The Monsters We Make
book, film, and music list

This collection of texts, films, and albums is a reflection of my influences and inspirations over four years while writing The Monsters We Make


Break the Skin, Lee Martin (2011)

The Bright Forever, Lee Martin (2005)

The Child Finder, Rene Denfeld (2017)

A Crime in the Neighborhood, Suzanne Berne (1997)

Descent, Tim Johnston (2015)

Dolores Claiborne, Stephen King (1993)

Gone, Baby, Gone, Dennis Lehane (1998)

The Little Friend, Donna Tartt (2002)

My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent (2017)

Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)

The Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)

My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh (2015)

Remember Me Like This, Bret Anthony Johnston (2014)

Songs for the Missing, Stewart O'Nan (2008)

The Way the Crow Flies, Anne-Marie MacDonald (2003) 

Motion Pictures

Doubt, Shanley (2008)

Gone, Baby, Gone, Affleck (2007)

Mystic River, Eastwood (2003)

Spotlight, McCarthy (2015)

Zodiac, Fincher (2007)


After Etan: The Missing Child Case That Held America Captive, 

     Lisa Cohen (2009)

"The Animals We Invent," Donald Quist (2016)

Because I Remember Terror Father I Remember You, 

     Sue William Silverman (1996)

The Face on the Milk Carton, Caroline B. Cooney (1991)

Investigator's Guide to Missing Child Cases,

     Center for Missing & Exploited Children (1987)

Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America, Paula S. Fass (1997)

Lost in the Heartland: Childhood, Region, and Iowa's Missing   

    Paperboys, Paul Renfro (2015)

"Stolen Children: What Can Be Done About Child Abduction,"

     Newsweek Staff (March 1984) 

Why Johnny Can't Come Home, Noreen Gosch (2000)


At the Heart of Gold, Carr (2019)

The Keepers, White (2017)

Leaving Neverland, Reed, 2019

Missing Johnny, MSNBC (2012)

Who Took Johnny, Beilinson, Hawley, Galinsky (2003)