Book Reviews

Book Review: the real life murder clubs by Nicola Stow

happy Monday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day today, I am bringing you a review for the latest book I have read which is the real life murder clubs by Nicola Stow.

as usual I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little bit about each one and I will try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

The real murder clubs plot:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is all about the real life cases that have been solved by amateur sleuths through the internet and it appeared at the exact moment I needed it in my research for my PhD. It is a raw and honest account of exactly what happens to the amateur sleuths involved in these stories, they can become obsessed it can take over their whole lives in a pursuit for justice. I’ll be honest I found a lot of moments In this book very emotional.

usually, I’d do a category here about characters but as this is a nonfiction book I can’t for this one.

The real life murder clubs writing and dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The writing in this book is incredibly moving. Written by a journalist who is completely separate to the people and stories included in this book and yet she captures the feelings they are talking about in an astonishing way.

The real life murder clubs overall:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because it was enjoyable in the way that something so raw and honest could be.

The story behind real-life clubs of ordinary citizens who come together to solve true crime mysteries—including the sleuths behind Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

In 2019, Netflix had a hit with documentary series Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. It was based on one of Canada’s most infamous crimes: the 2012 murder of thirty-three-year-old Lin Jun by his porn-star boyfriend, Luka Magnotta, in Montreal. Magnotta filmed himself killing and (apparently) eating parts of his victim; he also mailed Jun’s feet and hands to two Canadian political parties and two elementary schools.

Prior to Jun’s murder, though, Magnotta had anonymously posted online videos of himself killing kittens. Horrified Facebook sleuths worked tirelessly to uncover the kitten-killer’s identity and location. Armchair detective Deanne Thompson, a data analyst for a Vegas casino by day, spent countless hours researching Lithuanian doorknobs, among other things, to help identify items in Magnotta’s videos during her quest to unmask him.

Nicola Stow reveals the fascinating stories behind this and and similar cases in which ordinary citizens, in real-life murder clubs, as in Richard Osman’s bestselling fiction, help to investigate crimes, both recent and cold cases. Includes the cases of Casey Anthony, John Wayne Gacy, JonBenét Ramsey, Golden State Killer, Boston Marathon bombings, and many more.

that’s it for this book review I hope you all enjoyed it.