Shadow of Doubt

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Publisher:
The Australian

Shadow of Doubt

4.1/5

Critic Rating

A mystery that just keeps twisting and turning. Journalist Richard Guilliatt - the reporter who exposed cancer fraudster Belle Gibson - investigates a confounding case, and a family torn apart.


Critic Reviews

Score: 4

Fiona McCann • Irish Times Jun 17, 2023

"Guilliatt tries to tie all this up in the final episode with a focus on doubt. It’s clear he doesn’t believe we have the full story, and that he hopes to raise reasonable doubt about the conviction. It’s also clear that he himself is conflicted, and that his attempts to get to some kind of journalistic truth have failed in a case he says was the hardest he ever investigated. What we are left with as listener is a traumatic story revisited for unmerited reasons, and a lot more questions. In the end, Shadow of a Doubt falls between two stools, failing to convince us of anything other than the depth of trauma at its heart."

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Score: 4.2

Ximena Smith • Radio New Zealand May 24, 2023

"[The host Richard Guilliatt] takes you through quite forensically bit by bit of the details of the case and... the aspects of it which don't stack up. Richard... is a journalist known for exposing the Australian brain cancer con woman Belle Gibson... and he's also written a book about how the repressed memory ritual abuse phenomenon unfolded in the 1990's in Australia, so he's obviously looking at this case through that lens, and he sees a lot of parallels between that work that he's done in the past and this current case. So you get very much a sense early on of his skepticism of the narrative that this abuse happened in the way the court case says it did, and you very much have to keep that in mind while you're listening…"

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