A refreshing, compelling and unique take on the crime thriller genre!
True Crime Story by Joseph Knox
In the early hours of Saturday 17 December 2011, Zoe Nolan, a nineteen-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.
She was never seen again.
Seven years after her disappearance, struggling writer Evelyn Mitchell finds herself drawn into the mystery.
Through interviews with Zoe ‘ s closest friends and family, she begins piecing together what really happened in 2011.
But where some versions of events overlap, aligning perfectly with one another, others stand in stark contrast, giving rise to troubling inconsistencies.
Shaken by revelations of Zoe ‘ s secret life, and stalked by a figure from the shadows, Evelyn turns to crime writer Joseph Knox to help make sense of a case where everyone has something to hide.
Zoe Nolan may be missing presumed dead, but her story is only just beginning.
Firstly I absolutely loved the layout and style of this book. The story is told via transcripts of interviews with each character along with copies of emails sent between Evelyn and the author Joseph Knox.
This is one of those books that will have you questioning whether what you are reading is actually real or just a work of fiction. It was just so well executed and the way the author placed himself within the story of the book really brought the whole thing to life and definitely gave it that ‘non-fiction’ / true crime vibe. I’ll admit I even googled to see if what I was reading was true it was that convincing.
I loved the pace of the book as I always find interview style books easy to read and there was also the added layer of not knowing who to trust. At times I felt like this could have been a Netflix documentary and will have you in full detective mode trying to figure out if you can spot anything from the interviews or if you can pick up on any discrepancies with some of the retelling of what happened that night.
It’s full of secrets, twists and kept me guessing until the very end. The only reason why it missed out on 5 stars was because of the ending unfortunately – after all the suspense throughout I was hoping for a complete jaw dropping or explosive reveal / ending but I just didn’t feel like it did that. I would have preferred a different ending.
Apart from that minor niggle with the ending, overall this was a refreshing, compelling and unique take on the crime thriller genre that I thoroughly enjoyed.