The authors spend too much time on the wrong details. Loughlin tells readers much more than they will want to know about the day-to-day functioning of police agencies. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
Skip to content. Home About. Positives Finding Amy is an interesting book for several reasons — — the victim, Amy St. Negatives While Finding Amy is worth a look, I cannot give it more than a middling review. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading This gripping true account follows the case of twenty-five-year-old Amy St.
Laurent, a smart, pretty, and responsible young woman, whose mysterious disappearance launched an investigation and trial that devastated her family and changed one Maine city forever. Loughlin is a former assistant chief of police for the city of Portland, Maine. He served as the interim chief and retired from service in January after 30 years of police work. He has the historic distinction of achieving and serving in every single sworn rank within the Portland Police Department.
He holds a master's degree from the University of Southern Maine and was acknowledged as a distinguished alumnus. So take care of yourselves and hold your loved ones close! Jun 20, Kermy rated it it was ok Shelves: tor-library , prose , , true-crime. I can't believe this boring ass book has almost 4 stars. I understand the concept of repetition. Books are not movies and I appreciate an occasional reminder of the details involved to help me pick up where I left off. This was excessive. The author tried too hard to make me feel the victim had good moral character.
You don't have to have good moral character to be an interesting murder victim. It goes without saying that nobody deserves to get hurt, but I think the victim was a little too comfortable with male attention, and there is perhaps a cautionary element to the story that the author doesn't really address. We all make mistakes.
Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine Mass Market Paperback – December 4, This item:Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine by Joseph K. Loughlin Mass Market. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Last seen in a Brighton Avenue apartment of Portland, Maine on a Saturday night in October of , Amy St.
But if you're going to tell this person's story, you honor them by describing them as truthfully as you can. More kiddy gloves: throughout the book I kept hearing about how cops couldn't help but take this case personally because Amy 'was just like their daughter. Far more likely they fell for the pretty girl like everyone else.
Which is fine. But why not say it?
Or address the possibility? The police interludes were frankly terrible. Never get a cop to tell you how hard his job is, it's such an un-cop thing to do.
It's why we have journalists, to tell us what these guys go through so they don't have to tell us themselves. There's no way for a cop to tell me he sees more violence in a week than I will see in a lifetime without him sounding like a pompous dick. It may be true but it's a bad look. Finding Amy is a true story, told by those involved in the investigation. Knowing the people involved in this story made me reluctant to read it for years, but I'm glad I did.
If you are a fan of true crime, this is an easy to read book that flows well. I did feel at times that unnecessary details were shared about those who aided in the investigation such as real names of some who testified but were not involved at all in the crime , but the end result was a great story of partnership between Finding Amy is a true story, told by those involved in the investigation. I did feel at times that unnecessary details were shared about those who aided in the investigation such as real names of some who testified but were not involved at all in the crime , but the end result was a great story of partnership between law enforcement agencies from across the state of Maine.
I wish they had an afterward about the great things being done by the Amy St. Laurent Foundation since this crime - there is much to be said about the work being done to increase safety and self defense skills of young women throughout the area!
A tale of the tragic disappearance and murder of a young woman in Maine's largest city. Unfortunately, it highlights the depravity in some people. It also shows an inside view into how long it can take for investigators to search for answers in a case, how they are bound by the law to follow a set of rules, and how a trial works, and the difficult parameters prosecutors must follow, that defense doesn't.
The writing isn't the best, but the tale the writing tells is, while not "good" how can a s A tale of the tragic disappearance and murder of a young woman in Maine's largest city. The writing isn't the best, but the tale the writing tells is, while not "good" how can a story of the loss of the life of a promising young woman be good? Laurent might live on. Exceptional and heart breaking This true crime book is different in that it is told partially from the viewpoint of a police officer who was a big part of the case.
It is detailed, heart breaking and truly every emotional.
It shows the true dedication of the investigating team, collaboration of multiple departments and true agony yet determination of the family of the victim. This is a must read for all true crime aficionados. Jun 15, Ronnie Cramer rated it did not like it.
Also tiresome: the author's abrasive, defensive, territorial, and passive-aggressive personality. Jun 14, Tabbitha Lindsley rated it liked it. I generally enjoy true crime however this one was a bit of a tough read. It was a little dry. I enjoyed the investigation part tremendously but found myself getting bored through the trial part.
It was an okay read. Aug 04, April Mackay rated it it was ok. Although I think it's important to tell what happened to Amy, I found the book boring and hard to stay engaged in. I've heard the documentary is better so maybe that would be the better option. Nov 07, Cassidy Smock rated it liked it. If you are interested in true crime, this is an amazing book to read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The book, "Finding Amy" is about a girl that goes missing and is murdered in Maine in Her name was Amy St.
Throughout the book, detectives work tirelessly to figure out who the killer is. When I was reading the book, I learned many terms of the law that I would not have learned on my own, which was one of the reasons I enjoyed the book. However, halfway through the boo If you are interested in true crime, this is an amazing book to read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
However, halfway through the book, it got a little slow for me because the information seemed repetitive. I finished the book because even though it was repetitive, the plot was interesting and I wanted to reach the end to see what the verdict was. I believe that the author wanted the audience to think about how great one's actions can impact a community or even society. Throughout the whole book, the tone was sorrowful because of the situation all the characters were put into.
The detectives were very moved by the case and the family members were very emotional. I would rate this book three stars because although it was interesting, I wish there were more cliffhangers and not repetitive information. If you like True Crime I would recommend this book because you will learn a lot of terms of law and crime!
Mar 07, Christine Whittington rated it liked it. Amy St. Laurent was abducted from the Old Port club area of Portland. Her body was found more than a month later buried near the home of the man who would eventually be convicted of murdering her. Detective Loughlin and Kate Flora alternate telling the story of her disappearance, discovery, and the prosecution of the murderer--Flora's text and Loughlin's journal at the time.
Loughlin's adoration of the victim, Amy St. Laurent, gets a little cloying at times. She was no doubt a lovely, generous, Amy St. She was no doubt a lovely, generous, and loving young woman, but the reader can only hear this so many times before wanting to skip to the police procedural sections, which are really the meat of the story.
Loughlin's perception that Amy is guiding the search from beyond reveals an interesting side of a hardened police officer, but I tired of that after a bit. It is fascinating to think that so many of these police offers apparently felt a strong connection with "Our Amy," adored her equally beautiful mother, and were driven to find her and her murderer because of her angelic nature.