Here you can find a list of my favourite true crime books with reasons why I think they're so great. I've always been an avid reader, and discovering some of these books at a young age played a huge part in developing my love of true crime. I hope that you will enjoy them too.

 

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The Fact Of A Body

This unique take on the true crime genre intertwines the case of convicted murderer Ricky Langley with the author's own traumatic childhood. It's a truly personal story that explores how we grapple with our histories and asks important questions about the nature of forgiveness. 

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich offers unique insight not only through her memoirs but from her position at a law firm working on Ricky Langley's case, and shines a light on a terrible crime through several different angles. It also has some thought provoking content around the death penalty, and includes the involvement of one of my idols, Clive Stafford Smith.

The Fact Of A Body is a really harrowing read, and was one of my favourite books of 2017.

A False Report: A True Story Of Rape In America

This brilliant book has since been made into a Netflix miniseries and was originally written as an article for The Marshall Report and ProPublica.

It covers the story of an 18-year-old woman who reported a rape to the police, only to say that she had made the incident up after being confronted by police. But when another woman comes forward 3 years later when a strikingly similar story, the police are forced to admit that not all is as it seems...

Tackling important issues and weaving a captivating story, A False Report is an excellent work of journalism that remains hugely relevant in today's victim-blaming culture.

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