What I'm Reading
This book is quite topical, covering podcasts and sexual assault. It is from two perspectives: one is a 'sexy' podcaster who is investigating trials, and the other are a series of letters from the sister of someone who drowned, although the sister believes that she was murdered. She wants help from the investigating podcaster to find justice.
I was a little uncomfortable with the podcaster being compared to the chef Nigella Lawson, who made cooking 'sexy'. Murder can never be 'sexy' in any context. However, the start is very slow with a dragging build up to the investigation.
Once the story gets underway it becomes quite a good read. The story covers the problems with rape trials, rape myths and modern issues including consequences and reputations. Some of the attempts at suspense were a bit tenuous, (creaking gates, windy graveyards,for example) but despite these it is an enjoyable read with some important messages.
Published by St Martin's Press on 4 August 2020.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher as part of a book tour.