True Story — Michael Finkel

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo–who has taken on Finkel’s identity–his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth. [Chapters | Indigo

I read this book prior to watching the film, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and they were both incredible. The book was beyond chilling, because I got to read the words right from Michael Finkel, who’s also an incredible writer.

The story itself is one that is truly fascinating and takes your emotions on a rollercoaster, especially because it actually happened! What I found particularly interesting however, is the dynamic of the relationship between Finkel and Christian Longo. For fellow true crime aficionados, I recommend digging into this story after you read the book if you’re not familiar with it. I went deep into the Internet abyss of research after reading this book, because the various aspects of this case continued to fascinate me.

I really recommend watching the film (after reading the book), as James Franco makes a perfectly creepy Longo.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book information: 

  • Paperback, hardcover, ebook
  • True crime/memoir
  • Published by Harper Collins
  • Available in book stores (check availability), AmazonChapters

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