Missing from the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System that Failed Toronto’s Queer Community by Justin Ling.
I couldn’t even finish this book before I began writing down my thoughts. Local Toronto reads are great for that ‘close to home’ feeling, but this one was chillingly close:
It’s Summer 2017 and I’m hanging out in the Village with my friends. I’m 25 years old and a night at Crews & Tango’s is our go-to idea for summer fun; that jovial blue building packed with the most talented Drag Queens in the city. We didn’t know that Bruce McArthur was a few doors down with his next victim; another regular of our preferred locale. It had already been almost a decade that too many died, and too many errors were made by Toronto Police. I recalled the stories before opening this book, but the chills set in when I realized just how ‘close to home’ this was; the Toronto serial killer in The Village. This wasn’t something from decades ago to separate myself from, this was now.
I apologize, dear readers, for my lack of content over the last 6 months to a year. For those who know me personally, you know that it’s been a rough year. We’ve all had ups and downs through this crazy time we’re living through, and I’m sorry I haven’t been there to provide you with great recommendations through fictional escapes.
But fear not my friends! For here I come! I commit to staying up to date with my “What I’m Reading” page, and providing you new content and recommendations once a week (starting this Wednesday May 19th). Is there anything specific you’d like to see? Let me know! I’m so excited to be back in this small corner of the internet that I call my own.
Nothing quite looks the same this year. Working environments, social events, and even holidays. As Christmas shopping moves online, it can sometimes be difficult to gain inspiration for those picky and hard to please friends. Window shopping just isn’t the same through a computer screen. But fear not my friends, I’m here to let you know about some recent and upcoming book releases that will be a hit with anyone this holiday season!
Before reading on, please remember to shop local this holiday season! Try your local book seller rather than Amazon or large chain stores!