Thank You very much to the publisher – Penguin Audio for the audio review copy.
Release date: 17 06 2021
Price*: Kindle £5.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £11.35 (GBP)
Kindle $7.39 (USD)/ Paperback $13.45 (USD)
Pages: ~ 448
My rating: Very close to awesome.
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What I learned from this book: That some sisters are very jealous and evil.
Description of the book: 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.
How this book made me feel: I heard a lot of brilliant reviews of this novel, so when I was offered to listen to an audiobook I grabbed the opportunity.
This book was not an easy one for me. I was confused from the beginning because the author of this book was one of the characters. I was convinced that Zoe Nolan actually existed and this book is based on a real disappearance. And I was gobsmacked to read that this whole case is fiction and none of these people really existed. This novel is told from multiple perspectives and the format chosen for this book is through recorded interviews of Zoe’s friends and family. Every character had a different narrator in the audiobook, and the whole experience was like listening to a true-crime podcast. Sometimes I did find it difficult to understand which character was talking because there is such a wide variety of them. The characters are very absorbing, different and complex. They all have something to hide and I loved to see their development throughout the story. I think the most layered character was Kim, Zoe’s twin sister, who was always compared to her beautiful and talented sister. All of the characters are full of secrets, mystery and unexpected discoveries.
The narrative was super absorbing for me. The author shared the past events, the whole story of the disappearance and what followed after that. Through such storytelling the growth and changes in the characters were so nicely portrayed, they felt like someone I actually knew. The story is full of creepiness, darkness and surprises. The topics discussed in this book were a competition between siblings, obsessive friendships, failed relationships, alcohol and drug abuse, search for true identity, self-exploration, looking for justice, ruined lives, obsessive parents and many, many more.
The writing style was impeccable, the whole book felt very personal, and including yourself as a character in the book was a brilliant strategy. The setting of the book constantly changed, depending on the person and the timing of the interview. I was truly absorbed with this novel, I listened to it in one day, I was so intrigued to find out what actually happened. I was quite disappointed with the ending of this book, even though I was surprised, I did not get my questions answered… 😦
So, to conclude, I loved this book, the characters are incredibly well-chosen and developed throughout this book and the plot always kept me engrossed in this story. I was so glad to listen to this audiobook, the narrators did such a great job bringing the characters back to life and it was only because of their marvellous work that this book felt extremely real. So if you have a chance to listen to this audiobook, I would strongly recommend it, and I hope you will like it as much as I did. 😉
Thank you for your time!<3
About the author: Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. He runs, writes and reads compulsively. His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages. The Smiling Man and The Sleepwalker are the second and third books in the series. True Crime Story is standalone.
Twitter: @josephknox__ / Instagram: @knobbth / Facebook: @JosephKnoxAuthor
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