Book Review – Little Deaths

Book Review

Welcome to my first ever book review.

I always read book reviews and love reading so I don’t know why it has taken me so long to do this, but today I thought I would bite the bullet and give it a go.

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So the book I am reviewing is Little Deaths by Emma Flint. The book tells the story of a mum (Ruth Malone) of 2 young children, who wakes up one morning to find them both missing. When both of their bodies are found is accused of their murder.

Set in 1965, Ruth isn’t your average house wife. She is separated from her husband, dresses provocatively with heavy make up, and works as a cocktail waitress. The book delves into how  this led the detective and the media to assume her guilt, and is a fictional piece based on the Alice Crimmins case.

The story is written in third person and the narration switches between characters (mainly between the mother and a reporter who is documenting the case) to show different perspective.

This book caught my eye because I love true crime and also because I studied media in university and how crime cases are portrayed and the influences that this can then have is super fascinating to me.

However, I was disappointed with this novel. It is partly my fault because I wasn’t aware when I picked this up that this was a work of fiction that was based on true events. And so they story is much more about the characters emotional journey more than the facts of the case (which is what I’m in to). Although I found that the emotions that surrounded Ruth, especially when the children’s bodies are first discovered, were very well demonstrated and could be hard to read at times.

I found that this is a very slow read which I found myself really struggling to get through until the last 3 or 4 chapters which discussed the court case.

All in all, I think this is a fascinating story which I am excited to learn more about (I think I may read The Alice Crimmins Case by Kenneth Gross in the future). But personally I wasn’t a fan of this as a crime novel.

I hope you enjoyed my first ever book review. Have you guys read this book, if so what did you think? Also do you have any true crime books you recommend?

Until next time

-Cheryl

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