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True Crime Story

A Novel

by Joseph Knox

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True Crime Story by Joseph Knox
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  • Publishes in USA 
    Dec 7, 2021
    400 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Wendy A. (Durham, NC)
    True Crime- - fact or fiction
    It's a unique format for a "true crime" novel. It almost drove me crazy at the start. I felt like I needed a whiteboard or a cork board to keep track of all the personalities interviewed. We will never know if the transcriptions are authentic or a little bit of fiction. So, I asked myself if any harm had been done to the reader if the transcripts were, indeed, fictionalized. But in the end, who cares? It was a great read, albeit a slow page-turner, as I was trying to see through the interviewees. I re-read a lot of the entries a second, even a third time. So, if you are a fan of crime novels, try your hand at this one! You won't see it coming! Great book club exercise if you use a whiteboard or cork board!
  • Patricia T. (Fallbrook, CA)
    True Crime Story, by Joseph Knox
    I have just finished reading True Crime Story. Gripping! It is set at Manchester University in Northern England, and starts innocuously enough with a student disappearance just before the Christmas holidays. Not necessarily a major crime, and the Police are informed, but this is not a standard police procedural, and the missing girl, Zoe Nolan, is not quite the ordinary student she seemed to be at first. She also has an identical twin, also a student at the Uni, which of course complicates things.

    The book progresses by means of a series of interviews with all her friends, fellow students, family, and staff, brilliantly edited and arranged to provoke doubts, and send the reader off in all directions. Gradually all the characters reveal themselves with their own words. Who knew what, and when. Will she ever turn up?

    This is one of the most original books I have read in a long time, because of the format. It is different, feels real, as if it could actually be a "True Crime Story". Can't wait to read Sirens, the author's debut novel, don't know how I missed it.
  • Susan S. (Lafayette, CA)
    Very clever mystery
    This is a compelling mystery in which an attempt is being made to solve the question of what happened to a young woman who disappeared 10 years previously. It is told almost exclusively via interviews with various people who knew her. One thing I really liked is that I was not actually certain that all of the interviewees were telling the truth, and furthermore, assumptions I made about who might be lying and who might not be turned out to be wrong for several characters. It is very cleverly constructed, and once I found out what the actual solution was, I wanted to go back and read some parts again, knowing now where I had been misled. 
  • Kathy D. (Spotsylvania, VA)
    True Crime Story is fiction. Or is it?
    Although described as a novel, this engrossing story sure doesn't read like fiction! The title is what originally drew me to this book, and I was intrigued from the very first page. Mystery lovers will really enjoy this one. I loved it and appreciated the originality of the format in which the story was told. It truly blurred the lines between fact and fiction. I frequently had to keep reminding myself that "True Crime Story" is fiction (or is it?).
  • Diane C
    What is real here?
    Who to believe, when even the author appears as an unreliable character? A girl goes missing from her college. Seven years later, a writer pieces together the story through interviews with an assortment of friends, family members, police and others. It's very twisty, with segments of interviews intertwined to create something like an ongoing conversation. Great for those who like puzzlers!
  • Ginny H. (Troutdale, OR)
    True Crime Story
    Blending fact with fiction, Joseph Knox has written an impressive book about a university student who went missing walking home from a party. Told mainly through interviews with a writer years later, the characters are all unlikable. Joseph Knox is also featured in the story as he is consulted by the writer to give his perspective. An interesting and long read.
  • Chris (CA)
    Unique Format
    I really liked this book. The format was great - unique and intriguing. I wasn't sure if it was based on a true story, and I almost googled the characters' names. The characters were fairly well developed. There were enough plot twists to keep me turning pages and being surprised. However, I felt it was a little too long and the ending was not completely satisfying. There are so many topics for book clubs to discuss.
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