- Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's)
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 151mm x 201mm x 27mm | 324g
- Publication date: 4 July 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1780620314
- ISBN 13: 9781780620312
- Sales rank: 14,575
Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder. Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can - in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.
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Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and is now a full time writer. Visit Annabel's website at www.annabelpitcher.com
By Ryann Dannelly 25 Oct 2014
I really enjoyed this book! Zoe is such a fascinating character. Right off the bat, she tells you that she’s a murderer, so naturally you shouldn’t like her. But she writes the letters in such a brutally honest way that I couldn’t help but loving her.
Zoe doesn’t explain the details of the murder until the end, which was perfect, since the story really isn’t about that night. It’s about the relationships built and shattered during the months leading up to it.
This is a great YA contemporary where the family dynamics are just as important as the teenage relationships. I completely loved and connected with Zoe’s family. They were just so real and engaging.
The narrative structure was interesting too.
The entire story is written in a compilation of letters. She uses Stuart as a soundboard to come to terms with everything that’s happening now and everything she can’t change.
This story might not be the happiest, but it’s so wonderfully done. It takes the YA Contemporary genre and spins it in a thought provoking gut-wrenching sort of way.
Back cover copy
Zoe Collins has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she dares confess to no one that she knows. But one day she hears of a criminal on death row who knows all about secrets. And lies. And betrayal. Desperate to confide in someone, Zoe picks up a pen and takes a deep breath. These are the letters that she wrote.