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.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 370
Date of Publication: July 1, 2021
My Rating: 4 Stars
Esme is a podcaster who has finally gotten the opportunity to interview Simone Fischer. Simone killed her husband while their son was in the next room. Was Simone a battered wife? Was killing her husband the only way to escape the horror facing her and her son? Simone has never spoken about her marriage and her husband's death, but she finally accepts Esme's offer for continued interviews.
Esme has a podcast and her first show will feature Simone. What Simone is soon to learn is that Esme is a kindred spirit. In chilling fashion as Esme begins to record interviews for her podcast, Simone begins relaying the tragic events of her marriage. All the while, things in Esme's life are falling apart. A couple of years previously, Esme's son Zachary was hurt in a hit an run accident. As Esme's marriage has ended, Michelle moved in with Esme to help with Zachary. However, Michelle had disappeared and was then attacked. Esme cannot help but wonder if what happened to Michelle was connected to the podcast.
While Esme continues her interviews with Simone, she tries to get behind Michelle's attack, all while the feeling that some people are not happy with her podcast. One person not in Esme's camp is her mother-in-law Brooke. Brooke is making Esme's life a living hell.
With rapid pacing, shocking twists and a jaw-dropping conclusion, The Evidence was a thrilling read that was impossible to put down. This book deals with the serious subject of marital abuse. In fact, the letter from Kim Slater at the end of the book offers great insight as to the types of abuse Simone and Esme suffered. I love Ms. Slater's books and have read more than a few and each and every one of them has been captivating, and this one is no exception.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.