Kit Frick’s I KILLED ZOE SPANOS #BookReview

Ciao, amici! I actually managed to read a book for pleasure for a change. Today, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the YA thriller, I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fascinating Plot that Slightly Fizzled at the End

I don’t read a lot of YA, but I do read a lot of thrillers. I’ve seen a lot of hype about this book and decided to check it out.

I was pleasantly surprised by the content. There are enough plot twists that it took me a while to figure everything out, and the story moves along at a nice pace. The character development extends far past “awkward teenage girl every boy desires” and “scorching hot teenage boy who only has eyes for her.” Everyone seems to have a secret, and their reveals are quite satisfying. That is, until the big reveal at the end. So much buildup went into the story that the climax required a bang, not a whimper. And while it might not be fair to call the ending a whimper, it was definitely not a bang.

I received this book from NetGalley, so I may not have had the final, polished version. Because of that, it’s unfair of me to judge the book on mechanical errors. There were several, but I did not let that factor into my rating. Instead, I’m only considering content. This author has a fertile imagination and a good sense of story development and pacing. The book is engaging, and despite the fizzling ending, I can comfortably give it a solid four stars.

28 thoughts on “Kit Frick’s I KILLED ZOE SPANOS #BookReview

  1. Sounds like the ending just wasn’t satisfying, and after sticking with a book, you expect at least that. It sounds like the writer had a fresh voice, though, and that’s always fun to find. Hope your next book knocks your socks off!

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  2. I’m not much of a YA reader, but I have heard a lot about this one. I read a few books during shelter-in-place (that I haven’t reviewed yet) that had such promise but went out with a whimper instead of a bang. Still good books, but I always what that WOWZA ending.

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    • Yeah. This ending wasn’t Stephen King levels of bad, but it is disappointing when you invest all that time and emotion into a story just to have it peter out. It’s one thing if the characters don’t have the resolution you were rooting for, but it’s another for all the momentum to evaporate.


    • I’ve seen people comment favorably on the cover. I’m probably not the ideal audience (obviously, as I’m not a young adult) but it just didn’t speak to me. I read it anyway, though. The premise intrigued me.

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    • I think I’d be inclined to call this New Adult rather than Young Adult. It definitely didn’t conform to the stereotypical teen drama issues of love triangles and mean-girl jealousies. It’s worth a read if you like the mystery/thriller genre.

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  3. When my children were young, they read YA, therefore, I read YA. Although not my favorite, there are some good YA books out there. Most are the usual and lack the bang you mention.

    I can overlook errors, I notice them even in the best edited books. It’s going to happen. Good review.

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    • I didn’t really read YA when I was a teen. I think I went straight from books written for grade school children to books written for adults. It’s probably why I never developed much of an affinity for them. I did read them when my kids were in that reading age, just to make sure they were appropriate, but they moved onto adult books pretty fast, too.

      If you recommend a “good” book to me, I’ll try it, regardless of genre. Good storytelling transcends genre. And this one is a good story, all things considered.

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  4. Mechanical issues are not uncommon in an ARC but it’s a shame about the ending. I read thrillers like that every once in a while and it is a bit disappointing. The whole genre of YA mystery intrigues me. I didn’t realize it was even a thing until recently.

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    • I know those issues are common, which is why I didn’t knock off points for them. But there was an acknowledgement to the editor at the end, which confused me. How can she thank the editor before she sees the edits? Maybe it was already edited and this is the best it’s going to be. Or maybe she wrote it in advance of the work (which I, as an author, wouldn’t do, as I wouldn’t want people to think I was satisfied with something that wasn’t done well). Regardless, I thought it deserved mentioning but I didn’t let it detract from the reading experience or my score of it.

      The YA I’ve read is most often paranormal and overly emotional. This wasn’t that. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of melodrama. I’d read this genre again. And this author again. Though (and this is strictly personal bias) I’d hope for a third-person, past-tense story.

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    • Your review was one of the ones that inspired me to read this one, Teri. I liked it. Wasn’t over the moon, but I enjoyed it. It did keep me guessing, and that’s one of the most important things to me.

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    • I avoid some YA because of the melodrama. This one isn’t really melodramatic, which makes it much more engaging to me. And I did love the twists and turns. The ending, upon reflection, probably isn’t as bad as I said in the review. It’s kind of realistic; in real life, many crimes are solved quietly. I just wanted a smidge more. But I do think you’d enjoy it.

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