Play Book Tag discussion

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
This topic is about True Crime Addict
19 views
Archive: Other Books > True Crime Addict; 4.5 Stars

Comments Showing 1-4 of 4 (4 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

Hahtoolah | 433 comments True Crime Addict, by James Renner (2016)

In the evening of February 9, 2004, U Mass student Maura Murray simply disappeared after a minor car crash on Route 112 in Woodsville, New Hampshire. A passing motorist (who lived within sight of the accident) stopped to offer assistance. Maura declined his help. The motorist then went home and called the police to report the accident. By the time police arrived, the car was still at the scene, but Maura was gone.

Enter the author, James Renner. Renner is an investigative journalist, with a special interest in crime. After having been fired from his job at a newspaper (for unspecified reasons), he became obsessed with Maura Murray’s disappearance. He decided to investigate the disappearance.

On the surface, Maura seemed to live a charmed life. She had been a Cadet at West Point, until she decided to change universities and enroll as a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts. She was engaged to be married to Billy, who was the All-American boy. Sadly, behind the façade, thing couldn’t be more different.

Shortly before Maura left the University on February 9, she told her colleagues that she needed to attend a family emergency. This proved to be false. There was no family emergency, nor was there any perceivable reason for her to be in New Hampshire on that evening.

Renner follows the threads of Maura’s life. Because this is still an “open investigation”, law enforcement officials could give Renner very little information. Still, Renner dogged Maura’s friends and family in hopes of uncovering the truth of her disappearance. Interestingly, Maura’s family virtually shut down all communication channels and her closest friends were also unwilling to open up to the author.

In the process, Renner describes his own life in a remarkable candid fashion to explain his obsession with crime and criminal investigations. He also is very candid about his own use of drugs, some prescribed and other not, his history with his family’s skeletons, and his trouble child, and his self-destructive behavior.

Renner pursued this case for years, even setting up a blog inviting others to provide him with clues as to Maura’s whereabouts. This book, part crime story, part memoir, recounts Renners research efforts and he offers a possible solution to the disappearance of Maura Murray.

The author has a skill with words. This book was very readable and enjoyable despite the sad subject of a possible abduction of a young woman with a full life ahead of her.

4.5 Stars


message 2: by Meli (new)

Meli (melihooker) | 3483 comments These kind of cases drive me nuts because I just want closure so bad! I have seen a documentary on her case, so mysterious.

I love true crime, so given your high rating I might give this a read sometime, even though there is not conclusion.


message 3: by Joi (new) - added it

Joi (missjoious) | 3830 comments Great review, I've added this to my TBR. True crime, and specifically unsolved mysteries are some of my guiltiest of pleasures- so this sounds like a perfect read. I've often found myself googling, and going down that rabbit hole of a specific event- much like this author.

Even more perfect if the non-fiction-linking challenge wins! Lol


AsimovsZeroth (asimovszerothlaw) | 436 comments What a fantastic review. I've been meaning to look into more true crime novels. I rarely read them, despite an interest in the subject that has led me down the wikipedia/google rabbit hole for days at a time.


back to top