book review

Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girls | Justine Ford.



Can you catch a killer or find a missing person?

Australia is ‘the lucky country’. But not for everyone. Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girlstells thirteen stories of people whose luck ran out in the most mysterious of circumstances.

It’s a journalistic deep-dive into Australia’s dark heart by one of Australia’s premier true crime writers, Justine Ford, the acclaimed bestselling author of Unsolved Australia and The Good Cop.

Why are four people missing from a Western Australian doomsday cult? Who abducted and murdered beauty queen Bronwynne Richardson on pageant night? And why is a cooked chook important evidence in the outback disappearance of Paddy Moriarty?

Key players are interviewed, evidence laid out and suspects assessed. Never-before-published information is revealed. Can you help crack the case and solve these mysteries?

Hold tight as Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girls takes you on a chilling yet inspiring true crime rollercoaster ride where the final destination is hope.


One of my favourite things to do besides reading all kinds of books and bookstagramming about them is being an armchair detective (Justine called her readers armchair detectives in the opening of her book and I was like YES so I’m using it, thanks Justine!)

Anyway, I love being an armchair detective, and watching true crime series, documentaries etc etc, and while 100% of the time it is so heartbreaking and sad for the people involved and their families, I just find the “after” of it so interesting. By that, I mean the detective working going into finding out who is responsible and all of the what, when, how and most importantly, why?

Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys and Gone Girls goes through the horrific and sad stories of 13 unsolved missing person cases. And let me tell you, there’s probably thousands more that remain unsolved right now.

You’ve probably heard of some of the more well known missing person/murder cases, but to be honest, I’ve never heard of these 13 before I started reading about them, and that’s just saddening to me.

These happened years ago, some before I was even a speck on Earth, and remain unsolved. I couldn’t put this down honestly. I was so drawn into the who, what, when and why of it all and the fact that even after years of extensive investigations, there’s nothing.

Unsolved Australia was a chilling, in-depth and truthful read, and I only hope that one day, not only the missing girls/boys/men/women in this book, but all of the others can find their way home, somehow.


*Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.



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