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I Killed Zoe Spanos

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I have by dying to get my hands on this novel, so a huge thank you to Net Galley for an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Anna Ciccione is a recent high school graduate who has a job being a nanny for a precocious eight-year-old girl in Herron Mills Village. When she comes to town, she has no idea that the city is still reeling from Zoe Spanos' disappearance six months earlier. Anna comes to find out that she eerily resembles Zoe, and she is immediately drawn into researching her death. This research becomes an obsession, and she is not sure why this girl's disappearance so enthralls her. As the summer goes on, Anna begins to believe that she might actually have known Zoe and eventually confesses to her murder.

The novel is told in both the past and present tense as the reader finds out how Anna's summer is unfolding in Herron Mills and her experiences after confessing to the crime. There is also an added component of Martina's podcast that is looking into the disappearance of Zoe Spanos. You will love this novel if you are a fan of Sadie or We Were Liars. There was one twist that I never saw coming! I would highly recommend this novel and any other Kit Frick novel.
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I Killed Zoe Spanos was, as the author intended, a little Rebecca + Sadie + Serial with several unreliable narrators. When all evidence points in one direction, the reader is suddenly pulled in another. I always enjoy Kit Frick novels, and appreciate the publisher and NetGalley allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my review.
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YA thriller that I really enjoyed. I couldn't figure out what the ending was going to be, which was fun. This book was written very well and the podcasts were a great addtion. Switching back and forth from present to past was smooth and I never felt lost. Inspired by one of my favorite books, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I definitely got some Rebecca vibes from this book and I really loved it. The ending was good. I had hoped for a little more of a twist, but overall I really liked this book. Thank you netgalley and Simon and Schuster for allowing me to read this novel.
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[Review will be posted on Reader Voracious 6/9/2020.]

This was such an incredibly fun and twisty read! I Killed Zoe Spanos has multiple threads working together in concert, keeping the reader guessing on what to believe until the last pages. Effortlessly plotted and utterly bingeable, this book is the must-read mystery for this summer!

A Rebecca-inspired true crime story set in the Hamptons, Frick crafts a thrilling contemporary mystery that appeals to true crime and podcast lovers. Frick's passion for true crime shines through, and the addition of podcast episodes into the narrative adds an interesting layer to trying to uncover the truth.

I love it when mysteries have split timelines and multiple threads. I Killed Zoe Spanos starts with a confession in the "now" and alternates with "then" chapters until the timelines eventually meet in the last sixth of the book. It adds to the sense of trying to connect the dots, trying to see the clues to piece together how Anna got to "now."

"Secrets don't stay secret for long in Herron Mills."

It's the summer before her freshman year at college, and Anna is in need of a fresh start. She takes a summer nanny job for a family in the Hamptons over the summer to leave her partying past behind, but steps into a mystery she can't escape or explain. The community of Herron Mills is still reeling from the disappearance of Zoe Spanos last winter.

The characters and the character descriptions are so vivid. All of the characters are layered and fully-fledged, and I came to care for each of them even though I didn't trust a damn soul. While the cast of characters is overwhelmingly white, I appreciated the discussion of race, riches, and the intersectionality of privilege, as well as the mental illness acceptance.

"Answers - solid, definitive - let you sleep at night."

Between the "now" and "then" chapters are randomly interspersed podcast episodes. It's reminiscent of Sadie in that it shares interviews with friends of Zoe and provides an analytical look at the police's handling of the case. I love the personal and human element that the podcasts episodes give to Zoe's case. Where Sadie's podcast is an investigative journalist, Missing Zoe is produced by teenager Martina, friend of Zoe's sister and aspiring journalism major currently. She just wants to provide closure for her best friend's family and the community.

There are a lot of threads going on but I loved the feeling of tension and unease that it left me with while reading. I truly didn't know who to trust or even what the timeline was at times! This may be a problem for some readers, but it worked for me tantalizingly well.

Frick's writing is vivid and flows. I love how much attention to detail she provides while maintaining a fast paced and tense narrative. I was able to picture myself burning on the beach along with Anna, wind in my hair and the laughter of children in the air.

While I Killed Zoe Spanos is my first Kit Frick read, it will not be my last. I devoured this book in two days and it effectively helped cure some quarantine slump blues for me! I loved this book so much and highly recommend it to fans of twisty mysteries that keep you guessing!

Content warnings: absent parenting, alcohol abuse, death, loss of a loved one, murder, underage drinking and drug use
Representation: adoptee rep (Caden), biracial rep (Caden), poverty rep (Anna)

eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect the contents of my review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and may be changed upon final publication. I have pre-ordered a finished copy.
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Teenage girl (Anna) confesses to killing a girl (Zoe) that she has never met. Or has she? Can she trust her memories? This book will keep you guessing until the very end. 

I love reading mysteries and find that after reading so many it is hard to find a book that is't predictable. Usually I can figure out the "who done it" early on and end up reading the rest just to confirm my prediction. This book was such a pleasant surprise! It kept me guessing the entire time and I had so many theories about what was happening that ended up being all wrong. 

As a huge fan of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca I really appreciated the references. 

Overall, this is a well paced mystery that will hold your attention to the very end!
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This book was really good! I've been looking for a book like Sadie for months and this one exactly hit the spot. I stayed up all night reading because I was desperate to know how everything ended. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book.
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The true crime genre is heavily trending now.  With this novels addition of a podcast mixed with the narrative, readers will dive into I Killed Zoe Spanos.  Then you add an unreliable narrator that can’t remember things and admits to killing someone in the opening chapters, you have a mystery where readers will dive in trying to solve the crime.  Anna, the party girl, prone to blackouts, decides it’s time to distance herself from that life.  She takes a nanny job in the Hampton’s where she quickly learns she is replacing her doppelgänger, Zoe Spanos.  Zoe has been missing since New Year’s, and when her body has been found, it is Anna who believes she killed her.  Lots of twists and turns will lead the reader guessing until the end.
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So. Freaking. Good. 

Twisty and psychological with alternate timelines and a podcast made for a *perfect* book!!
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Unfortunately, I did not get on with the concept of this book but would recommend it to teens and those interested in murder-mystery.
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I loved this book! It is an amazing YA thriller set in NY. Anna, the main character, leaves her life behind to take a nannying job for the summer. New beginnings, right? Or, maybe not?! This book had me addicted and wanting to know how it would all turn out. I couldn't stop reading it and was very please with how it ended. This is a must read if you are a thriller junky like me :) I got the pleasure of reading this book, thanks to Net Galley, prior to the release date, but I did preorder a copy because I loved it that much!!
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Anna and Martina are tied together by Zoe Spanos. She went missing on New Year's Eve, and nobody knows what happened to her. Anna looks just like her and seems to be stepping into her life, and Martina is obsessed with finding the truth behind Zoe's disappearance. Did Zoe simply run away, or was Zoe the victim of something more sinister?

I'll definitely purchase and recommend this book--it's a twisty thriller, but not quite as dark or as graphic as some recent thrillers aimed at a YA audience, so it will appeal to a different audience than usual. I enjoyed the format--half is Anna's, from a first person perspective, and the other half is Martina's, with snippets from the media and a third-person narrative about her life--though I found myself more interested in Martina's ("Now") perspective much more than Anna's ("Then") perspective for most of the book. Martina was an insider, and I found myself wanting to know more about Zoe through Martina's perspective rather than continuing to follow Anna's perspective. The one thing that I didn't love about the book was that the relationships between characters seemed a bit shallow because most of the story was told from Anna's perspective, and she was in a completely new place surrounded by completely new people. No insta-love or insta-friendship here. Most of Anna's perspective is introspective, for good reason, so I never got a great read on other characters that seemed very interesting! In particular, I wish we got more of Martina's interactions with Aster, Martina's family, and Zoe's family! However, it was definitely an enjoyable read, and it will absolutely find an audience.
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**I received a copy of IKZS from the publisher.**

I just want to start by saying <I>I Killed Zoe Spanos</I> was so good. 

Anna, a recent high school graduate, takes a job out in the Hamptons as a nanny for the summer. She soon discovers that she looks an awful lot like Zoe Spanos, a girl who had gone missing after New Year's. She also begins having flashbacks of people, places, and events that she shouldn't know. 

Anna soon realizes that she killed Zoe Spanos....or did she?

Frick weaves an incredible tale of mystery, suspense, and the danger of secrets. This story moved quickly and the alternating perspectives (past, present, and pod-cast transcripts) help add to the pacing. This story kept me guessing until the very end and still Frick managed to surprise me right at the last moment. I was never totally sure what happened up until the very end...and still Frick managed to come out of nowhere with a twist. 

I can't wait to recommend this book to everyone.
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I was immediately intrigued by this book. The premise that a girl confessed to a murder that she didn’t believe she committed, and another girl set out to find the truth already had me hooked. I was ready to discover the truth.

Anna is such a troubled teen looking to right her past wrongs. She’s trying to grow up by settling her party side. But by taking steps to forget her past, memories start flooding her mind and now she has to decipher between truth and fiction.

I felt physically irritated while reading this. And I think for this type of book to illicit that type of reaction is good. I was mainly irritated because I am an impatient person and I wanted it revealed what happened. It didn’t settle right with me why Anna would confess to something she didn’t do. Why would she put herself in that position? I felt like while reading this I needed a suspect board with string attached to each picture and showing each connection and theory, Carrie Mathison off her psych meds “Homeland” style.

The writing and setup of this book was really unique. Between alternating points of view of past and present and changing between Anna’s first person and Martina’s third person narrative; this presented an interesting way to tell a story. The addition of the podcast really helped bridge the past with the present. Despite these tools used to connect moments in time, the reader, in this case, was left confused and without the story making sense. At times, between past and present, it felt like I was reading two different stories. 

There will be so many paths and theorized plots your mind will go through while you read this story. And really I didn’t know how this story was going to end until the very last page. It was a good thriller, but there were times where I was uninterested in the story. There were parts of the story that were hard to believe and for me it took a lot of away from the overall story. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for this eARC!
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This was a chilling delight, simply masterful! The plotting, pacing, characters, and twists were riveting and I wish I could read this for the first time again and again. I have loved every Kit Frit book but this one is my new favorite. Well done!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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When the premise said for fans of Sadie I knew I had to read this one. I thoroughly enjoyed that book! YA Mystery/Thrillers are my guilty pleasure and they are so easy to get caught up in. I Killed Zoe Spanos was no exception!

Anna is tired of the party/drinking life. She is ready to get away from it all which lands her in the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills. There isn't much we know about her besides that and her dad hasn't been in her life for a long time. Her new job as a nanny takes up a lot of her time. It would also probably be quite tiring, haha.

I don't think I really ever felt a connection towards her, or any of the other characters, because there wasn't much to go off of. I wasn't upset by this because books like this are always about the mystery/thrill!

The unique thing about this book is the layout. There are podcasts, interviews with the police, and chapters from before the the disappearance of Zoe and after all from Anna's perspective. I love when books do this! It adds so much and gives you more than one way to look at all the evidence. Even with it all, I still didn't guess who the real culprit was. I kept going back and forth and I was so surprised!

Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot! I can see why they would compare it with Sadie. It is thrilling and will have you not wanting to put it down until you know what really happened!
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