Know My Name: A Memoir
This is the disturbing story about the sexual assault that was all over the news a few years back about the Stanford student who was discovered attacking a woman who was unconscious and partly unclothed outside near a dumpster. A pair of bicyclists came to the aid of the woman, giving chase when the man ran off on seeing them. They first checked to see that the woman was ok before going after him. The victim’s identity was shielded by being known as Emily Doe for a long while, up until trial when her first name was used. She later outed herself with this excellent book. And of course the perpetrator is the creepy Brock Turner of former swimming note.
Miller does a wonderful job of sharing her experiences and trauma of the aftermath following waking up in the hospital after the attack, and the ordeal of getting to and then through the trial. Recommended. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Chanel Miller, and the publisher.
The publisher: Viking – 367 pages
Publication: Sep 24th, 2019
My rating: 5/5 Stars
The Author- Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in San Francisco, California.
WRONG NUMBERS: Call Girls, Hackers, And The Mob In Las Vegas
I found this to be a fascinating aspect to the crime being investigated in Las Vegas, and the outcall/escort industry part of it in particular. I just bought and read this book by Griffin who I’m familiar with, and Meek who is new to me. It certainly made for a really good read as I flew through the information that was dug up and put together by these authors. And I always enjoy reading anything that has mob involvement in it, so this was a win-win for me. Lots of quirky characters that seem to be pulled from a fiction book, but are completely real. I would recommend this for true crime fans, especially those who like Las Vegas and the mob angles.
Authors: Glen Meek & Dennis N. Griffin
Publisher: WildBlue Press – 174 pages
Publication: Oct 15th, 2019
RATING: 4/5 Stars
The Blood on My Hands: An Autobiography
This is quite a heart rending story, yet engrossing at the same time. I was drawn in right away with Shannon’s (a pseudonym) account, basically staying up and reading it cover to cover. It’s just so different and so shocking all at once, and you worry about what happens to her and her family. I read a book not long ago about BTK’s daughter, who also grew up as a serial killer’s daughter, but this is just so much worse than her story even. This man was abusing and mentally torturing his own family when his children were growing up in Australia. There was also domestic abuse, and that’s just for starters. There is much worse he does, but I won’t go into all of that. You can read the book and learn that on your own. It’s unlike any other true crime story I’ve read to say the least, and traumatizing to all involved.
I would more suggest this for the experienced true crime biography reader, as it is a serious story. It could be more challenging for those who are newer to the genre, being quite a heavy subject matter, but it’s up to your discretion. I liked the way the story was related, some parts are rather subtle, and you may not pick up on the true meaning until a bit later, then it becomes clear. My thanks for a copy from the author and publisher for review.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication: Feb 3rd, 2016
RATING: 5/5 Stars
The Author– The child of a serial killer, Shannon O’Leary revisits her traumatic past in her memoir, The Blood on My Hands.
“I used pseudonyms in the book order to protect my family. He was never charged despite the police knowing about his activity. The police investigations were case files and are not available to the public. People outside Australia would not be aware that many of the missing person files in NSW in the 1960s and 70s disappeared under one of the governments of the time (there are only about 6 files for the 1960s),” says O’Leary.