A Murder Without Motive by Martin McKenkenzie-Murray

Jem - HH Bondi Staff

A must for fans of Helen Garner, this is a chilling exploration of suburban malaise and toxic masculinity told via the murder of a young woman in Perth. Murray is a journalist for the Saturday Paper and he brings this investigative rigor to the text while also crafting electrifying prose that packs an emotional and intellectual punch.


A Murder without Motive is also of note because it functions as memoir. Murray's brother knew the man charged with murder and the intricacies of suburban life knitted the families together. By being present within the text Murray manages to also unpick the functions and limits of journalism in healing and documenting grief. This is true crime at it's most thoughtful and harrowing.