Like the best examples of true crime books, Every Parent’s Nightmare goes far beyond the tragedy at its centre and places it in its socio-economic context. Belinda Hawkins details how a death in Bulgaria back in 2007 became a highly politicised incident, and offers a convincing explanation as to why the trial was so sloppy and one-sided.
Jock Palfreeman’s Bulgarian tragedy
Every Parent’s Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father’s Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail
by Belinda Hawkins
Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 354 pp, 9781742379852
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