Audiobook Review: ‘I Killed Zoe Spanos’

I’ve heard about this mystery thriller for a while and when I didn’t know what to pick up next, and saw this audiobook was available at my library, I figured it was time! This audiobook features multiple narrators and a podcast throughout and I’m always here for unique formats such as this.

Title: I Killed Zoe Spanos
Author: Kit Frick
Series: Standalone
Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Goodreads Summary

Anna takes a job as a nanny in the Hamptons on Long Island, NY for the summer. Little does she know, she looks almost exactly like a girl, Zoe Spanos, who disappeared 6 months prior on New Year Eve/Day. She finds herself with memories she can’t remember happening and knows things she doesn’t know how she knows – and believes she killed Zoe Spanos.

This is a mystery book that will keep you turning the pages to find out what the heck is going on, and can easily be read in one sitting!

I really enjoyed that this takes place on Long Island – as that’s where I live! While I don’t live in the Hamptons, its nice to hear familiar town names and places I recognize like the Riverhead Aquarium. This also takes place during the summer months, so I’m happy I read this in August to feel the full moment of the summer heat and the relief of going to the ocean or in a pool. I’m big for reading books in the season they’re set in – so if you wanted to check out I Killed Zoe Spanos, the summer is perfect.

This story is told in Then and Now sections, with Anna over the summer as a nanny and Anna in jail accused of murder – and how the pieces fit together. One of Zoe’s friends, Martina, created a podcast because she felt the police weren’t doing enough to search for Zoe. She was an adult when she “ran away” so thats what they consider it – a run away case. I enjoyed Martina’s podcast sections of the book because as an audiobook, there are multiple narrators for the people she interviews and we get to hear their voices including sound effects such as over the phone.

I did enjoy this book a lot and it kept me wanting to know the outcome, but I didn’t love it. Anna is an unreliable narrator and personally I hate unreliable narrators. She herself admits in the beginning she is forgetful and her memory is brought into question throughout this book – can she trust her memory? I’ve seen I Killed Zoe Spanos compared to Sadie by Courtney Summers, and while its similar in that there is a missing girl and there are podcast sections throughout the book, I’d almost consider this more similar to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart due to the unreliable narrator.

It was a fun read but with all the high reviews I’ve seen of this, I expected more so I was left a little disappointed. I’m still giving this a 3.5 star, rounded down to 3 stars on Goodreads – so if you were ever curious about it, its worth giving a try!

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As mentioned above, I loved this story as an audiobook and highly recommend listening to it! There are different narrators and POV’s for the Then and Now section, and for the podcast sections. I love multiple narrators and it always adds another dimension to the story. And listening to it, you can’t just flip to the end and find out who the killer was!

I ended up on 2.5x speed for the most part, the podcast sections I had to slow down due to the speed of the narrators.

My Rating:

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This is the perfect summer murder mystery thriller read. It’s set in summer, so now is the time to read it! I was guessing until the very end and couldn’t wait to see how all the pieces would add up – and its not what you might expect. If you’re looking for a good mystery story, give this one a try.

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