Goodreads Review: A False Report

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in AmericaA False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Truly a phenomenal book. Although true crime is a genre I’m very interested in it is also one that can easily become sensationalized such that the truth is drowned beneath the “special effects” of the crime fixated upon the horror and helplessness. The premise of A False Report is to bring the reader face to face with the biggest concern about rape reports–that someone will be falsely accused. It is a concern that reflects the nature of taking cases to court which is that juries must convict beyond reasonable doubt. It is a concern that reflects the nature of interpersonal relationships often being messy, contentious and the fact that we as people often find ourselves skeptical of the experiences of others.

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Goodreads Review: The Man from the Train

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer MysteryThe Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Billed as what can only be termed a forensic true crime story, The Man From the Train is a must-read. The style of the book is very deliberately researched and therefore leans heavily on being a forensic analysis of the available documents dating back to the period between 1898 and 1912 when, Bill James convincingly argues, a serial killer road the rails through various states killing families in a signature fashion. Bill James doesn’t sensationalize but rather he lays out his and Rachel’s research for the reader to assess. He argues very strongly for his thesis but acknowledges early on that you, the reader, will have ample time to make your assessment.

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