Non Fiction

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories by Mark Bowden

This was a short collection of articles the author wrote in various magazines. I have not read many true-crime books, but this was easier to read than some of the others I have picked up. There are six stories of real cases which range across the decades. I wish the first story was not the one about the college fraternity because there was no mystery involved. The author provides us with the information in a way that both sides of the argument look like they are being presented, while still not making apologies for either. This was odd(to me) because it felt like such a situation must be clear-cut. The ones which were straightforward investigative cases were more fascinating to me ( as most of the others were). I will not go into the details because seeing them being resolved during the narrative would make more sense.


The writing was simple, and the dialogues were often repeated verbatim with whatever language the situation drove the people to use. There is graphic detail but not to the extent that would put one off from the book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review was entirely based on my own reading experience.

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