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True Crime Story

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2022 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist)

'A triumph. Dazzlingly original' Sunday Times
'Riveting and relentless...A unique story, brilliantly told' Terry Hayes
'Brilliant, compelling and original' Steve Cavanagh
'Highly original and mischievous' John Boyne

'What happens to those girls who go missing? What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world?'

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

Seven years after her disappearance, struggling writer Evelyn Mitchell finds herself drawn into the mystery. Through interviews with Zoe's closest friends and family, she begins piecing together what really happened in 2011. But where some versions of events overlap, aligning perfectly with one another, others stand in stark contrast, giving rise to troubling inconsistencies.

Shaken by revelations of Zoe's secret life, and stalked by a figure from the shadows, Evelyn turns to crime writer Joseph Knox to help make sense of a case where everyone has something to hide.

Zoe Nolan may be missing presumed dead, but her story is only just beginning.

Readers love TRUE CRIME STORY:

'Perfectly combines the best parts of true crime, fiction and mystery. Superb'
'My favourite read of 2021...fascinating, perplexing and bloody brilliant'
'I've been looking for something different and new in the crime genre. Here it is'

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Highly original and mischievous novel - a complete triumph." - John Boyne

"Pure genius - all the things you want to a crime novel to be, also hilarious. I love it." - Jane Casey

"Reads like a cinematic true crime documentary. Brilliant, compelling and original." - Steve Cavanagh

"Absolutely brilliant. I think it's a game-changer." - Martyn Waites

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