• True Crime: Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2018

  • Annual True Crime Anthology, Book 3
  • By: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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True Crime: Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2018

By: Jack Rosewood,Rebecca Lo
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
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Publisher's summary

Murder, terrorism, and mass killings were prominent in the news for 2018, and in this true crime anthology, you will find the cases that made international headlines from January to the end of December. 

An entire year has been included in this audiobook, and as we go into 2019, it’s important to remember not only the shocking events that took place, but also to acknowledge the many that lost their lives at the hands of others this year.

The types of cases included are:

  • Serial killers
  • Family murders
  • Mass murders
  • School shootings
  • Major hacking incidents
  • Terrorist acts
  • Cold cases

There have been many advances in technology that has led to the uncovering on many suspects in cold cases, including the identity of the Golden State Killer, a secret that had remained hidden for decades. A number of cold case murders were solved this year, bringing an end to the torture the affected families and the investigators had endured for so many years.

Tragically, school shootings were still prevalent, and mass shootings seem to be on the rise. Terrorism struck many corners of the world, in a variety of ways, but results were swifter in identifying perpetrators and taking action.

Some of the featured events in this anthology include:

  • Marshall County High School shooting
  • The Turpin family
  • Larry Nassar and Harvey Weinstein
  • Coincheck hacking
  • Bruce McArthur - serial killer
  • Atlanta cyberattack
  • International spy poisonings
  • Scottsdale spree killings
  • Miles family murders
  • Murder of XXXTentacion
  • Pittsburgh synagogue massacre
  • Mail bombing

Plus many, many more. If you are a lover of true crime, and want an anthology to add to your collection, this is the audiobook for you.

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Interesting, but mostly light on details.

As a fan of Jack Rosewood's Serial Killer books, I was excited to dig into this. Unfortunately, its lack of depth made this not nearly as enjoyable and informative as I had hoped.

Kevin Kollins gives us a solid narration. With this sort of book, vices and tempo changes are completely unnecessary, so I can't rate him on those factors. But his voice is generally pleasant to listen to and he speaks clearly with good pronunciation.

As always, Rosewood gives us clear, concise details and mostly sticks to the facts that are relevant and interesting. There is very little in the way of rambling or voicing his personal opinions.

That fact, however, might also be part of the problem.

With the notable exceptions of the Weinstein affair and the Golden State Killer (and a handful of others that I didn't actually know about before), each case offers very little information apart from names, dates, how many victims, and when the offender is set to go to trial.

While I do understand why the author chose to expand the text with the tiny bit of information available about pretty much every terrorist attack and major headline murder of 2018, a big part of me wishes he hadn't. With the sparsity of details, those cases didn't really add anything of value to the book.

However, those few cases with actual details definitely made the book a worthwhile read. Prior to this I didn't actually know very much about the Golden State Killer, so this was a nice overview to take a look at.

And while I had previously had doubts about the validity of the plethora of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, there is more than enough information here to convince me that at least some of the "Me too" movement does hold some truth. Which saddens me, but I'm also very glad that these women will at last see justice done.

So, in the end, I am disappointed by the general lack of detail in most of the cases, but if you like reading general True Crime or just enjoy Jack Rosewood's reporting style, this is definitely a book you'll want to pick up. However, if you read True Crime primarily for serial killer stories or prefer a lot of depth and detail, then this might not be the one for you.