A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall

Amazon Crossing. Jul. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781542018111. $24.95. comm/bIOG
Swedish journalist Kim Wall was murdered in 2017 while researching a story in Copenhagen. With degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University, she traveled around the world reporting on all kinds of issues. Here, Walls’s parents, Ingrid and Joachim Wall, both also journalists, recount the joy her life brought them, the depths of grief they’ve felt in the wake of her death, and their resolve to make sure her commitment to journalism is kept alive. As in Mariane Pearl’s A Mighty Heart, the Walls use their professional expertise to illuminate Kim’s spirit and relate their heartbreak, as they lived through the trial of her murderer. This smooth translation by Saranpa offers a sad reminder of the danger journalists face not only in war zones but also close to home.
VERDICT Those who recall the news stories about Wall’s murder will be drawn to this biography and will finish with a deep respect for her contributions to the field. It will especially appeal to readers interested in the craft of journalism and true crime.

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