Gone Girl. If there was a cleaned up version of this book I’d give it 5 stars easily. I liked the story, and the way it was told was unique and clever. But there’s some language. And some sexual content. Some of it couldn’t be avoided because it’s part of the plot, but going into certain details (unnecessarily) felt cheap. It’s nothing pornographic, but still icky in spots. Anyway, it’s a book I wish I could recommend, but can’t.
Making a Murderer. Still. It’s 10 one-hour episodes, so it’s a bit of an investment in time. It’s so good. We both went into it thinking he was probably guilty–because that’s the only side we’d ever heard–but as of now, 6 hours in, we’d definitely acquit. Not necessarily because we’re certain he’s innocent, but because the evidence arguing his guilt is so fishy. The prosecution’s alleged timeline just isn’t logical. Spoiler, perhaps, but nobody is going to rape a screaming girl in his own bed, cut her throat, take her out to a garage (a stone throw from his house) to shoot her, load her up into her own car to take her to a burn pit a stone throw behind his house to burn her and then invite the neighbors over for a bonfire. Without leaving any blood behind but his own (but oddly wiping away all his fingerprints but leaving his blood)? It doesn’t even make sense–it’s both reckless and painstaking. And he’s both not that smart and not that stupid. I’m not saying he couldn’t have killed her, but he certainly didn’t do it the way they’re arguing he did, which means he really shouldn’t have been found guilty.
The Satanic Panic of the 1980s from Stuff You Should Know. This was really interesting to me because I took a lot of child welfare classes for my degree, including child abuse/neglect and forensic child welfare. While we discussed interviewing children in a non-leading way a ton and how awry things can go if done incorrectly, I don’t remember the Satanic Panic of the 80’s ever coming up. Ever. Some of the cases Josh and Chuck brought up seemed vaguely familiar–maybe used as cautionary examples in a class–but I had no idea it was such a big deal nationally. And that it was entirely fictional, blown out of proportion by over-eager therapists and journalists.