I eagerly anticipated receiving my review copy of Amber Hunt and Emily G. Thompson’s Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered. When it finally arrived, I tore open the packaging and was struck by the beauty of the cover. I love the black and red patterning. Even more, the title cleverly is both incomplete and hard to contain, much like the unsolved cases within.
Eye-catching front cover
The true crime anthology explores 20 infamous unsolved murders from the last century. The book presents cases in chronological order so the reader can see how crimes and investigative techniques change over time. The collection covers murders I know well, such as the Black Dahlia, Zodiac Killer, and JonBenét Ramsay cases. It also examines some I have never heard of before like the murder of William Desmond Taylor and the slaying of Julia Wallace.
Stylized photomontages for every case
At first I was disappointed to see that each case was only allotted roughly 10 pages or less of coverage. Personally, I prefer taking a deep dive into unsolved true crime cases and learning as many details as possible to help me develop theories about the mystery. However, once I started reading I was shocked by the detail that Hunt and Thompson were able to include in the limited space. I happily learned many details about cases I thought I knew well and whetted my appetite to learn more about the murders new to me.
Funnily enough, two of my favourite aspects of the book are two elements that first made me quite disgruntled. When I paged through the book before reading it, my first impression was that I was holding a true crime “textbook.” A book replete with the customary highlighted must-know facts and diagrams to help inept readers comprehend the information. After carefully reading each case, though, it was clear I was much too quick to judge the format of the book. Indeed, the highlighted facts and three-dimensional crime scenes are informative and help make sense of key case facts without experiencing information overload.
Key points highlighted
Crime scene maps
I highly recommend this book for recreational true crime readers as well armchair detectives seeking a new resource on famous, unsolved true crime cases. It definitely deserves a spot at the top of your must-read book pile!
Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered is available for pre-order now and is released on February 5, 2019. Check it out on Amazon here.
Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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