Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered - Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff

Talking about true-crime and murder has never been more acceptable and that is down to these two. Georgia and Karen host one of the world's top-rated true crime podcasts, 'My Favourite Murder' and it has gone from strength to strength giving them a legion of fans who call themselves 'murderinos' coined from a Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons.

Anyone who has listened to one of my conversations will know I try and butt a fact about murder or crime at the most inopportune moments and it usually leaves me without many people to talk to going forward. Karen and Georgia take that need to talk about crime and have blown it up, full-scale. At least I know I'm not alone in my fascination anymore! Picking up this book has been on my 'urgently need to do' list for a long long time but since working from home I've found new love with listening to these two and so I couldn't put off getting the book any longer. I suppose I also thought it necessary since I got a tattoo in dedication to them (sorry mum).

Reading this was just like listening to one of their podcasts, it was filled with funny quips and anecdotes about their lives growing up as latch-key kids that left me laughing, but it also got real and showed the effects of drug/alcohol abuse, eating disorders and depression. Long-time fans of both Karen and Georgia will know they are not shy when discussing on the podcast the aspects of their life that left them at rock-bottom and the book is no different. Chapters dedicated to near misses and stupid mistakes make the reader feel less alone in their bad decisions and I can only commend them on being so brutally harsh and honest so we do not make those mistakes ourselves, or, if we already have, how it does get better.

Neither Karen nor Georgia are writers and obviously, this book was not made to dazzle and amaze the literary critics, but it hits home for those who connect with the broken and beaten-down which I think we've all been at some point. Recently I have really struggled with working at home on my own and listening to MFM really kept me going some days and they encouraged what was already being said to me in that it's okay to ask for help if you need it.

I loved the book, but I loved the effect MFM has had on me more. With support from my family and friends, I have been working on my mental health and the kick I needed was knowing I wasn't alone in it all. 2020 has been really difficult but we have big plans and I hope we can kick off 2021 in the right way!

Thank you to everyone for their support this year. I have enjoyed reading more than ever this year (mostly because I had more time to do it) and I wouldn't have the drive to do so without support from my friends on Bookstagram, my friends in real life, and most of all, my family.

Here's to 2021!

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