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’m sure none of you are surprised to see me reviewing the most recent addition to the Twilight Saga. Since it’s announcement in May, 2020, Midnight Sun has been highly anticipated by anyone who lived through and thoroughly embraced the original Twilight fever – the Twihards; fighting over Team Jacob or Edward, reading late into the night by flashlight, and lining up for movie releases. My friends and I at 15 were no exception, we were obsessed.
The first thing to keep in mind when diving into this book is that it IS a Twilight book. So if you’re not a fan of sparkly vampires, binge-worthy teen dramas, and a sub-par writing style, then maybe leave this one out. And don’t ruin it for the rest of us. Also, I suggest not rereading Twilight in preparation…..
For those who haven’t read the Hunger Games prequel yet, don’t read on. Spoiler warning! But you want my initial thoughts? Reading this book was a chore. I’m drained, physically exhausted, and overall deeply disappointed in this addition to a well-loved franchise.