Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Club Friday-- Waiting to Be Heard.

GoodReads Synopsis: In the fall of 2007, twenty-year old college coed Amanda Knox left Seattle to study abroad in Perugia, Italy for one year. But that November 1, her life was shattered when her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, was murdered in their apartment. Five days later, Amanda was taken into custody and charged by the Italian police; her arrest and the subsequent investigation ignited an international media firestorm. Overnight, this ordinary young American student became the subject of intense scrutiny, forced to endure a barrage of innuendo and speculation. Two years later, after an extremely controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011 an appeals court overturned her conviction and vacated the charges. Free at last, she immediately returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

My Thoughts:  Before I read the book, I knew a little about the Amanda Knox case-- just enough to form the opinion that she did not kill Meredith Kercher.  This book had several details that I was unaware of, so I found it very interesting to read.  I do want to read a book from the other side (or an impartial book) so that I can actually hear about the evidence in the case.  Most of her memoir is (predictably and understandably) about how everything affected her and about her feelings.  There was little discussion of the evidence outside of what she was trying to discredit (her first sworn statement to the police, the knife, the bra clasp...).  If most of her account of her interrogation is true, then she was absolutely railroaded.  Although I'm sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle between her account and the police's account.  It seems that there was a LOT of miscommunication due to language and cultural differences.  I sincerely hope that those are not what put her in prison for four years.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  She's a good writer, and it was fascinating to read the story from her perspective.  I got a little depressed in the middle as she described her time in prison.  I had to keep reminding myself that she was no longer (wrongly, I do believe) in prison, so to calm down.  I highly recommend this book!


  1. I saw this book too and thought about picking it up at some point. I don't know all that much about the case and would love to learn more.

  2. This story was so scary. It just makes me wonder. Who did kill that poor girl. I wish the truth would come out for her family. I will look into reading this one too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I'm going to have to get on the waitlist at my library for this book. I was living in WA around the time it either happened or went to trial (I can't remember) and moved back shortly before her appeal. It has always fascinated me. Did you see they're retrying it?

  4. i don't know much about the case but this sounds like an interesting read!

  5. I think this book sounds really interesting. And in general am a little fascinated with the whole situation. From what I've read I don't think she was guilty, but also don't think she made the best decisions either.