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Title: The Evidence
Author: K. L. Slater
Genre: Suspense, Crime Fiction
Published: July 1st, 2021
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.
We want to believe they are good and true and so we do. We run with that. Then suddenly we can’t see what’s around us anymore; we can’t spot the signs. We’re blind to anything other than what they place right in front of our eyes and tell us is the truthThe Evidence, K. L. Slater
Simone has been convicted of killing her husband and sent to prison. Amidst nationwide hatred and despise for her, she has secluded herself and has refused to be interviewed. Now, for the first time, she allows a journalist Esme, to interview her. To hear her own side of the story.
The Evidence is fast paced, with each chapter ending in a twist. I love how Esme’s life is the main focus of the story. When she thinks everything is going well, her sister goes missing and after some days is found unconscious in a park. That’s when the story gets really interesting. It’s mindgripping and shocking to say the least. I enjoyed guessing on who I thought was the guilty one and that included Simone. I thought she might prove to be a psychopath pretending to be the victim in her marital life. I wasn’t ready for the shocking betrayal towards the end. Esme’s mother-in-law is another case of mother-in-law from hell. The nerve of that lady! I can’t believe people can be that horrible. But yeah, people can definitely be and worse.
The book discusses a lot of issues including domestic violence. This is very obvious in Simone’s life, as her abusive husband was inflicting on her both physically and mentally. I flinched a lot reading how she was manhandled and insulted by him. It really got me furious reading about the inhumane treatment she had to go through. Esme, even though It doesn’t look like it, was living with a controlling husband as well. Even though they separated, he was still somewhat trying to control her. I think her interview with Simone helped her realize that she was in a similar situation as well. The signs were all there but she didn’t realize. Abuse of this kind could be psychical, psychological, or even emotional. Whichever one it is, abuse is abuse and control is control. Living under these circumstances are depressing and awful. That is why I say Esme and Simone are warriors. Strong women that never give up.
Thank you very much to Netgalley, the Publisher and the author for the arc copy.
About The Author
Kim is the number one bestselling author of sixteen psychological crime thrillers. She has sold over two million copies of her books worldwide. She has also written four Carnegie-nominated Young Adult novels as Kim Slater for Macmillan Children’s Books. Kim has an MA in Creative Writing and lives with her husband in a small Nottinghamshire village.
Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson
Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Facebook: KL Slater Author