Book Review: Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America – Les Standiford, Joe Matthews

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I just wrapped up Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America written by Les Standiford with Joe Matthews.

This book focuses on the kidnap and murder of Adam Walsh, the son of America’s Most Wanted’s TV Host, John Walsh.

If you are vaguely familiar with the case (don’t worry, I’ve only heard of Adam Walsh years ago), it’s the famous case of the kidnap and murder of 6 years old, Adam Walsh that took place in Hollywood, Florida back in 1981. It was famous because Adam was abducted from a Sears store in broad daylight and it took the Hollywood Police Department more than thirty years to solve (thanks to the help of Detective Sergeant Joe Matthews). Because of Adam’s abduction, the show America’s Most Wanted was born, the Adam Code and many missing/abduction laws were updated. America’s protocols for abducted children the way it is now was shaped from Adam’s case.

This book was recommended to me via Goodreads after I finish reading A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard so if you enjoy reading non-fiction crime novels, Adam’s story might be for you.

When I opened the book, it started fairly well. Straight off the bat, Standiford told the readers why the Walshes went to Sears and what ensued after that between the parents and the police department. It was a page turner, but as soon as Adam’s body was found, I felt the book lost its pace. It started to wind down and before I knew it, I was putting the book down more than I am picking it up.

I felt as though the author was just putting in filler chapters to make the book longer (and thicker). The chapters of Hollywood PD were completely useless if you ask me. It was extremely repetitive, in terms of how the HPD went about the case and how Adam’s murdered confessed his crime. I know the Adam case was a cold case for decades but how the author went about saying the Hollywood PD reach another dead was getting boring to read.

As an author, I would have interviewed John and Reve Walsh, the parents of Adam. I can only imagine how they feel for decades but I feel as though a book based on Adam should have words from his parents. I want to learn more about the Walshes and how they feel from the bottom on their heart.

Halfway through the book, the author throws in a few picture files that led to the closure of the case. I think I enjoyed that part the most. It was amazing to see the Sears photograph dated back in 1981. I was intrigued by one photo that forever haunts me and the officers involved in the case.

Overall, I thought this book would be more fast paced with details and heart breaking words. In the end, it was just a novel filled with filler chapters to prolong the novel. Yes, there were sections I’ve turned page and page but it still didn’t live up to my expectation. I rarely fall asleep reading but this book managed to do so (in no disrespect towards Adam and the Walshes).

If you want to learn more about Adam, I think a Google search will do fine. I wouldn’t recommend this book, I’m sorry.

Score: 2/5 

*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions
written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I
am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

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