What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…
When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected–and that she knows what happened to her.
Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?
If you’re looking for a compelling beach read, I got you covered. I Killed Zoe Spanos will keep you in that beach chair for hours.
This is my first time reading this author, but it absolutely won’t be my last. I was glued to this book from the beginning and conjured up tons of theories about what was happening during the course of the story. Even then, only part of one of them turned out to be correct by the end.
Martina’s podcast is a clever way to introduce backstory – what happened with Zoe, who the suspects were, what the police did or didn’t do, etc., and it gives the reader a peek into her head since her POV is shared along with Anna’s. The alternating chapters between past and present made me even more curious to learn how the characters got from point A to point B, and it’s one of my favorite storytelling techniques. With such an intricate plot, I can just imagine the story boards the author must have created.
Although it works well with the story, I had to suspend my disbelief a tad with the way the investigators handled Zoe’s case. Still, I devoured this book in two days. Pay close attention near the end – things move fast and a lot of questions are answered.
With a heavy dose of red herrings and twists to keep you guessing, I Killed Zoe Spanos is a must read for mystery/thriller fans.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.