I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…
When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected–and that she knows what happened to her.
Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?
We did it, Joe! We found a really good YA mystery/thriller!
In all seriousness, I really enjoyed this book. The concept was great and really well-executed. The setting of the Hamptons in the summer was fantastic. I really enjoyed the characters. Anna was great, and I liked her relationship with the girl she nannied. Her relationship with the side characters was also great.
And, most importantly, the mystery was really well-executed. It was interesting and intriguing, and actually well thought out. There were no cheap tricks. There were certain tropes I thought it was going to follow that it ended up avoiding, so that was great. The explanations made sense, and the twist was great. Everything felt real and believable, which was the best part.
I loved the podcast element of the book as well. It helped explore the mystery without Anna being a detective and without this book feeling a police procedural.
Overall, I’d highly, highly recommend this if you enjoy YA mystery thrillers or if, like me, you want to enjoy them but don’t.
But those are just my thoughts! Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!