Based on the CBS reality show Murder By the Sea, ten murders that took place in various seaside towns and resorts of Britain are recounted in this book.
I like true crime, but my medium of choice is podcasts – I very rarely watch it on TV. As such, I have never heard of this show, but the central theme of murder informed by location was one that sounded interesting to me. That the chapters had been derived from episodes of a show was evident from their structure, but this did not detract from the writing in any way.
I liked the book covered lesser known murders, as I had not heard of any of these cases before. The authors made sure to include variety in the chosen cases, whether it was the location, the motive, or the personality of the murderer. I also appreciated that they made sure to give voice to those who had been close to the victims, to make sure that their side was told.
However, I felt that the book sometimes came short of hitting the mark with the central idea. All the stories take place in seaside communities, but where the murders took place did not always have much impact on the cases. Sometimes, I didn’t even get a real sense of the place. As this was the selling point of the book, I wondered if the authors could have picked cases which better demonstrated this central theme.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.