I just started SEE HOW SMALL by Scott Blackwood. Probably about 30 pages in and already I have this weird conflict about it. So going in, I knew it had something to do with four girls who were killed in an ice cream shop. When I mentioned this to my girlfriend, she immediately brought up the Yogurt Shop Murders. I told her no, it's just a novel with a similar sounding incident as the starting off point.
Quick background: We are both long time Austin residents, and anyone who has been here for a bit of time remembers the Yogurt Shop Murders, where four girls working at a TCBY were murdered after hours. They were tied up with their own clothes, shot in the head, and the place was set ablaze. Three of the four girls were stacked on top of each other. HORRIBLE incident that to this day is still unsolved.
So I start reading the book today on my lunch break. It's going to be a quick one, only a couple hundred pages. The writing isn't bad. Oh wait, I see mention of Zilker Park, so this book is set in Austin. Hmm. Quick flip to the back flap of the book and I see the author is a longtime resident of Austin, now residing in Chicago. Oooookay. And I read enough to see that the writer used every exact detail of the Yogurt Shop Murders. Ties with their own clothes. Shot in the head. Stacked on top of each other. Place set ablaze. Basically this writer took the details of the real tragedy and, just changed the names and when it occured (5 years ago as opposed to '91). It looks like this book is about the families of the (fictional) victims and how they coped afterwards. It may even have the occasional narration by one of the (fictional) victims spirit or ghost.
So now I don't know if I even want to read this book. I did a quick scan of the jacked and the acknowledgment page in the back and nowhere does it even mention the real incident or real families. Nothing. Like he made the whole thing up. I'm not one to get offended easily, but man, it just feels like it's in poor taste.