Title: The Evidence
Author: K L Slater
Genre: Mystery Thriller
# of pages: 370
Published on: 1st July 2021
Published by: Bookouture
Esme Fox is a journalist who runs a start-up media company that runs podcasts for true crime. Her journalistic values made her move from a famous media company in London.
Simone Fischer was convicted of the murder of her husband twenty years back. Simone never spoke about it the whole time. She kept her silence.
Now, Esme is interviewing Simone as she is ready to speak to her. She wants to tell the world her story.
Esme runs her podcast production along with her sister Michelle Fox. Soon after Esme started this podcast, Michelle was left for dead in the woods. Everything comes crashing down in her life. Her world is falling apart. Something sinister is at work.
The story follows Esme Fox as she has set up her new business involving her skills as an investigative journalist. Her latest case involves the 20-year-old murder of Grant Austin Fischer. She has a lot going on in her life. Her young child met with a trauma that left him bruised not just physically but mentally as well. She is amid a separation from her husband, Owen. Owen is trying his best to walk back into her life.
Esme is portrayed as a strong woman and remains level-headed in the face of trouble. She is self-aware and, she knows she has to trade-off crucial aspects of her life.
The structure of the book is divided between podcasts and narrators. Esme narrates the story in the first person. Her narration is interspersed with Justine’s narration. The element of suspense increases with each chapter.
There is a small pool of characters. Each one of them is well developed. Slater has added a pinch of darkness and malevolence. It just increased the tension for the readers and desperation for Esme.
The central theme of the book is abuse, trauma and loss. All such events can change the inherent traits of a personality.
The mystery is explained at a gradual pace and leaves the reader in a jaw-dropping moment.
The evidence is Slater’s 15th novel and, the book’s addictive element is one notch higher.
Thank you, NetGalley and Bookouture, for the copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.