Posted on Aug 31, 2020 by | Comments (0)
Ok, I’m going to go out on a limb here and give this a 5 star rating... you heard me...5 stars. (Ok, maybe more like 4.5, rounded up to 5. But I really liked it a lot, so I'm feeling generous.)
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book - “I Killed Zoe Spanos” is categorized as a Young Adult fiction/mystery/thriller. And as broad as that is, I’d say it is fairly accurate. There is definitely a mystery about Zoe’s disappearance, which is very thrilling at times. But the book also contains dialogue about racism and class distinctions. I can’t say that I am totally able to categorize this novel, however, I know what I like, and I liked this!
The subtle nods to “Rebecca” by Daphne de Maurier were probably what clinched it for me though - the almost Gothic feel to the writing at times, especially in the flash backs or memories. The unreliable narrator added an extra touch of mystery as well as an almost filmy quality to the narration which made the book feel like an old black and white movie. What is going on under the surface of this polished neighborhood in the Hamptons? If only we could see it clearer through the mist...
The author definitely knows how to weave a story - several times I was pretty sure I knew what had happened, who killed Zoe, only to be convinced 5 chapters later that it was a completely different person. The ending was the only thing that perhaps dropped this book half a star for me because I felt like the reader had gotten so many different stories and motives throughout the book that the one we were left with was never hinted at. (And I like to be able to at least go back and notice where I missed some clues or red flags.) There were just SO.MANY.THREADS to this story line! So many different characters who might have done it. And that might have been what also made it so wonderful. This book keeps you guessing, right up to the very end.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a nice twisty mystery without a lot of gore!