Murder in Suburbia features the stories of more than 20 murder cases that have happened in the quiet streets of Australia’s suburbs and small towns. These stories show that the most brutal and harrowing events can happen in any street or neighbourhood.
Featuring contemporary cases as well as some shocking historical murders, Murder in Suburbia proves you should never say ‘it could never happen here’.
Murder in Suburbia makes a refreshing change to most crime collections I’ve read that simply rehash the same high-profile cases. The focus of this collection is on those murders much closer to home, those in our own backyard.
Having lived in Melbourne, many of these shocking and senseless murders were too close for comfort. They certainly drove home how wrong the it-can’t-happen-to-me mindset can be.
Emily Webb also manages to keep the tension high without sensationalising the crimes.
This was a grim look at a number of crimes that have occurred in the suburbs of Australia over many years, most of the perpretrators seemed like ordinary everyday people until they committed their crimes which their victims never saw coming.
While it's disturbing to think of these crimes, it's interesting to read how police piece the clues together to catch the doer and bring them to court, if not justice.
However, the author also covered a number of cases that remain unsolved and it's hard to imagine the pain of the families who have yet to find out what happened to their loved ones.
A compelling, insightful and powerful book which sheds new light on some of Australia's most infamous homicides and explores some equally terrible murders that never made the news. I love Emily's crisp journalistic newsy style which is balanced with her own personal empathy and understanding of the anguish these sorts of crimes cause to the people left behind. I loved it and highly recommend it as a great compilation of stories that should be on every true crime enthusiasts book shelf. Looking forward to the next one Emily.
Really enjoyed the premise and all of the stories, though it was how some were presented that I personally didn't want. Each story is like a short story, which I loved, but in quite a few of them you are told the perpetrator with in the first couple paragraphs in the chapter. I was hoping for the chapters to be more focused on the criminal investigation, some where, but for me personally it took me out of the story once I found out who did it.
Great book! If you like true crime you have to read this book. It is also good because it is more a summary of the cases it is not long and drawn out. I also liked it because some of the cases I remembered or knew the area. Also a bit scary but not too gruesome.