2016 Reviews · Australian · crime · true crime

Book Review: Suburban Nightmare by Emily Webb

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Book blurb:

Think nothing ever happens where you live?

Suburban Nightmare is a collection of stories that are hard to believe, except they really happened – and all in the streets and homes of the Australia many of us know and live. The suburbs.

These cases range from recent murders to some historical stories that will shock and surprise.

Emily Webb, one of Australia’s best young true crime writers, probes the black underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and exposes the darkness at the heart of Australian life.

4.5 stars

Respected Australian journalist and passionate true crime writer Emily Webb, examines a collection of explosive real-life stories involving crimes committed in our everyday homes and backyards. Suburban Nightmare marks the release of author Emily Webb’s third true crime book. It is genre that Webb clearly knows inside out. Emily Webb’s passion and understanding for her genre, Australian true crime, shines through the pages of this very gripping and chill to the bone collection of stories.

Suburban Nightmare is comprised of twenty eight Australian true crime stories. Each chapter is devoted to a particular story, providing a good balance of insight, thorough research and a compelling style of narration on behalf of Webb. Webb varies her range of crime stories and locales, which makes this book all the more interesting to the reader. Each story is tied together by the link of these crimes occurring in our backyards, which is a chilling thought. In Suburban Nightmare, Webb combines unsolved crimes with solved crimes. She moves from recent day crimes, through to fascinating historical cases. She looks at randomly chosen crimes, to family based crimes, through to tales of love gone tragically wrong. Webb also draws out attention to the purely bizarre and heartbreaking, such as the case of the senseless slaughter of many innocent animals at an Adelaide zoo. No matter what the case or subject matter, Webb treats each individual case with both sensitivity and objective storytelling.

With her third true crime novel under her belt and hopefully many more planned in the future, Emily Webb has proven her ability to write high quality true crime, from an Australian perspective. True crime fans will delight in this compelling story collection.

Suburban Nightmare by Emily Webb was published in 2016 by Echo Publishing. I received a free copy of this book via The Reading Room/Echo Publishing.

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