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Looking For Madeleine

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The 2007 disappearance of a three-year-old Madeleine McCann from her bed in Portugal proved an instant, worldwide sensation. There's been nothing like it since America's Lindbergh kidnapping eighty years ago.

Award-winning authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan have produced the first independent, objective account of the case. They have examined the released Portuguese fi
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 11th 2014 by Headline
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Liz Barnsley
The Madeleine McCann case is perhaps the most famous case of modern times - so thoroughly did it capture the world, and still to this day is talked about, written about, endlessly speculated on and with the latest investigation has been very much back in the media spotlight.

I've read a lot about it over the years, from Kate's book (recommended) to the Police files now in the public domain and Amaral's book (currently banned in the UK) - so I was interested to read this from Anthony Summers and R
Sep 17, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
I need to make it clear from the start that this is a review of the book and does not contain my opinions on the case of the missing Madeleine McCann. This is neither the time nor the place to express my opinions about what happened to her.

The authors have aimed to produce an objective account of the evidence available to the public. They do look at some of the theories current about the case but only in as far as they can be traced to individuals who have been reliably identified. No of course
Apr 16, 2016 Tracy rated it liked it
I have never known what I believed about the disappearance of Maddie and I chose to read this book hoping it would help me to make up my mind. The book starts with a claim by the authors that they wrote it with no bias towards Maddie's parents, the Portuguese police, theories as to what happened etc. The authors claim that the book merely stated all the facts, timelines etc. I did not find this to be the case. Reading it, I detected a definite bias in favour of the Mccann family and against ...more
Pete daPixie
A disturbing account documented by the Summers/Swan partnership. Approaching a decade after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, these two investigative writers provide a full and unbiased review of events at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007 and the subsequent police efforts to solve this mystery.
How on earth Madeleine's parents and family have prevailed through their ordeal, I just cannot imagine. Not just to suffer their loss, but to face police and press suspicions of g
Melissa Mcintyre
Mar 30, 2016 Melissa Mcintyre rated it it was ok
I found the book a little too scattered and too many 'detective details'. I guess I always want a conclusion to a mystery and clearly this book doesn't have one because the little girl was never found. This is frustrating. Going over case files that have already been discussed previously in the book was boring and obviously just meant to fill out the book. I was wanting a book that described the disappearance of Madeleine in an easy to ready format without too many detective detail and I didn't ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Yvette rated it it was ok
It's a comprehensive but superficial account of what happened and of the subsequent investigation.
It's supposed to be an objective account, but there is certainly a strong bias pro McCann family. Towards the end the narrative just fizzles out, pages are filled with info on known paedophiles operating in Europe, without linking this info to the investigation.
Christine Barnacle
Jun 27, 2016 Christine Barnacle rated it it was ok
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Keiko Kanno
Oct 20, 2014 Keiko Kanno rated it liked it
At least the first half of the book was pretty much based on previously released files, interviews and research, which I think many readers are already familiar with.

The writers do not draw conclusions probably because the case is till open.
Jun 07, 2015 thebookiemonsters rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Summary Review: An intriguing account of a young girl’s disappearance who has since become a household name. Poignant and harrowing.

Read more over at my blog:
Mar 15, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
It's heartbreaking that their daughter is still missing. This book answers some of the questions regarding this case and makes parents fearful that child abductions aren't handled well enough.
Feb 18, 2015 Booksdingle rated it liked it
Gives a more impartial viewpoint than 'Madeleine' maybe and worth a read when you think that this child is still missing - everyone should read it - someones memory must be jogged
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Anthony Summers is the bestselling author of eight nonfiction books. His investigative books include Not in Your Lifetime, the critically acclaimed book about the assassination of John F. Kennedy; Official & Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover; and most recently The Eleventh Day, on the 9/11 attacks—a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History.
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“The family’s rented villa was, moreover, in Praia da Luz, where all six other ‘orphanage’ incidents had been reported – one of them, the week before Madeleine went missing, at the Ocean Club’s Apartment 5A, where the McCanns were to stay.” 0 likes
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