Goldsburg, Virgina, in 1979, is your typical college town. Small, quaint, and turned into a near ghost town during the summer holidays. Goldsburg is the type of place that only has one movie theater, where the teenagers go hang out at McCoy Falls on the New River, and the locals leave their car doors unlocked; a trusting place. Not the type of place where the local “nice guy” gets murdered, but that’s exactly what happens to Christopher Goodman. Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf is narrated by six strikingly different voices, each adding to the overarching message while offering up individual lessons. Wolf does a beautiful job of keeping the reader intrigued by disrupting the timeline of the story. No character is static and Wolf masterfully uses the “universally assumed” high school stereotypes to surprise the reader. Knowing that the book is based on a true crime adds a scary realism to the book and makes you wonder, could this happen to me? Wolf tackles the idea of tragedy and grief in a true and eye opening way.
I’ve asked, “How could a thing like this happen?” many, many times throughout my life. I am not a stranger to tragedies or hardship and yet Wolf’s book revealed a whole new perspective to me.
“I’m grieving the loss of what might have been.”
When someone dies, be they young or old, that’s time lost. Time you’ll never get to spend with them. That’s a story you’ll never get to write together that must now go unfinished.
“But an ocean of ink couldn’t soothe my sadness.”
I can find no better words than those above to accurately express the heartache I’ve felt when loved ones have passed away in my life. I could not set Wolf’s book down once I started because his words spoke too many truths. His word’s touched me too accurately. Thank you Allan Wolf for showing me new perspectives on life, death, and regret. Thank you for giving me the words to express the sadness that has filled my life at different points.
Who Killed Christopher Goodman? By Allan Wolf is a must read! I recommend it to everyone who has every questioned, “Why did this happen? How could it happen?”