In the early hours of Saturday, December 17, 2011, Zoe Nolan, a 19-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.

TRUE CRIME STORY charts a breathless and bewildering eight-year investigation into the seemingly unexplainable disappearance of Zoe Nolan, examining the complicity of her friends and family, as well as that of its failing author, who’s just clamouring to know more. But who can tell what is fact and what is fiction?

My review

With thanks to Anne from Random Things Tours for allowing me to join this intriguing tour and providing a paperback copy to review.

With a disappearance of a student, this chilling story of investigation and truths produce a story of its very own. Zoe Nolan is presumed dead, however there are more twists to this story that makes you think, there is more to this disappearance than first thought.

There are various characters that are interviewed to find out more about Zoe and her life, bringing this whodunnit type of story to life. One of the characters is the author himself – Joseph Knox, so this brought a new depth to the story that I really liked.

The story is throughly engrossed in the characters themselves, talking about the last 10 years of their stories, that have become distorted from when Zoe went missing. They all have something to say and have an impact on the story as you read it.

The ending I really enjoyed, not all stories end up as simple as you would believe and this one is one of those, you are pulled into a different reality, which creates questions of your own. I love this type of read which makes you question not just what happened but the characters themselves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, definitely a recommended read!

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About the Author

JOSEPH KNOX was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. He runs, writes and reads compulsively. His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages. THE SMILING MAN and THE SLEEPWALKERare the second and third books in his bestselling and highly praised Aidan Waits series.

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