December 2021 Indie Next List
“True Crime Story is a riveting work of fiction that reads like a guilty pleasure tabloid. When a struggling writer delves into a mystery, she finds all involved have something to hide. A great twisty thriller where nothing is as it seems.”
— Mary O'Malley, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO
"Ingenious... truly immersive: complex, disturbing, unexpectedly funny and very smart."—The Guardian
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What happens to all the girls who go missing?
The thrilling story of a university student's sudden disappearance, the woman who became obsessed with her case, and the crime writer who uncovered the chilling truth about what happened...
In 2011, Zoe Nolan walked out of her dormitory in Manchester and was never seen or heard from again. Her case went cold. Her story was sad, certainly, but hardly sensational, crime writer Joseph Knox thought. He wouldn't have given her any more thought were it not for his friend, Evelyn Mitchell. Another writer struggling to come up with a new idea, Evelyn was wondering just what happens to all the girls who go missing. What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world?
Evelyn began investigating herself, interviewing Zoe's family and friends, and emailing Joseph with chapters of the book she was writing with her findings. Uneasy with the corkscrew twists and turns, Joseph Knox embedded himself in the case, ultimately discovering a truth more tragic and shocking than he could have possibly imagined...
Just remember: Everything you read is fiction.
Praise for True Crime Story:
"Mr. Knox is a fantastic writer. His ambitious fourth novel satirises and celebrates the true-crime genre with glee. True Crime Story, by turns horrific and hilarious, is scandalously entertaining."
—The Times (UK)
"The gifted Joseph Knox continues his upwards trajectory with True Crime Story forging something original and innovative."
—Financial Times (UK)
"This is one of the most engaging cold-case novels I have read."
—Literary Review (UK)
"Reads like a cinematic true crime documentary. Brilliant, compelling and original." — Steve Cavanagh, award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn series
"Highly original and mischievous novel – a complete triumph." — John Boyne, bestselling author of A Ladder to the Sky
"Absolutely brilliant. I think it's a game-changer." — Martyn Waites, author of The Woman in Black
"Pure genius – all the things you want to a crime novel to be, also hilarious. I love it." — Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan novels
"True Crime Story is phenomenal. One of the most original thrillers I've read in years, perhaps ever. A gritty, twisted murder mystery told in the unique style of a true crime account. I've rarely raced through a book so fast. I'm just gutted that it's probably ruined me for thrillers for a good long while! Absolutely remarkable." — Erin Young, author of The Fields
"Riveting and relentless. A unique story, brilliantly told." — Terry Hayes, author of I Am Pilgrim
"The impressively twisty plot drops one bombshell revelation after another. Twin Peaks fans won't want to miss this one." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
"Mr. Knox is a fantastic writer. His ambitious fourth novel satirises and celebrates the true-crime genre with glee. True Crime Story, by turns horrific and hilarious, is scandalously entertaining." — The Times
"The gifted Joseph Knox continues his upwards trajectory with True Crime Story forging something original and innovative." — Financial Times
"Joseph Knox now offers an ingenious metafictional work about a cold case involving the disappearance of Zoe Nolan... This is one of the most engaging cold-case novels I have read." — Literary Review
"Knox the author pulls off a hybrid triumph: at once an old-fashioned whodunnit and a smart postmodern literary novel asking questions about the ethics of all editing, as well as the true-crime genre." — The Sunday Times