One morning ten years ago, the town of Twin Rivers changed forever when the body of Tyler Washington was found in the woods. Son of the mayor, star of the high school basketball team – his death struck right at the heart of this tight-knit community.
For Olivia Hall, Tyler’s death heralded the start of her own personal nightmare – her twin brother, Ethan, was arrested for Tyler’s murder. Ten years later, Ethan is still in jail. Olivia is convinced he is innocent, and now, a true crime podcast has taken up his case.
As the podcast digs deeper, secrets, lies and shocking revelations are all uncovered. For the first time, Olivia dares to hope that Ethan may be set free. But if he didn’t kill Tyler, who did? And how far will they go to keep their secrets safe?
There have been a fair few books lately that have a podcast as the central premise, I tend to very much enjoy these if they are done well, as this one is,especially as I’ve recently developed an obsession with listening to them myself.
The Killer You Know focuses on Olivia, whose twin brother is in jail for murder. Years later she manages to persuade a popular and successful podcast to take a look at the case – through both past and present we explore events leading up to and after the murder.
This is a cleverly woven and immersive mystery with some intriguingly built and believable characters. A small town, hidden secrets, divisive friendships and politically motivated cover ups are all in the mix and the group dynamic of a group of friends who have lost one of their own as teenagers is really addictive. Seeing them then and now, the author manages to instill a lot of emotional layers into the tale and it is a great page turner with one of THOSE endings…
It didn’t matter to me at all that I pegged the true guilty party very early, if anything it made it a far more interesting read, I was reading to find out if they’d get away with it which I found far more intriguing- however this is quality plotting so one way or another, whether you read to find out whodunnit or you read to see where it ends up you are going to be up all night…