The Book of Matt by Stephen Jiminez
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The Book of Matt : Hidden Truths About The Murder of Matthew Shephard
Ok so as a Non Us citizen I requested this book from Netgalley for review because I wanted to break out of my usual review genre.
This book sure did that.
I studied journalism myself and have come to know that without having reputable, reliable, and multiple sources as an investigative journalist tool, said journalist will not have much of a story.
It’s is this exact tool that lessened my reading experience for it soon became repetitive. I had to keep reminding myself of how a counter theory or truth is build once a popular belief has been accepted. This is actually the part I loved the best in the book. The parts where the author does not forward and alternate explanation but instead questioned why one theory was so readily accepted above all others.
I can see how Matthew became a martyr based on the description of the crime scene as well as the popular media liaison following his murder. What I however wondered is if Matthew were killed in a big city, would he still be a martyr. A boy with issues or would he have been a statistic. So I walked away for a new question…why this much attention on the all American boy next door?
All in all a good if not a dramatic or fast read.