How far will she go to catch the killer—and make her podcast a hit?
Talented and idealistic young reporter Petra Kovach is on the brink of being laid off from her third failing newspaper in a row. To save her job, she pitches the launch of a true crime podcast about a sensational, unsolved murder.
Years earlier, an alt-right YouTuber was killed in her Harvard dorm room, and the case went cold. Petra knew the victim—she was once her camp counselor and loved her like a little sister, despite their political differences.
Petra's investigation gets off to a rocky start, as her promising leads quickly shrivel up. In her passionate quest for justice—and clicks—Petra burns sources and breaks laws, ultimately putting her own life on the line. Even as her star rises, she worries it could all come crashing down at any moment if her actions are exposed.
When her machinations start to backfire, there's only one way to fix everything and solve the murder—even though it may cost her everything she loves.
Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Harlan Coben
Journalist Petra Kovach, the narrator of this unconvincing thriller from Witten (The Necklace), is desperate to keep her career alive after being laid off from several jobs. Petra hopes to use her current position at a Boston newspaper to seek justice for murdered Harvard student Olivia Anderson. Petra was once Olivia's camp counselor, though they'd grown apart when Olivia became a celebrity for her right-wing videos. While filming one, Olivia opened her dorm door, only to be fatally bludgeoned. A professor with whom she'd been sleeping was tried and acquitted, but Petra believes the real killer was never identified. On the verge of being fired again, she sells her boss on a podcast dedicated to the crime, based on the flimsy claim of Olivia's brother that he knows a secret about his sister's murderer. Petra scrambles to find something of substance to report, crossing line after line in the process, imperiling her career and her personal life. The twists aren't surprising, and Petra's constant ends-justify-the-means mindset becomes tiresome. Those interested in a whodunit framed around a podcast will be better served by Matt Wesolowski's Beast. Agent: Josh Getzler, HG Literary.