If You Tell has been all over my book groups, I feel like every three posts, someone is talking about this book, the hype is REAL. While I love going in knowing nothing about popular thrillers, it tends to be the opposite case for true crime, but between a quick skim of the summary to see if I knew this case and the sheer number of folks talking about it, I had to read it.
I am a consumer of all things crime-related (I’m assuming you are as well if you’re reading this), and I especially love FBI related things. Shows like Mindhunter, Criminal Minds, or Waco, and podcasts like FBI Retired Case File Review, and Real Crime Profile, you name it, I’m enjoying it. When the opportunity to read and review a book by Jerri Williams, retired FBI agent, crime novelist, and podcaster arose, I could not resist!
In Jessica McDiarmid’s Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, voices are heard and stories are told by the families of many of the missing women and girls who have so often been treated as disposable by society, the media, and law enforcement.
In 2018 I read The Stranger Beside Me for the first time, and prior to reading it I knew little about Ted Bundy. However, finishing it sent me into a rabbit hole of searching for more information about the survivors, victims, and other people in his personal life. I enjoyed The Stranger Beside Me because it was written from a perspective of a coworker and friend, this element is what sets this book apart from other true crime books in my opinion. Finding out that Ted’s long term girlfriend, Liz Kendall, had written a book called The Phantom Prince about her own experience was exactly the news I had wanted, another perspective of someone close.