care You re not getting tears from me Not today all you get is this smile which ties in later to an episode with his son who has already declared pain is funnyTime outs didn t work any There was nothing left So we went back to spankingI should have known how he d react it s what I did after all When I spanked Casey he found that calm place I had discovered That calmness on the other side of rage I would spank him and then he d smile He d fucking smile at me and say That didn t hurt like he was a young Giles Corey THIS is what i m drawn to the most in this book it reads like fiction but it s not and it gives me chills hide spoiler When I was offered the chance to read this memoir I was pretty excited I read a few of the previous reviews and it seemed like something I would enjoy reading There are times when I will go on a true crime binge Books documentaries TV shows etc It guts me when cases are not resolved and the families and friends of these missing people are left waiting for news of their loved ones I enjoyed reading this memoir although at times it was very emotional You could really feel how much James Renner wanted to find out what happened to Maura Mur Find all of my reviews at is a hard one to review If you want to read something that makes sense do not pass go and just move directly to Dan s page since he knows how to Grove Farm Plantation use his words As for me and my experience with True Crime Addict it goes a lil summin like this The backstory for the above gif is that back in 2014 I took my friend Trudi s advice and pickedp The Man From Primrose Lane at the library Then this happened Fast forward to the Fall of 2015 where I received a private message from James Renner himself asking if I would like to receive an advanced copy of his new release The Great Forgetting My reaction to said message Renner went two for two with books that blew my cranky ass away But we allllllllll know the hat trick of readability is an elusive achievement Especially when the tables are turned and the author decides to leave fiction and go back to his roots of writing about true crime Good news is I enjoy an occasional true crime story Even better news is Renner is the bomb diggity when it comes to putting pen to paper True Crime was as much Renner s life story as it was about the missing young woman Maura Murray I m going
spoil things a and say it s a good thing he wove the reasoning behind his addiction to Wampeters Foma Granfalloons 1ST Edition unsolved cases into this one because this remains a cold case so there is no solving the mystery to be hadpon turning the final page I m not sure this would work for everyone if you re not already a Renner fan That being said he s one of very few authors I recommend wholeheartedly so give one of his other books a chance and you ll probably end Introducing Corinna up like me and want to know what makes him tick Like Dan said I too will read anything this author writes Better keepp my A game so I don t get passed La Creatividad Lingüística up for the next ARC Obviously an advanced copy of this book was provided to me by the author but it didn t influence my opinion at all The only thing that did bother me this whole experience was having someone who I blocked ages agose a mutual friend to private message me and see if I wanted her to send me a copy of this book Uhhhhhhhh yeah person who I don t even want to associate with on the interwebs let me give you my address That s not creepy at all James Renner is a creep This is a man who posts pictures of random women on his blog plucked from social media and other sources and encourages his internet troll army to speculate whether or not they are really Maura Murray This is a man who has called Maura Murray a sociopath a baseless accusation that in no way suggests Renner cares about the subject of his obsession This is a guy who drove drunk to simulate Murray s possibly inebriated drive through New Hampshire He could have killed someone This is a guy who punches a cop and thinks he s the victim According to a personality test he tested as similar to Ted Bundy HmmmDespite assuming a position of authority and asserting himself to be an important part of the investigation Renner has no real press credentials He s on the outside of this investigation looking in demanding answers he s not entitled to and making it Le rock progressif anglais (1967-1977) up as he goes alongA large portion of this book focuses on Renner himself his serial rapist grandfather his almost abduction as a child his inner demons I have to say it s not a boring story And it s honest That s than I can say about the portions about the Murray investigation Those are less honest There he relies on inane details fed to him from internet sleuths that he then sensationalizes and puffsp He treats rumor and innuendo as factRenner stalks Murray s family and friends and when they won t talk to him he decides it s because they are hiding secrets secrets he makes The Crook Who Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge up in his head Renner hints that Maura s father won t talk to him because he s hiding sexual abuse There s no evidence of that at all A friend won t talk to him because she s hiding that she helped Murray escape There s no evidence of that at all Families of the missing are NOT public property They don t have to answerestions from every Tom and Harry just because They have no obligation to satisfy curiosities or entertain conspiracy theories No one owes Renner an interview no matter how badly he wants one The Murray family clearly does not believe talking to him will help find Maura They are entitled to make that determination and I don t disagree with itRenner speculates that Maura may have been pregnant There was birth control pills found in her car at the time of her disappearance a detail that s pushed aside in favor of veiled hints Renner isn t shy of portraying Murray as a promiscuous woman with lots of secret men in the shadows He insists Murray was followed to New Hampshire by a tandem driver No one saw the headlights or saw the car or heard the car His theory is that the driver doubled back once Murray crashed very possibly drunk wine spilled all over the car and Go to Sleep, Groundhog! ushered her off to her new life in Canada It doesn t make a lot of logical sense If the second car had seen Maura crash it would have been seen by the eyewitnesses If it was too far ahead to see the crash Maura would have needed to contact the driver but there is no cell service in that area Plus she left her car full of her possessions things she must have felt were important enough to take to her new life I m not saying it s impossible but it snlikely enough that a journalist like Renner should have the sense not to treat it as fact Maura Murray was not a perfect person She was however by all accounts a nice girl with flaws She was in her early 20s and had her whole life ahead of her Who knows what she could have achieved James Renner has turned her disappearance into a cottage industry and is banking on it big time And goodness knows a tabloid style story sells I just feel sorry for the people caught Readings in American Religious Diversity up in the tidal wave of Renner s egoPlease don t read this book. Bsorbing dual investigation of the complicated story of the All American girl who went missing and Renner's own eually complicated true crime addiction True Crime Addict is the story of Renner's spellbinding investigation which has taken on a life of its own for armchair sleuths across the web In the spirit of David Fincher's Zodiac it's a fascinating look at a case that has eluded authorities and one man's obsessiveest for the answe.To Spoil Things A