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This gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost. 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 find This gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost. 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?


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This gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost. 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 find This gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost. 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?

30 review for I Killed Zoe Spanos

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    There's nothing more exciting then discovering a new favorite! I Killed Zoe Spanos is everything I am looking for in a YA Mystery. A couple of months ago, I read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, and promptly proclaimed it my new favorite YA Mystery/Thriller. I also initially said it would be hard to beat. The next thing I know, Kit Frick comes along with this beauty and shattered all my expectations. I love this book so much, y'all. An all new favorite!! I will admit, right out of th There's nothing more exciting then discovering a new favorite! I Killed Zoe Spanos is everything I am looking for in a YA Mystery. A couple of months ago, I read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, and promptly proclaimed it my new favorite YA Mystery/Thriller. I also initially said it would be hard to beat. The next thing I know, Kit Frick comes along with this beauty and shattered all my expectations. I love this book so much, y'all. An all new favorite!! I will admit, right out of the gate, that I know this isn't going to be for everyone. However, for me, this was pretty damn near perfect. Our protagonist, Anna Cicconi, has accepted a position as a summer nanny for a family in the small Hamptons village of, Herron Mills. She has recently graduated high school and is trying to turn over a new leaf before starting college in the Fall. This includes distancing herself from city life, particularly her best friend, Kaylee, who is a party girl through and through. Anna has been running wild lately and doesn't like how she feels about herself after. The blackout nights are the worst. She just needs to stay away from alcohol for the summer, put her head down, and concentrate on saving money for school. Once she is settled in, she can hardly believe her luck. The little girl she is caring for, Paisley, is really sweet and easy, plus the house she is staying in is completely swank. Anna does have one problem though, the nights. She has every evening off and needs to stay occupied because it is never good for her to sit too long with her thoughts. She starts to go on a lot of nighttime walks, exploring the property grounds and surrounding neighborhood. It's on one of these excursions when she happens to meet the cute and mysterious boy next door, Caden, for the first time. He is home from Yale for the summer, staying in his family mansion, Windmere. Caden is surprised to meet Anna as well, as she looks shockingly like his fiance, Zoe Spanos, who has been missing since New Years Eve. It's not the first time Anna has experienced this. Around town people are definitely shocked upon seeing the similarity between her and the missing girl. Paired with the fact that Anna begins to have memories of Herron Mills, even though she has never been there before, it's not surprising when she starts to believe she and Zoe may have had a connection. Interspersed amongst the current narrative chapters, we also have the transcripts of podcast episodes by Martina Green, investigating Zoe's disappearance. Even though the police believe Zoe simply ran away, Martina, best friend of Zoe's younger sister, Aster, doesn't buy it. She begins her own investigation and documents it through her podcast. It's so good. I love, love, love the podcast element as a way to tell the story. The back and forth, the way details of Zoe's life and disappearance are exposed, was absolutely intoxicating. Once I got into this story, I could not put it down. Racing towards the conclusion, I had no idea how it was going to end. Were Zoe and Anna connected? Was something supernatural happening? Is Zoe alive? Are Zoe and Anna the same person!? I was confused, I was intrigued, I was loving every minute of it! This is a summer Thriller everyone will want to read. I may read it again, actually, once the audiobook is released. I would love to see how they handle the podcast in the audio. So, in short, if you love intense, twisty-turny Thrillers, with a possibly unreliable narrator, a podcast, amateur sleuthing and multiple red herrings, you definitely need to pick this book up! Thank you so much to the publisher, Margaret K. McElderry Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. There's nothing like finding a new favorite!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    New US Pub Date: June 30, 2020 "It was an accident, but... I killed Zoe Spanos." Talk about a twisty YA thriller! Kit Frick has quickly become one of my favorite writers of teen mysteries, and for good reason; she's learned the subtle are of distraction. Most mediocre thriller writers can drop a generic red herring and then lead the reader to the big reveal, but it takes an incredibly dedicated and talented author to create multiple, believable scenarios that keep the reader floundering between th New US Pub Date: June 30, 2020 "It was an accident, but... I killed Zoe Spanos." Talk about a twisty YA thriller! Kit Frick has quickly become one of my favorite writers of teen mysteries, and for good reason; she's learned the subtle are of distraction. Most mediocre thriller writers can drop a generic red herring and then lead the reader to the big reveal, but it takes an incredibly dedicated and talented author to create multiple, believable scenarios that keep the reader floundering between them until the AHA! moment at the end, which is precisely what Frick does in each of her books. You may think you know what happened to Zoe, but there is a deeper, craftier game at stake, and you get more mysteries than you may have bargained for in this title. Highly recommended to fans of pod cast thrillers! *Many thanks to the author and the publisher for my review copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Anna is new to Herron Mills in the Hamptons, working as a summer nanny. Her fun-filled summer is eclipsed by the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, who has been missing for a few months. Anna and Zoe look alike, and that only adds fuel to the fire about town. When Zoe’s body is found two months later, Anna is charged with the crime. She confesses, but it’s a bit of a mess and doesn’t seem to fit the crime. Martina Green, another teen, is the host of the Missing Zoe podcast, and she works nonstop to pro Anna is new to Herron Mills in the Hamptons, working as a summer nanny. Her fun-filled summer is eclipsed by the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, who has been missing for a few months. Anna and Zoe look alike, and that only adds fuel to the fire about town. When Zoe’s body is found two months later, Anna is charged with the crime. She confesses, but it’s a bit of a mess and doesn’t seem to fit the crime. Martina Green, another teen, is the host of the Missing Zoe podcast, and she works nonstop to prove that Anna isn’t really the killer. This book was inspired by Rebecca! I still have not read Rebecca, but I want to read it all the more now. This book kept me guessing. Everything you thought was true will be challenged. Overall, it was pretty wild and exciting, and I enjoyed Kit Frick’s style! I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A mystery mixed with a podcast? Yes, please! What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried… Anna decides that taking a summer nanny position in the Hampton's is just the fresh start that she needs before starting college. Over the last year her and her best friend have taken to the party scene. Drinking out of control, taking drugs for recreation, and hooking up with boys she can barely remember. Anna is now growing tired of the hang overs and black outs and yearns to get away. Once she arrives in t A mystery mixed with a podcast? Yes, please! What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried… Anna decides that taking a summer nanny position in the Hampton's is just the fresh start that she needs before starting college. Over the last year her and her best friend have taken to the party scene. Drinking out of control, taking drugs for recreation, and hooking up with boys she can barely remember. Anna is now growing tired of the hang overs and black outs and yearns to get away. Once she arrives in the Hampton's she quickly draws the eyes of strangers. It appears that she bears an uncanny resemblance to a local girl, Zoe Spanos, that has gone missing. Two months later, when Zoe's body is found, it is Anna that confesses to her murder. Martina Jenkins is best friends with Zoe's sister, Aster. A budding journalist in the making she starts and hosts the Missing Zoe podcast. Unsatisfied with Anna's confession she intends to find out who is actually responsible with killing Zoe. I stumbled a bit in the beginning with keeping all the characters straight but once I hit the 20% mark this book really took off and I had a hard time putting this down. Until...... That Ending! GAH! It was all a bit too much if I'm being honest and I had a hard time suspending disbelief in what had been such a compelling story until then. Such a shame. The writing itself is terrific and after reading other reviews please know that I am in the minority with my opinion on this. Do read this if it piques your interest because you will be rewarded with a captivating mystery and while the ending didn't work for me it just may work for you. 3 stars! Thank you to Edelweiss and Margaret K. McElderry Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    2020 seems to be the new era of YA Murder Mysteries

  6. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka

    An unreliable narrator and a mystery that just keeps getting weirder? Yes please! This was hella fun to read and totally messed up. Even if you figure out some of the pieces, there will still be a puzzle. Thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC. An unreliable narrator and a mystery that just keeps getting weirder? Yes please! This was hella fun to read and totally messed up. Even if you figure out some of the pieces, there will still be a puzzle. Thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kit Frick

    UPDATE 7/1/20: ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ is out in the world, and I could not be more thrilled that it's the B&N YA Book Club pick for July! UPDATE 4/3/20: Due to [gestures broadly] ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ will be coming out a bit later than planned. New pub date June 30, 2020! This also means the Pre-Order Promo has been extended through 6/29/20, so there's more time to pre-order and make a difference. https://kitfrick.com/preorder/ UPDATE 3/23/20: Two exciting things! 1) There's a Goodreads giveaw UPDATE 7/1/20: ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ is out in the world, and I could not be more thrilled that it's the B&N YA Book Club pick for July! UPDATE 4/3/20: Due to [gestures broadly] ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ will be coming out a bit later than planned. New pub date June 30, 2020! This also means the Pre-Order Promo has been extended through 6/29/20, so there's more time to pre-order and make a difference. https://kitfrick.com/preorder/ UPDATE 3/23/20: Two exciting things! 1) There's a Goodreads giveaway for 100 PRINT ARCs running now through 4/15, so go forth and enter! 2) The ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ Pre-Order Promo has launched! For every entry now through 6/1/20, I’ll be donating $2 to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to assist in their mission to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. And I’ll send you a swag pack too! https://kitfrick.com/preorder/ UPDATE 1/8/20: The Street Team application is now open! Want to join me to promote my seaside murder mystery while completing challenges and earning swag & prizes? The ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ street team application is open! Deadline to apply is Fri 1/17. UPDATE 12/14/19: The interest form for the Early Reviewer List is now closed, buuuuut if you want to read ZOE early and join me for some fun book promo, you're in luck! Stay tuned in January for the Street Team application! UPDATE 11/7/19: Are you a frequent reviewer on GR? Want to read an eARC for I KILLED ZOE SPANOS early? The interest form for the Early Reviewer List is now live! UPDATE 7/1/19: The final title is here! WINDERMERE is now I KILLED ZOE SPANOS, and I'm so excited to share it with you all in summer 2020! UPDATE 5/26/19: A new, improved title is coming! Hint: It has 4 words. Stay tuned. :) I'm so excited to share Windermere with you in summer 2020! Think YA Rebecca in the Hamptons. This book was a BALL to write and combines so many things I love to read about in one suspenseful package--which is probably why I needed to write it. You're in for: *ALL the Rebecca Easter eggs! I grew up with the Daphne du Maurier classic, and while this is not a strict re-telling (the plot takes its own path; there's a departure from the classic villain and ending) fans of Rebecca will find a whole host of references and tributes in Windermere's pages. Oh--and the role of the “Rebecca” character is elevated in a feminist reversal of the classic! *A podcast produced by a local teen. When police drop the ball on the investigation of a missing girl, high school junior Martina Green produces her own investigative podcast to ask the hard questions the police seem to be ignoring. *The Hamptons! This setting was a blast to dig into, and you'll find allusions to Grey Gardens and Hamptons history, architecture, and lore here. *Two points of view + not one but THREE timelines.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Wow! I haven't been this engrossed by a YA thriller since Eileen Cook's You Owe Me A Murder--and I Killed Zoe Spanos is another rare YA thriller that gives adult titles a run for their money. Loosely based on Rebecca (you definitely don't have to have read it to enjoy this novel, says the person who vaguely remembers it from hs) I Killed Zoe Spears is about Anna, a girl from NYC who comes to the Hamptons to be a nanny and escape her current life. As soon as she arrives, the mystery of what happen Wow! I haven't been this engrossed by a YA thriller since Eileen Cook's You Owe Me A Murder--and I Killed Zoe Spanos is another rare YA thriller that gives adult titles a run for their money. Loosely based on Rebecca (you definitely don't have to have read it to enjoy this novel, says the person who vaguely remembers it from hs) I Killed Zoe Spears is about Anna, a girl from NYC who comes to the Hamptons to be a nanny and escape her current life. As soon as she arrives, the mystery of what happened to Zoe, who has been missing for months, takes over Anna's life. It's a crackling, tense read, with about 800 possible killers (including Anna) and I did *not* see the killer coming and I love it when that happens! Atmospheric, smart, and complex, with richly drawn characters and a nonstop story, I Killed Zoe Spanos is what Courtney Summers' Sadie should have been, and will absolutely appeal to YA readers as well as adult thriller/suspense/mystery readers. One of the best books I've read in 2020 and very highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    Thank you Netgalley and Simon and Shuster for providing an ARC of I killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick for an honest review. One of the best YA Thrillers I have read in a long time! From the beginning of this story it kept me guessing on what was really going on all the way till the end. Anna believes she killed Zoe Spanos she doesnt remember quite how it happened but she knows she did it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    A murder mystery, podcast style! I’m such a sucker for books like this. The book alternates between a first person POV, our main protagonist Anna, who scored a summer nanny gig in the Hamptons, and a third person POV with Martina, our podcast host. I really enjoyed how the story comes together. If you enjoyed Sadie by Courtney Summers and/or Serial, check this one out!

  11. 4 out of 5

    여리고

    Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster and the author herself for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever. Quotation used is subject to change upon publication. TW: Death, juvenile detention, (view spoiler)[arson, drug overdose, missing person, accidental murder (hide spoiler)] "But there are some secrets—my secrets—that Windermere wil Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster and the author herself for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever. Quotation used is subject to change upon publication. TW: Death, juvenile detention, (view spoiler)[arson, drug overdose, missing person, accidental murder (hide spoiler)] "But there are some secrets—my secrets—that Windermere will hold forever, trapped beneath the ash like spilled blood." I have to say, I'm impressed. You know the feeling you get when you have so many thoughts coalescing in your mind that you just cannot seem to find the right words to describe how you are feeling? Like something has just left you so hollow and frail that one wrong move would shatter your whole existence into a million tiny fragments and erase you from the world completely? That is how I feel towards this book. For weeks, I have been jonesing for some decent, if not mind-boggling ya thrillers to pass this quarantine season. Now look where that has gotten me, utterly seduced by this wonderfully constructed piece of a gem. This book is so much more than just a whodunit murder mystery for the real murderer of Zoe Spanos. It also revolves around the many mysteries surrounding the lives of other characters, including those that seemed fiddling at first. They are much more than just a wide array of filler cast, with a few of them being even involved in the life and death of Zoe Spanos. Beguiling plot, confounding twists and layered characters are not just what this book has got to offer. The places where the events took place are also teeming with profound richness, from the backdrop of Clovelly Cottage that goes a long way to the glassed-in pool of the Spanos' abode, the roaring sight of beaches, parks, windmills, horses' stable and Windermere in all its mystifying antiquity and alluring beauty in the past. Another thing that added to the book's appeal is the style of writing as well as the added podcast narration style that makes it more immersive than it already is. It magically transported me to the luxurious lifestyle of living in the Hamptons. Ms. Frick, with success, has ensnared me with the way she weaved her words and has entranced me with all the ways she steered the story's development, from multiple plot points coming altogether to form one hell of an ending. This book is a slow-build narrative that captures you straight away right into the story. My only gripe wih it is there were quite a few loose ends that otherwise ended on various open interpretations. They could have been given enough clarity to put my mind at ease. (view spoiler)[For instance, I think it was not very clearly indicated in the book that Aster was the one who burned the stall and the reason behind the action unless I missed it? Also, the case about Starr and whatever happened to her? (hide spoiler)] But other than that, I am absolutely sure you would not want to miss this remarkable novel. I cannot declare exactly if this is the author's best novel to date but I can assure you all this will not be the last time I read a Kit Frick title. In fact, I might be able to get to her previous works sooner rather than later. Read this, savor this, and put your mind to this until you get to the point where you, without a doubt, will come to realize you don't know what hit you because that is how unpredictable I Killed Zoe Spanos is.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria Zuppardi

    Definitely an interesting story, with a good cast of characters! I really liked all the twists and turns, and the podcast element was such a bonus! Thank you Simon & Schuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! Definitely an interesting story, with a good cast of characters! I really liked all the twists and turns, and the podcast element was such a bonus! Thank you Simon & Schuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  13. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy of I KILLED ZOE SPANOS by Kit Frick in exchange for my honest review.*** The summer before starting college Anna gets a nanny job in The Hamptons. She soon discovers she bears an uncanny resemblance to missing girl Zoe Spanos, catching people off guard. Next door is Windmere, the home of Zoe’s fiancé Caden, whom Anna befriends while quietly seeking information about Zoe. Near the beginning of I KILLED ZOE SPANOS, An ***Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy of I KILLED ZOE SPANOS by Kit Frick in exchange for my honest review.*** The summer before starting college Anna gets a nanny job in The Hamptons. She soon discovers she bears an uncanny resemblance to missing girl Zoe Spanos, catching people off guard. Next door is Windmere, the home of Zoe’s fiancé Caden, whom Anna befriends while quietly seeking information about Zoe. Near the beginning of I KILLED ZOE SPANOS, Anna confesses to Zoe’s murder, but has no memory of the crime. She isn’t even certain she’s met Zoe. Flashes of memory distract her, memories that can’t be real. Premonitions? Perhaps. Elsewhere Martina, Zoe’s younger sister’s best friend, produces a podcast question what really happened to Zoe. I KILLES ZOE SPANOS, Kit Frick’s finest work to date, kept me guessing for most of the book. Anna *seemed* innocent, but appearances can be deceiving. If she is guilty, perhaps the murder happened during a blackout, alcohol or mental illness induced. Or maybe Caden, the devoted fiancé has a dark side? Perhaps Max, a guy she meets at the aquarium who spooks her eight-year-old charge killed Zoe. So many suspects. Mystery lovers will devour I KILLED ZOE SPANOS. I hope Kit Frick never stops writing dark teenage females.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ludwig Reads

    ”But there are some secrets—my secrets—that Windermere will hold forever, trapped beneath the ash like spilled blood.” This was a creatively-crafted mystery about a girl who moves to the Hamptons in order to start a nannying job, only to find out that the town is on edge over the disappearance of another girl who looks exactly like her. What’s going on? Just the fact that the author had thought of such a unique premise is mind-blowing. And all throughout the book, you can sense author’s confidence ”But there are some secrets—my secrets—that Windermere will hold forever, trapped beneath the ash like spilled blood.” This was a creatively-crafted mystery about a girl who moves to the Hamptons in order to start a nannying job, only to find out that the town is on edge over the disappearance of another girl who looks exactly like her. What’s going on? Just the fact that the author had thought of such a unique premise is mind-blowing. And all throughout the book, you can sense author’s confidence as she lulls you into this world of lies and secrets, where two girls’ lives become entangled in the most sinister way. Something happened to Zoe Spanos when she went missing on New Years Eve, and Anna - our main character - has to find out what happened. As the days pass by, she starts developing an obsession for a podcast dedicated to the missing girl, called “Missing Zoe”. What was most spine-chilling about the storyline are the dreams/nightmares that our main character was having about the victim - I couldn’t get enough of those parts. They were written beautifully and in a way that will make you shiver. In a nutshell, I can describe I Killed Zoe Spanos as a modern, podcast-inspired YA adult version of Du Maurier’s Rebecca, taking place in a captivating setting that makes the story even more appealing to follow.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    3 stars (release date June 30, 2020) You can read all of my reviews at https://www.NerdGirlLovesBooks.com. This is a pretty good YA Mystery/Thriller about a teenager working as a nanny in the Hamptons who confesses to the murder of a young woman that she may never have met. High School graduate Anna escapes her troubled life in Brooklyn to work as a nanny for the summer in the small Long Island town of Herron Mills. She's hoping for a fresh start from her hard-partying days as a high school senior. 3 stars (release date June 30, 2020) You can read all of my reviews at https://www.NerdGirlLovesBooks.com. This is a pretty good YA Mystery/Thriller about a teenager working as a nanny in the Hamptons who confesses to the murder of a young woman that she may never have met. High School graduate Anna escapes her troubled life in Brooklyn to work as a nanny for the summer in the small Long Island town of Herron Mills. She's hoping for a fresh start from her hard-partying days as a high school senior. But her hopes of having a quiet summer are dashed when she discovers that she bears a striking resemblance to Zoe Spanos, a local girl that has been missing since New Years Eve. People that knew Zoe have strong feelings about her disappearance, and as Anna learns more about Zoe, she gets the eerie feeling that she and Zoe are somehow connected - and that she knows what happened to her. At the end of the summer Zoe's body is discovered and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But things don't add up and Martina Green, the teen host of a podcast about Zoe's disappearance, keeps digging into the case to find the truth. This is a quick and easy read, with a few surprising twists in the story. The book drags in the middle and the multiple times that Anna has memory issues or deja vu could have been handled differently and starts to get old, but I guess the author needed to bulk up the "mystery" part of the story. Most of those moments didn't really make a lot of sense, particularly the multiple times that Anna seems to "zone out" and not remember she had plans or was supposed to do something. There are a few unnecessary supporting characters that add clunky red herrings to the story and don't make a lot of sense. They appear to be added simply to fit the "mystery book" formula. While there is nothing earth shattering new in this book, it's an ok read. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Anna Cicconi is ready to turn over a new leaf. She’s done with hard partying that ends in blackouts and is ready to start college in the fall. But first- she has a pretty great summer gig in the Hamptons as the nanny for a charming eight-year-old. When Anna arrives in the small community of Herron Mills, she’s almost instantly pulled into the mystery of missing 19-year-old local Zoe Spanos, who hasn’t been seen since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears a striking resemblance to Zoe and the more she learns Anna Cicconi is ready to turn over a new leaf. She’s done with hard partying that ends in blackouts and is ready to start college in the fall. But first- she has a pretty great summer gig in the Hamptons as the nanny for a charming eight-year-old. When Anna arrives in the small community of Herron Mills, she’s almost instantly pulled into the mystery of missing 19-year-old local Zoe Spanos, who hasn’t been seen since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears a striking resemblance to Zoe and the more she learns about the missing young woman, Anna is convinced she knew Zoe and may even know what happened to her. When Zoe’s body is found at the bottom of the lake that summer, Anna is charged with second-degree manslaughter after supplying police with an odd confession that doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. Local teen Martina Green doesn’t feel the police have done the work necessary to uncover the truth behind Zoe’s death, especially when the autopsy doesn’t support Anna’s claims. Martina’s podcast, Missing Zoe, has gained national attention. Can she uncover the truth and clear Anna’s name? I Killed Zoe Spanos is a YA novel inspired by the Daphne du Maurier classic Rebecca. Instead of Manderley, readers are given Windemere, a crumbling estate located in the Hamptons. There are plenty of suspicious characters and muddled memories that make Anna an unreliable narrator seeking the truth after plenty of convenient blackouts. I guessed the connection between Zoe and Anna immediately but there was no way I could’ve guessed the truth behind Zoe’s death. It was a bit too convoluted for me and required a suspension of disbelief I didn’t care for. It moved at a great pace but needed more time to flesh out the creepiness of Windemere if Frick wanted to captivate readers with the deep foreboding found in Rebecca. All in all, a fun summer YA thriller that was entertaining but wasn’t a total stand-out for me. Thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I Killed Zoe Spanos is scheduled for release on July 1, 2020. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    You can read an excerpt of this amazing mystery over on Hypeable!Review to come closer to publication date, but I loved this book so much and highly recommend it to fans of twisty mysteries that keep you guessing! ✨ Pre-order incentive: Receive a bookmark, sticker, and $2 donation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for every copy that is pre-ordered with receipt submitted by June 29th.♦ The first edition hardcover will feature gorgeous blue sprayed edges. (First printing on You can read an excerpt of this amazing mystery over on Hypeable!Review to come closer to publication date, but I loved this book so much and highly recommend it to fans of twisty mysteries that keep you guessing! ✨ Pre-order incentive: Receive a bookmark, sticker, and $2 donation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for every copy that is pre-ordered with receipt submitted by June 29th.♦ The first edition hardcover will feature gorgeous blue sprayed edges. (First printing only!) ♦ The audiobook will feature a full-cast recording!eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect the contents of my review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and may be changed upon final publication. I have pre-ordered a finished copy.Blog | Twitter | Pinterest

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    OH MY GOD. Masterful. Brilliant. This is one of the smartest, most intricately plotted books I've ever read. I am in awe.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    I was left clueless right up until the end 😂 Definitely a page turner! 🙌🏻 I didn't think the audiobook really added anything though, in fact I was a bit confused about who was who sometimes hehe A character called Zoe and a full cast audiobook.... obvs I'm reading this on release day

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lilly (Lair Of Books)

    ARC received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

  22. 5 out of 5

    lexi ✨

    2.5-3 i don’t think i’ve read anything like this before, & i’m shocked because i usually don’t gravitate towards books with plots like this, but i liked it. surprisingly, i liked the format. i liked how it would go from past to present with podcast transcripts included. i thought that was definitely original & it was done fairly well. i know this kind of format might be a little confusing to follow sometimes, but it works well with the storyline. i feel like there was way too much going on in the 2.5-3 i don’t think i’ve read anything like this before, & i’m shocked because i usually don’t gravitate towards books with plots like this, but i liked it. surprisingly, i liked the format. i liked how it would go from past to present with podcast transcripts included. i thought that was definitely original & it was done fairly well. i know this kind of format might be a little confusing to follow sometimes, but it works well with the storyline. i feel like there was way too much going on in the end. it was just an endless sea of tying together all the pieces we’ve gathered throughout the entire book. i understand that the author wanted the reader to have some sort of conclusion or some type of way to combine the reasoning & memories of all the characters, but i found it to be way too much to take in. it felt rushed & some events just seemed like they were pulled out of nowhere. personally i liked some characters, & didn’t like others, but i was able to recognize everyone’s purpose. i liked that even though there were a lot of characters they all had a purpose to move the plot along. i liked anna a lot, but i also felt really bad for her because she really went through a lot. it’s really hard to figure out what’s real when your mind is playing tricks on you. martina was cool too i really admired her dedication to trying to solve zoe spanos’ case through her podcast. i would’ve liked if the book was a little more organized with the ideas & events that were incorporated because it seemed a little all over the place especially at the end. i would’ve liked if it flowed better, but for what it was it was enjoyable. - arc provided by simon & schuster via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela Walker

    Anna admits on record she killed Zoe Spanos. Anna is a teenager with an absent parent who parties too much. The summer before heading to college she's determined to be a better person so she gets a job away from the city as a nanny for a wealthy hard working family. Once at the beach side village she finds out she looks real similar to Zoe, a girl that has been missing since New Year's Eve. Every where Anna turns she finds herself connected to the missing girl. Told from Anna's POV in two timeli Anna admits on record she killed Zoe Spanos. Anna is a teenager with an absent parent who parties too much. The summer before heading to college she's determined to be a better person so she gets a job away from the city as a nanny for a wealthy hard working family. Once at the beach side village she finds out she looks real similar to Zoe, a girl that has been missing since New Year's Eve. Every where Anna turns she finds herself connected to the missing girl. Told from Anna's POV in two timelines: after she confessed to killing Zoe and before she came to Herron Mills. There are also written transcripts of the Podcast episodes of Missing Zoe and Martina's POV on her quest for truth. I love a good mystery, its been a favorite genre for me this year. The whole time I was trying to figure out what happened on New Year's Eve and never guessed. The obvious mystery repeated over and again I thought nothing of so at the end I did not expect that plot twist either. I was contacted by the author to be an early reviewer. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    I Killed Zoe Spanos is one of those books you don't want to put down. I read the last 60% in one sitting, reading later than I usually do at night. There are multiple timelines in this book. We find out right away that Anna confessed to the crime of killing Zoe Spanos and disposing of her body. Anna gives details, including Zoe falling from a balcony 3 stories high. We go back to when Anna first goes to The Hamptons for a summer nanny job before college. She's watching an eight year old girl, Pai I Killed Zoe Spanos is one of those books you don't want to put down. I read the last 60% in one sitting, reading later than I usually do at night. There are multiple timelines in this book. We find out right away that Anna confessed to the crime of killing Zoe Spanos and disposing of her body. Anna gives details, including Zoe falling from a balcony 3 stories high. We go back to when Anna first goes to The Hamptons for a summer nanny job before college. She's watching an eight year old girl, Paisley. Anna will be staying in the pool/guest house. Most of her time with Paisley will be going to the beach and movies. Nothing major. Paisley and her mom interviewed Anna in NYC and she got the job. Anna just wanted to escape after months of drinking until she blacked out. Her best friend, Kaylee, always wanted to go to parties, so Anna needed to leave. She's never been there before. Right after arriving, people start telling her that she looks like a missing girl, Zoe Spanos. Anna finds out that Zoe used to nanny for Paisley and it's part of the reason Paisley wanted her. Their eye color and skin tones were different, but they did look very much alike. The boy next door, Caden, was Zoe's boyfriend. He freaks out a bit when meeting Anna. Over time, they do become friends. Anna also befriends a future journalist, Martina, and Zoe's sister, Aster. Martina has been working on a podcast trying to piece together everything she knows about Zoe's new year's eve disappearance. Aster is just sad and blames herself for not protecting Zoe. Anna also meets an older guy, Max, but Paisley doesn't like him for some reason. Anna feels a bit odd around him. While visiting different places, Anna starts feeling like she's been there before. She asks her mom who tells her they've never been there. But the feelings increase into pieces of memories. Anna starts having visions of her, Zoe, and Kaylee together. But that can't be right since she's never even met Zoe. Over time, the memories get to her so much that she confesses to the police. Martina had been trying to solve the case, especially after Zoe's body had been found. She starts going back covering everything she knows while finding out secrets that were being kept. This book is full of twists and secrets. You never really know who to trust. Even when they tell the "truth", it might not be the full truth. Both Aster and Caden noticed a difference in Zoe when she came home for Christmas break. Zoe went to a different college from Caden, but they spent most weekends together. That slowed down in the months before Zoe disappeared. The police questioned a few people, but since Zoe was 19 and there was a train ticket purchased, they just assumed she ran away. I loved the pacing and twists in this book. It definitely got in my head at times. Warnings for talk of alcohol addiction, anxiety meds, phobia of storms, arrests, almost stalkerish behavior, cheating, deaths, and past secrets I can't get into. I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher for approving my early reader copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jules ✨

    this book is in my most anticipated list for two reasons: 1) for fans of Sadie 2) full cast recording audiobook this book is in my most anticipated list for two reasons: 1) for fans of Sadie 2) full cast recording audiobook

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer [she/her]

    This book was so fun to read! Frick kept me guessing the entire time. - My friend @wonderfully_bookish was over when I was reading the last 150 pages, and I had to keep stopping after every chapter to explain my newest theory to her. Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was a new twist. I was so determined to figure it out myself before the reveal, but I couldn’t do it! - This book is told in two timeline: ‘THEN,’ before we know the truth of what happened to Zoe, and ‘NOW,’ when we’re p This book was so fun to read! Frick kept me guessing the entire time. - My friend @wonderfully_bookish was over when I was reading the last 150 pages, and I had to keep stopping after every chapter to explain my newest theory to her. Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was a new twist. I was so determined to figure it out myself before the reveal, but I couldn’t do it! - This book is told in two timeline: ‘THEN,’ before we know the truth of what happened to Zoe, and ‘NOW,’ when we’re piecing together what really happened to Zoe after our main character Anna has confessed to murder. - The characters were all realistic as teens, with relationship drama, friend drama, family drama, and struggles with substance abuse. Everyone was fleshed out, which I really appreciate in books. As much as I love a great plot, I’m a character driven reader! - A great murder mystery, 4.5/5 stars! I KILLED ZOE SPANOS is available June 2, 2020. With beautiful blue sprayed edges! - Thank you to the author for sending me a copy to review. Merged review: This book was so fun to read! Frick kept me guessing the entire time. - My friend @wonderfully_bookish was over when I was reading the last 150 pages, and I had to keep stopping after every chapter to explain my newest theory to her. Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was a new twist. I was so determined to figure it out myself before the reveal, but I couldn’t do it! - This book is told in two timeline: ‘THEN,’ before we know the truth of what happened to Zoe, and ‘NOW,’ when we’re piecing together what really happened to Zoe after our main character Anna has confessed to murder. - The characters were all realistic as teens, with relationship drama, friend drama, family drama, and struggles with substance abuse. Everyone was fleshed out, which I really appreciate in books. As much as I love a great plot, I’m a character driven reader! - A great murder mystery, 4.5/5 stars! I KILLED ZOE SPANOS is available June 30, 2020. With beautiful blue sprayed edges! - Thank you to the author for sending an eARC to review. 💙

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Rojem

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review here and on my blog Samwise Reviews. I started this book feeling pretty unsure, and I ended up loving it. The story switches timelines between Then and Now and it took me a while to get used to that and remember what was going on. The holes in Anna’s memory were both exciting and frustrating; I was able to guess one of the surprises around the ending but not any of the others. There were a number of loose ends around the ¾ mark I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review here and on my blog Samwise Reviews. I started this book feeling pretty unsure, and I ended up loving it. The story switches timelines between Then and Now and it took me a while to get used to that and remember what was going on. The holes in Anna’s memory were both exciting and frustrating; I was able to guess one of the surprises around the ending but not any of the others. There were a number of loose ends around the ¾ mark, and I was mostly happy with how they were all wrapped up by the end. The final confession did seem a bit too easy, but it wasn’t a completely unlikely scenario. While being slightly frustrating at times, I still found the book hard to put down and I stayed up late to finish it. This also met the "Written In First Person" part of my 2020 reading challenge.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    If you're looking for a compelling beach read, look no further.  I Killed Zoe Spanos will keep you in that beach chair for hours. This is my first time reading this author, but it absolutely won't be my last.  I was glued to this book from the beginning and conjured up tons of theories about what was happening during the course of the story.  Even then, only part of one of them turned out to be correct by the end.  Martina's podcast is a clever way to introduce backstory - what happened with Zoe, If you're looking for a compelling beach read, look no further.  I Killed Zoe Spanos will keep you in that beach chair for hours. This is my first time reading this author, but it absolutely won't be my last.  I was glued to this book from the beginning and conjured up tons of theories about what was happening during the course of the story.  Even then, only part of one of them turned out to be correct by the end.  Martina's podcast is a clever way to introduce backstory - what happened with Zoe, who the suspects were, what the police did or didn't do, etc., and it gives the reader a peek into her head since her POV is shared along with Anna's.  The alternating chapters between past and present made me even more curious to learn how the characters got from point A to point B, and it's one of my favorite storytelling techniques.  With such an intricate plot, I can just imagine the story boards the author must have created. Although it works well with the story, I had to suspend my disbelief a tad with the way the investigators handled Zoe's case.  Still, I devoured this book in two days.  Pay close attention near the end - things move fast and a lot of questions are answered. With a heavy dose of red herrings and twists to keep you guessing, I Killed Zoe Spanos is a must read for mystery/thriller fans.   I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    While my favorite genre to read would probably be YA fantasy, occasionally I find it difficult to resist the urge of reading a YA thriller. I’ll read just about any book published by Courtney Summers or Karen McManus, and it seems I’ll have to add Kit Frick to that list too. The book opens with a recent high school graduate from Brooklyn, Anna Cicconi, having confessed to the accidental murder of Zoe Spanos, a college sophomore from the Hamptons. It is told through a series of flashbacks to the While my favorite genre to read would probably be YA fantasy, occasionally I find it difficult to resist the urge of reading a YA thriller. I’ll read just about any book published by Courtney Summers or Karen McManus, and it seems I’ll have to add Kit Frick to that list too. The book opens with a recent high school graduate from Brooklyn, Anna Cicconi, having confessed to the accidental murder of Zoe Spanos, a college sophomore from the Hamptons. It is told through a series of flashbacks to the summer Anna spent in the Hamptons as a nanny, Anna’s time in a juvenile detention center, and a podcast hosted by another local girl named Martina. Frick provides enough red herrings to mislead, ample foreshadowing to make you feel stupid for not guessing correctly, and a great plot twist at the end. The plot structure and suspense in this book was excellent. While well-written, some of the narrative detail read extraneous, which made the pacing a bit slower than it needed to be in the beginning sections. I’m hesitant to give this book to my younger high school readers because of its treatment of teen drinking. While drinking among teens is a clear reality, there were some troubling events that didn't seem to have a harsh enough consequence for the situation. While it doesn't in any way glorify teen alcoholism, I don't think Frick did enough to address the issue here in a way that is clear for her teen audience. That being said, it is definitely something I can see placing on a summer reading list or putting into my classroom library — kids would eat this book up!

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Clever Reader

    When Anna takes on a nanny job she finds herself in the middle of a missing person's case. Not only does she look like Zoe Spanos, she's accused of murdering her.  Anna often forgets things. Appointments, conversations, and even events she's been told she attended. When she's questioned about her relationship with Zoe she starts to believe she may have actually killed her despite not remembering everything that happened. She doesn't even remember meeting Zoe but must have if the detectives questi When Anna takes on a nanny job she finds herself in the middle of a missing person's case. Not only does she look like Zoe Spanos, she's accused of murdering her.  Anna often forgets things. Appointments, conversations, and even events she's been told she attended. When she's questioned about her relationship with Zoe she starts to believe she may have actually killed her despite not remembering everything that happened. She doesn't even remember meeting Zoe but must have if the detectives questioning her say she has.  Martina did have any idea how quickly her podcast would gain traction. As she starts to piece together what happened to Zoe she starts to wonder if Anna really is guilty or if there's more to the story.  You'll find a variety of formats between past and present as well as snippets from the podcast Martina has put together. I enjoyed these differences because it helped build the mystery aspects of the story. All the pieces coming together will lead you to a surprise you won't be expecting!  I would definitely recommend this to those who love a good YA Thriller! It's got a variety of characters, formats, and twists that'll keep you guessing from beginning to end! 

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