We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

You have to remember, he reminded me, that Harvard is older than the U.S. government. You have to remember because Harvard doesn't let you forget. 1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest; the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-fem You have to remember, he reminded me, that Harvard is older than the U.S. government. You have to remember becau...

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Title:We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence
Author:Becky Cooper
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:We Keep the Dead Close
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:501 pages pages

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Reviews

  • JanB
    Jan 11, 2021
    Dnf. I enjoy true crime so went in expecting a straightforward case but instead the narrative is a lot about the author, sexism, and the culture in elite academia. Which is fine, but the title led me to expect something else entirely. Also, the case was eventually solved using DNA t...
  • Rincey
    Dec 21, 2020
    I really, really loved how thoroughly researched and investigated this story was but also found it to be so compelling Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/0yKBYt6CIVo I really, really loved how thoroughly researched and investigated this story was but also found it to be so co...
  • Elyse  Walters
    Dec 23, 2020
    Audiobook.... read by the author ( ha, of course I think ) After ten years researching the life & murder of Jane Britton, (the archeology dept. and the institute of Harvard itself), no way would Becky Cooper let it fall into the hands of another voice narrator. The investiga...
  • Rennie
    Sep 13, 2020
    I?ve been wary, and just generally sick, of the recent true crime/memoir trend of authors inserting themselves into narratives when they have nothing to do with the crime story they want to tell. So I approached this with caution. This book is exactly how it should be done though. Ei...
  • Will Byrnes
    Dec 10, 2020
    I?m here because, for the past ten years. I have been haunted by a murder that took place a few steps away. It was told to me my junior year of college like a ghost story: a young woman, a Harvard graduate student of archaeology, was bludgeoned to death in her off-campus apartment...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Aug 23, 2020
    True crime is not usually my thing, so I was apprehensive when the ARC of We Keep the Dead Close turned up in my mailbox. It looked interesting, but would it be lurid and sensationalistic? Fortunately, the answer is a resounding "Nope!" This was like a 400-page New Yorker art...
  • Cazlam
    Jun 16, 2020
    This was one of those books that you read a few pages, go about your day, then get a twinge of excitement remembering you have it there waiting for you to continue. I am not sure how to feel about the ending ? but I think that is the the point. ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Oct 26, 2020
    ?She loved Kurt Vonnegut and often quoted him. ?Peculiar travel suggestions are like dancing lessons from God,? she would say, perhaps dreaming of digs in distant countries, though her favorite was from The Sirens of Titans: ?I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we a...
  • Sarah
    Nov 18, 2020
    3.5 rounded up True crime as a genre has experienced something of a resurgence in recent years, with all sorts of media (books, tv shows, movies, podcasts etc.) covering all manner of cases and crimes, recent and historic. But with this there has been increased criticism of the comm...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 06, 2020
    Writing a work of true crime that includes your own personal story is a risky proposition. I have seen it done very well and I have seen it done very very badly. I approach the subgenre with some skepticism because there needs to be a reason that you belong in this story that is more t...
  • Becca
    Sep 19, 2020
    True crime is a tough genre, since the author needs to be able to hold the reader's interest long enough to get them through the story, rather than immediately jumping to Wikipedia. It's also really, really tricky for an author to successfully weave their own experience of in...
  • Quirkyreader
    Aug 07, 2020
    First off, I won this as a goodreads giveaway. Thank you Grand Central Publishing and Hachette Book Group. This book is completely different from other books I have read in the True Crime Genre. It was a combination of a memoir and a True Crime narrative. Often, as readers, we forge...
  • Susan
    Jan 23, 2021
    On the seventh of January, 1969, anthropology student, Jane Britton, was meant to be taking an exam at Harvard. When she didn?t turn up, her boyfriend headed over to her rooms and, with a neighbour, found her bludgeoned to death in her apartment. Found covered with fur blankets and r...
  • Tooter
    Nov 26, 2020
    4 Stars ...
  • Jennifer
    Oct 30, 2020
    I fell in love with Jane, the protagonist of this real-life mystery. I identified with her, and she reminded of me of many women I know: gifted and hurt, self-destructive and brilliant, loving and alluring, and so alive. The end of her story takes place at Harvard graduate school fo...
  • Kelsey (Kelseylovesbooks)
    Nov 17, 2020
    This is a really tough one for me to review. We Keep the Dead Close is a compulsive read- I was sucked in from the start. The author does a great job of making you feel as though you know the victim, Jane Britton. Her personality and perseverance in a time when women did not always see...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Sep 03, 2020
    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway!! I haven?t won one in a very long time! I hope it?s good! ...
  • Sabrina
    Nov 15, 2020
    In similar fashion to In Cold Blood, "We Keep The Dead Close" is about the then-not-solved murder of Jane Britton and from that point on it's an analysis of gender inequality in academia, the power of a institution like Harvard, the construction of myths and gossip as a ...
  • Toni
    Oct 02, 2020
    Author and journalist, Becky Cooper, first heard about Jane Britton?s murder while she was a junior at Harvard in Cambridge, not far from that apartment where Jane met her death. However, when she heard it back in 2009, sitting in a park near the Charles River on a unseasonably war...
  • Tara Carberry
    Aug 17, 2020
    DNF halfway through. The details of the case hooked me in the first pages, but felt it dragged on and just lost me. ...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Nov 24, 2020
    Disappointing content and the wrong subtitle. Unfortunately 92% of this book must?ve been written before the DNA from the case was analyzed. This created a scenario where once the killer was revealed by DNA testing, the preceding 92% of the book was obsolete conjectures, rumors, and ...
  • Sarah at Sarah's Bookshelves
    Nov 10, 2020
    Literary true crime (The Devil in the White City, In Cold Blood, In the Garden of Good and Evil) is one of my favorite sub-genres and the good ones are rare finds! We Keep the Dead Close is part true crime, part memoir (Cooper shares her own story of investigating Jane?s death and th...
  • abby
    Nov 09, 2020
    She was a myth. A legend. A cautionary tale. In 1969, a young woman, a gradate student at Harvard's department of archaeology, is found dead in her apartment, her body covered in red ochre as if in some ritualistic, prehistoric burial rite. There are the rumors. A professor, born ...
  • Katie B
    Oct 20, 2020
    3.5 stars This true crime book featured a fascinating case but I thought the author inserted herself into the story more often than necessary. Stuff like her dating life or going to a bachelorette party was odd filler. I would have been completely fine if the author condensed her th...
  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    Nov 16, 2020
    Not since Ronan Farrow's book 'Catch & Kill' & Michelle McNamara's 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark" have I read a book so well-researched, positively captivating, & addictively all-consuming. Part-memoir, part true-crime/whodunit murder mystery ...
  • John
    Dec 27, 2020
    Story - 4.5/5 Narration - 5/5 This amazing true crime story was ostensibly about the murder of a Harvard student, possibly at the hands a professor, but what it really was about is sexual harassment. Normally, I roll my eyes at any kind of -ism in my reading, because I'm j...
  • Maximilian Birner
    Nov 02, 2020
    It goes without saying, massive props to Becky Cooper for writing We Keep The Dead Close. This book deserves your money alone for how much effort you can visibly tell she put into it. For any other author, this book would be an absolute monster to write, but it simultaneously felt like...
  • Kathleen
    Nov 14, 2020
    It?s wrong (both artistically and ethically) to use Jane Britton?s murder to lure readers into this mediocre memoir about the author. I doubt as many people would have picked this book up if it was sold as what it is (My Life at Harvard, by Becky Cooper), which makes the whole ente...
  • Gobookmart
    Dec 07, 2020
    WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE: A MURDER AT HARVARD AND A HALF CENTURY OF SILENCE is of the most intriguing true crime novel I have perused for the current year. A deep dive into an unsolved murder that happened at Harvard in 1969. A female graduate student was killed in her own apartment, jus...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    Jan 09, 2021
    More than just a true crime book, We Keep the Dead Close is a powerful exploration of the misogyny and oppression often found in academia. Great read! Full review to come. ...