Kate summerscale is deft at interweaving weaving her narrative with extensive quotes from court proceedings and press accounts dont look to the wicked boy for either amped up emotion or for sanitization of the facts. I really enjoyed kate summerscales previous books so i was pleased to get the chance to review her latest the wicked boy subtitled the mystery of a victorian child murderer much of the book took place in plaistow coincidentally the place i lived as a child and so this book resonated even more with me as i knew all the places mentioned. The wicked boy by kate summerscale review why a 13 year old killed his mother after committing murder robert coombes and his brother went to watch cricket and played cards. Kate summerscale credit eamonn mccabe the wicked boy explores the aftermath of roberts sensational confession as it reverberates through the culture tabloids reveled in lurid accounts . The wicked boy by kate summerscale was published by bloomsbury in 2016 it was shortlisted in the non fiction category of the crime writers association gold dagger award in 2017 it went on to win the 2017 mystery writers of america edgar award for best fact crime
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