“Spring-Serenity Duvall and Leigh Moscowitz provide a sophisticated and accessible analysis of news coverage concerning ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’—and in doing so expose the myths and moral panics rooted in gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation that shape U.S. cultural views of innocence, family and childhood, as well as deviance and crime. Their book goes well beyond the common criticism of news organizations that they afford outsized coverage to white, middle- and upper-class girls who are abducted, thereby ignoring children of color and those who do not fit the preferred profile. Instead, Snatched  provides nuanced readings of the news to generate fresh insights into this horrific crime.”

Marian Meyers, Professor, Department of Communication and the Institute of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University