Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Evidence by K.L. Slater, published by Bookouture.
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.
The Evidence is another outstanding read by the incredibly talented K.L. Slater, whose books I can never get enough of!. A gripping and compelling page turner from start to finish.
This is an interesting and intriguing tale that reminds us that it is much easier to consider justification for someones evil actions when we can sympathise with their motivation. Has Esme created a nightmare for herself and disaster for her family by falling into the trap of becoming so consumed by somebody else’s story, that she is missing what’s going on right in front of her face?
I really enjoyed the use of a true crime podcast in a story which of late have become a very popular feature in some of the books I have read. I feel that they give a story an extra edge and add more to the overall storytelling and in this case, it works very well.
The Evidence is an intense read that had my knuckles turning white as was I gripping my Kindle so hard. There were so many questions I needed answers to and I was not stopping until I was given them all. Although I did guess where it was heading, this in no way spoiled my enjoyment of the book and there was still plenty of surprises I did not see coming that were jaw-dropping! All up, another brilliant read from the queen of the psychological thriller!
Thank you to K.L. Slater, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy The Guilty Wife, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Evidence Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Evidence. Thanks to Bookouture for my spot on the books on tour.
Let’s Get to Know K.L. Slater
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
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.