Author: Lynne Blanchard
Release Date: October 1st, 2015
Pages: 380 (Kindle)
Overview: Brad Cooper, not to be mistaken with the famous actor, Bradley Cooper, was pinned down for the gruesome murder of his wife Nancy before her body was even found in North Carolina in 2008.
Explore this insane case of how a loving husband and father was used as a scape goat due to shoddy police work, biased witnesses and peculiar evidence being misread and/or ignored.
What I loved: I first heard about this case on the Generation Why podcast. I was initially impressed by the author's passion in regards to the case as she guest-hosted the episode. Blanchard is truly dedicated to finding and proving justice for Brad through the use of her book and her blog. Blanchard reveals the sickening horrors of how the case ruined a man's family and life without ANY evidence to earn him his spot behind bars. No, really, there is no evidence tying Brad to his wife's murder, but you'll have to read the book to find out more information.
Blanchard utilizes all resources available to provide numerous details about the case and the investigation. Blanchard also does a great job defining legal jargon she uses, so you should be able to follow along easily. You'll become an expert on the case after reading Framed With Google Maps.
The story is truly compelling and even reminded me of a real life Gone Girl.
What I didn't: In the past, the true crime books I read had a little more "flow" or fluid consistency in regards to the content. Typically, authors provide the information chronologically, which is a method I've become quite accustomed to. However, Blanchard tended to skip around dates and times or reference a fact or event that was in the future of the story.
Also, I wish some of the interviews or excerpts of testimony would have been shortened down and maybe referenced wholly in an appendix or back of the book.
If you're interested in learning more about the Brad Cooper Case, check out the below links...
The Generation Why's Podcast episode #154
Lynne Blanchard's, author, blog Justice For Brad Cooper