I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Mystery/Thriller, 384 pages, published in 2020

Anna takes a nanny job in the Hamptons for the summer before college, but what she expects to be a peaceful summer in a beach town immediately takes a different turn. She is constantly told by the locals that she looks like Zoe Spanos, the missing girl from the town, and she begins to have memories that make her think she was involved in Zoe’s disappearance.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Content Warnings: non-consensual kissing, schizophrenia, murder/death

I was really intrigued by this book because of the striking cover and sprayed edges. I hate comparing things like this, but I was hoping it would be similar to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, so maybe I was going in with too many expectations, but this book did not stick the landing for me.

It is told in alternating chapters of past and present, told in first and third person respectively. I generally like formats like this because it keeps things interesting and I love trying to figure out where the two timelines meet. The first person chapters kind of suffered because of these alternating chapters, because it just took so long to get information that wasn’t just about how Anna’s summer was going. For the whole book, the chapters are strictly Anna’s first person POV in the past, then a third person POV in the present, but in the last few chapters, this changes. This really bothered me because if you’re going to have a pattern, stick to it.

I definitely was curious about finding out what happened to Zoe and seeing if Anna was involved, so that propelled me through the book. I did not particularly care about Anna as a character. She just made such chaotic decisions and even at the beginning of the book, I was pretty down with the idea that she did kill Zoe, because it really felt like something she would do.

The reveals at the end of this book felt kind of lack luster to me. They left me feeling “oh.” instead of “ooOOOOhhhHHHH”, if you know what I mean 😂. Most things made sense, but it just felt a little anti-climactic to me.

This book wasn’t bad by any means, but it didn’t blow me away. I had a fairly enjoyable time reading it, but it’s not going to stick with me.

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