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'A triumph. Dazzlingly original.' Sunday Times
'What happens to those girls who go missing? What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world?'
In the early hours of Saturday 17 December 2011, Zoe Nolan, a nineteen-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.
She was never seen again.
Seven years after her disappearance, struggling writer Evelyn Mitchell finds herself drawn into the mystery. Through interviews with Zoe's closest friends and family, she begins piecing together what really happened in 2011. But where some versions of events overlap, aligning perfectly with one another, others stand in stark contrast, giving rise to troubling inconsistencies.
Shaken by revelations of Zoe's secret life, and stalked by a figure from the shadows, Evelyn turns to crime writer Joseph Knox to help make sense of a case where everyone has something to hide.
Zoe Nolan may be missing presumed dead, but her story is only just beginning
'Riveting and relentless...A unique story, brilliantly told' Terry Hayes
'Brilliant, compelling and original' Steve Cavanagh
'Highly original and mischievous' John Boyne
Readers love TRUE CRIME STORY:
'Perfectly combines the best parts of true crime, fiction and mystery. Superb'
'My favourite read of 2021...fascinating, perplexing and bloody brilliant'
'I've been looking for something different and new in the crime genre. Here it is'
In 2011, 19-year-old University of Manchester student Zoe Nolan, the victim at the center of this stellar standalone from British author Knox (the Aiden Waits series), inexplicably goes missing during a chaotic fire alarm evacuation in her high-rise dorm. In the aftermath, her disappearance irrevocably alters and in some cases destroys the lives of her twin sister, her boyfriend, and numerous friends, some of whom are witnesses and potential suspects. In a metafictional twist, crime writer Joseph Knox takes an interest in the case after another writer, Evelyn Mitchell, starts investigating what happened to Zoe and sends him chapters of the true crime story she's working on a story that involves drug use, infidelity, and mental illness. Then there's "the so-called Shadow Man, who stalked Zoe through the city, tracking her every move." Interview excerpts and emails sometimes corroborate events and other times refute them. The impressively twisty plot drops one bombshell revelation after another. Twin Peaks fans won't want to miss this one. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House.