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A journalist, Esme, with her own podcast took up the case of an infamous murderer, Simone, who killed her husband, stabbing him many times while her son was in the next room.
But Esme had her own problems with a recuperating son, a separated husband, manipulating MIL, a sister who had disappeared then found beaten to an inch of her life, and workmates with secrets.
I loved how the author K. L. Slater warped Esme’s life, with so many life problems revolving around her. To try to solve each one of them got my creative juices flowing. Simone’s story was another mystery, though I solved that quite earlier on.
The writing and story concept was quite mature. I liked that genuine emotions and circumstances kept the story real. Twists were unexpected, some shocked me to rethink my theories.
But I didn’t like Esme. At all. She was quite a pushover, who hardly ever stood up for herself. That irritated me as I kept prodding her, then gave up. But the mysteries around her were kept on a tight leash by the author, making it a fast read.
Thriller by podcasts is a new concept of writing. It was well used here along with the narrative prose. Great fun.
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I can see her through the glass door. She’s smaller in real life than I expected. She looks the exact opposite of the type of woman that might murder her husband.
Everyone’s heard of Simone Fischer. The young mother accused of killing her husband in cold blood, one sunny afternoon, while their son played in the room next door.
So when journalist Esme secures an exclusive interview with her it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. Simone has remained silent since her husband’s death but after a decade in prison, she is willing to talk to Esme. And Esme, recently freed from her own toxic marriage, is confident she can get Simone to open up.
At their first meeting, when Esme sees Simone sitting across the table from her in jeans and a lemon tunic top, she is stuck by her ordinariness. Then Simone begins to tell her story of an abusive relationship where she was a prisoner in her own home, and Esme decides that the truth needs to come out.
But not everyone is pleased that Esme is telling Simone’s story. And when Esme’s beloved sister is left for dead in a nearby wood, Esme’s life begins to unravel. Forced to question what Simone has told her, she can’t help but wonder if murder was the only way out of Simone’s marriage. Why has it taken Simone so long to tell the world the truth? And will the consequences be devastating for Esme?
Publication Date: July 2021
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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