Do you remember the story of Amanda Marie Knox is an American woman who, in 2009, was convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. She served four years of a 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was overturned on October 3, 2011?
Well the book that I just finished up, Cartwheel: A Novel by Jennifer duBois was inspired by the Amanda Knox story.
The book is a complete work of fiction but the premise of the book is similar. The main character Lily is studying abroad and her room mate does end up dead.
Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.
Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who’s asking. As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see—and to believe—in one another and ourselves.
In Cartwheel, duBois delivers a novel of propulsive psychological suspense and rare moral nuance. No two readers will agree who Lily is and what happened to her roommate. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how well we really know ourselves will linger well beyond.”
I have to say that after I finished the book, I keep going over and over the facts trying decide how I really felt about the story. I think that has something good to say about the writing and the impact of the book…or does it? I actually think my indecision was actually because I felt that something was left out…one or two details to make me know what really happened.
Amazon gives it 3.5 stars…I agree.