‘What happens to those girls who go missing? What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world?’
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.
What I Thought:
When you’ve read a lot of crime fiction and think you’ve seen just about everything, along comes a book like True Crime Story that is completely mindblowing!
This book is a masterclass in storytelling, as Joseph Knox unravels the disappearance of Zoe Nolan using a combination of interviews, emails between himself and fellow author Evelyn Mitchell and contemporary accounts of the crime from police and other sources.
Reading these accounts first hand gives the book a really intimate feel as we get to know Zoe, her twin sister Kim and their group of friends – it’s been a while since Zoe disappaered, so the group has, inevitably, turned on itself and it feels almost uncomfortable to get so familiar with these characters speaking about an event that has been a turning point for either better or worse in their lives.
On finishing the book, I recommended it to a friend as ‘like Daisy Jones and the Six, but crime’ and, while I was behind the curve on reading that book, I’m thrilled to be able to sing the praises of this book from practically day one!
Although the story is fictional, it is so well presented as fact that it is incredibly convincing – a quick Google later assures me that it isn’t real but every detail here is thought of, including publisher disclaimers and acknowledgements. It’s definitely a book I will continue to recommend.
True Crime Story is published by Doubleday.
You can find out more about Joseph Knox on his website.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.