I can see her through the glass door. She’s smaller in real life than I expected. She looks the exact opposite of the type of woman that might murder her husband.
Everyone’s heard of Simone Fischer. The young mother accused of killing her husband in cold blood, one sunny afternoon, while their son played in the room next door.
So when journalist Esme secures an exclusive interview with her it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. Simone has remained silent since her husband’s death but after a decade in prison, she is willing to talk to Esme. And Esme, recently freed from her own toxic marriage, is confident she can get Simone to open up.
At their first meeting, when Esme sees Simone sitting across the table from her in jeans and a lemon tunic top, she is stuck by her ordinariness. Then Simone begins to tell her story of an abusive relationship where she was a prisoner in her own home, and Esme decides that the truth needs to come out.
But not everyone is pleased that Esme is telling Simone’s story. And when Esme’s beloved sister is left for dead in a nearby wood, Esme’s life begins to unravel. Forced to question what Simone has told her, she can’t help but wonder if murder was the only way out of Simone’s marriage. Why has it taken Simone so long to tell the world the truth? And will the consequences be devastating for Esme?
An utterly addictive and jaw-dropping read from bestselling author K.L. Slater about the darkness behind closed doors. If you like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train you will LOVE The Evidence.
Esme is overjoyed when her fledgling true-crime podcast manages to secure what is notoriously one of the hardest to obtain interviewees.
She now has exclusive access to Simone Fischer, a woman who was convicted for murdering her abusive husband, who has until now refused to speak to the media about the events that took place surrounding her arrest. The more time Esme spends with Simone, the more she can see similarities between them – especially when it comes down to their marriages, and from here onwards a tentative friendship begins to form between these women.
However, the worst is yet to come for Esme, when her sister Michelle is found seriously injured and abandoned in the woods. As Esme’s life begins to unravel at al alarming speed around her, she loses focus on the podcast as she tries to take in everything that is happening around her, alongside having to fathom out who she can trust and who is behind her sisters attack, it is safe to say that she has every reason to be feeling somewhat overwhelmed by it all.
As the story pushes forward, the tension levels reach dizzying heights – keeping you well and truly perched on the edge of your seat as the plot begins to unfold. I loved the snippets of Simone’s interview that was interlaced throughout the book, giving us a much better insight as to who she is as an individual, and the truth behind what happened back then. My heart really went out to Esme too, as she tried to pick up the pieces of her life that was crumbling around her. Not only was she dealing with the break up of her marriage, she then had to try and come to terms with her sisters brutal attack, all whilst trying to hold on to the podcast that she had built up from the ground.
Despite having my inclinations as to how the story may well conclude, nothing could have prepared me for that ending!. The devious twist that takes place is completely unexpected, and left me utterly shocked, yet extremely giddy all at once as I do love a book that delivers the unexpected!. K. L. Slater has once again provided us with a chilling tale that has you perched on the edge of your seat as the plot unfolds. If, like me, you love a captivating read, then you simply MUST read this book!.
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About the Author
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.
*Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bookouture and K. L. Slater 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.*