The Murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe

Everyone says Graham Catton was the perfect husband, professor and father.
Why would someone murder him?
His wife, Hannah Catton, tells the police she remembers nothing from the night of the murder.
Why would she lie to them?
Evidence against the accused, Mike Philips, is minimal and he protests his innocence throughout the
trial.
Why would they convict him?
Journalist Anna Byers has overturned numerous prison sentences with her popular podcast CONVICTION and she believes the wrong man is behind bars.
What will she do to help him?
Someone knows more about the murder than they’re telling. It may have been Hannah’s husband who was killed, but listeners are about to become judge, jury and executioner on this season of
CONVICTION.

My Thoughts

The story follows Hannah Catton, ten years after the death of her husband Graham. When Anna Byers starts a true crime podcast series looking in to the circumstances surrounding his murder. The person who is hosting the Podcast, has the strong opinion that the person who has been sentenced with his murder has been wrongly convicted, and is instead pointing the finger back at his widow – Hannah.

This causes Hannah’s world to crumble around her. The relationship with her partner and her daughter are put under tremendous stress as the scrutiny she is facing takes its toll on her life. This also leaves Hannah questioning everything she thought she knew about the night of Grahams death.

With Anna really driving her views to the public eye through her podcast, the backlash Hannah faces are lifechanging. The reaction from the public is fascinating and really portrays how quickly an opinion can spread through the world of social media. Alternating between the present day, where Hannah is struggling to hold her life together in any way she can, and the past events leading up to Grahams murder, we get a much clearer insight as to who she is, and what could have happened that fateful night.

I found this story captivating from the off. The idea of the story revolving round a true crime podcast make it all the more refreshing and completely unique, introducing us to a world in which the public become judge and jury in a person’s life. The story is perfectly paced, with the tensions and suspense gradually building with each passing chapter as the book reaches its crescendo and we get the answers we have been striving for throughout.

The characters are well developed and realistic, with human like flaws and weaknesses which allows you to connect with them much better. Hannah was a character that has me rather confused at times, only due to the fact that I couldn’t fathom out whether or not she is innocent or not!.

A brilliantly written, all consuming read that had me hooked to the very end. This was an absolute page turner, and one I will be urging everyone to read!.

About the Author

Katie is a graduate of the University of Birmingham with a BA(Hons) in English and an MPhil in Literature and Modernity, and in 2012 started her blog, Fat Girl PhD – writing about body image, feminism and health.

Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, and the BBC, as well as a number of media outlets in the US, Canada and Australia.

Katie is currently working on a PhD in Female Rage in Literary Modernism and the #MeToo Era. THE FURIES is her first novel.

*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, HarperCollins Publishers and Katie Lowe for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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