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.
Journalist Esme Fox finally lands the story of a lifetime when Simone Fischer grants Esme an interview with her. Simone has been in prison for the past 10 years after the brutal killing of her husband while their young son was in the next room playing video games. To say that Simone is the most hated woman would be an understatement because someone does not want this story to come out and will stoop to any means necessary to ensure this story stays hidden forever. But, what does that mean for Esme and her family? Will Esme find herself in danger as she continues on in her interview with Simone?
I always love reading a K.L. Slater story because I know I will be pulled right into Slater’s incredible writing and talent for the many twists and turns incorporated in her stories. While this story did start a little slow for me, I find that it may have been necessary in setting the scene especially since there are quite a number of characters and things going on and I was very interested in finding out how everything would all tie together.
Everything seems to be falling apart for Esme. her sister winds up missing, her soon to be ex-husband is still in the picture still trying to come back home, and her son was the victim of a hit and run that shattered his leg. It is a wonder how Esme even gets up every morning with everything going on around her. One thing I would also love to point out is the similarities between Esme and Simone. The references are very subtle, but it really makes you think about relationships, being manipulated, not finding your voice at times and feeling like you are being walked all over. These are two different women and yet they share so much.
If you enjoy a wonderfully written and crafted story full of twists and turns then you do not want to pass up on The Evidence by K.L Slater.
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.