Book review: True Crime Story by Joseph Knox


‘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.


I went into this book knowing very little about it and I think that helped make my reading experience of this one so incredibly brilliant. I’m going to attempt to review this as blankly as I possibly can whilst still getting across the message that this is the best crime-thriller I’ve read in probably years?!⁠

This is an absolutely wild story that surprised me at every turn. I’ve seen other reviewers saying the beginning confused them, but just roll with it, the story gains traction quickly. If I was able to, this would have been a one-sitting read. There are revelations in this that had my jaw-dropping and gasping out loud. I was beyond excited finding out all the twists and unexpected turns in this story.⁠

I love a book that reads differently from normal. This isn’t set out like a normal book, you uncover the story through interviews with a cast of different people, almost like reading a true-crime documentary. It also features a mix of ways of getting the information and story across. This book features emails, news articles, social media posts etc, all of which I loved!⁠

I can’t find fault with this story but I do recognise elements in this that I know other readers might not enjoy. Firstly, all the characters are unlikeable. I don’t need to like or relate to characters to enjoy a book, in fact, I think the unlikability of the characters was one of the elements that fuelled me forward with this story, but I know this is important to some readers. Another thing to note is a lot of loose ends. I’m happy reading a book where not all the plots are neatly rounded up, but this one does feature quite a few of those, so if that is something you don’t enjoy in your mystery-thrillers, this one might not be for you.⁠

I feel like thrillers are so subjective but I loved this SO MUCH and I WILL be recommending it to everyone. Knox is unbelievably clever, this book is FANTASTIC and I won’t stop talking or thinking about this for a long looong time.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 400
Edition Published:
Genre: Mystery, Crime
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.29

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