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This gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost.

What happened to Zoe won't stay buried...

When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she find
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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the bard Honestly, it's pretty slow, so I'd say no. Not much happens until the last quarter of the book. There are a few interesting bits, but not a whole lot.…moreHonestly, it's pretty slow, so I'd say no. Not much happens until the last quarter of the book. There are a few interesting bits, but not a whole lot.(less)
Morgan There's definitely some profanity and some drug/alcohol use mentioned in the book. I would probably rate it as PG-13. There isn't too much violence (c…moreThere's definitely some profanity and some drug/alcohol use mentioned in the book. I would probably rate it as PG-13. There isn't too much violence (compared to other crime-focused books), and there isn't anything sexually explicit. (less)

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Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read, favorites
There's nothing more exciting than discovering a new book to add to your Favorites shelf!

That's exactly what I found here. I Killed Zoe Spanos has everything I am looking for in a YA Mystery/Thriller.

A couple of months ago, I read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, and promptly proclaimed it my new favorite YA Mystery/Thriller.

I also initially said it would be hard to beat. The next thing I know, Kit Frick comes along with this stunner and shatters all of my predictions.

I loved thi
daph pink ♡
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Here is the thing about me I really really enjoy reading y/a mystery thrillers because?
No I am not gonna tell you , it's totally personal and you have no right to judge me which people do after I tell them that!!!!

So speaking of this book I think this is my highest rated y/a mystery thriller till now! I really enjoyed this book and one of the reason is I totally underestimated this book, I literally had no expectations from this book at all , I DNF it earlier because I found something more in
Chelsea Humphrey
New US Pub Date: June 30, 2020

"It was an accident, but... I killed Zoe Spanos."

Talk about a twisty YA thriller! Kit Frick has quickly become one of my favorite writers of teen mysteries, and for good reason; she's learned the subtle are of distraction. Most mediocre thriller writers can drop a generic red herring and then lead the reader to the big reveal, but it takes an incredibly dedicated and talented author to create multiple, believable scenarios that keep the reader floundering between th
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is interestingly gripping, surprising reading even though a little confusing, head spinning, exhausting experience you have when you time travel between now and then to find out what the hell happened to Zoe Spanos.

The story starts with interrogation part which Anna Cicconi confesses that she accidentally killed Zoe Spanos. And then we move back to learn her moving to a small Hamptons Village of Herron Mills for her clean slate, living her home to start her summer nanny gig. The people she
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Podcasts. Missing girl. Sketchy neighbours. Creepy houses. Summer flings. A new nanny is seen in town. One of the characters keeps on insisting that she killed Zoe Spanos. Why? Is she just our generic unreliable narrator or is there some hints of truth within her statement?

I Killed Zoe Spanos is a gripping ya thriller from beginning to end. Full of twists and heartbreaks, this is the best ya thriller so far. Maybe thrillers from this genre aren’t so bad after all. I love how this story started
krista ☽✧
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
“But there are some secrets—my secrets—that Windermere will hold forever, trapped beneath the ash like spilled blood.”

Buddy read with my fellow detectives Mashie and Lucid Lucy

3.5 starss

I killed zoe spanos by Kit Frick is a Young adult Murder mystery book that focusses on a girl named Anna. The book begings with Anna confesing too murdering Zoe Spanos, a teenage girl that was missing for a while and who's body was found by the police. We have two timelines in this book. We have chapters t
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anna is new to Herron Mills in the Hamptons, working as a summer nanny. Her fun-filled summer is eclipsed by the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, who has been missing for a few months. Anna and Zoe look alike, and that only adds fuel to the fire about town.

When Zoe’s body is found two months later, Anna is charged with the crime. She confesses, but it’s a bit of a mess and doesn’t seem to fit the crime. Martina Green, another teen, is the host of the Missing Zoe podcast, and she works nonstop to pro
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
A mystery mixed with a podcast? Yes, please!

What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…

Anna decides that taking a summer nanny position in the Hampton's is just the fresh start that she needs before starting college. Over the last year her and her best friend have taken to the party scene. Drinking out of control, taking drugs for recreation, and hooking up with boys she can barely remember. Anna is now growing tired of the hang overs and black outs and yearns to get away.

Once she arrives in t
~ 4 stars ~

trigger warnings: substance abuse, death, grief.

I think that this book was great! It was very confusing at times, the beginning was rough, and there were a lot of characters whose relevance was not needed, but nonetheless I never expected that plot twist!

This is split up into 3 different parts, one being a true crime podcast that I thought was very interesting.

The second section follows Anna, our main character, who looks eerily like Zoe Spanos, the murdered. Before she became a sus
Larry H
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

"It was an accident, but...I killed Zoe Spanos."

Twisty, compelling, and even a little creepy, Kit Frick's I Killed Zoe Spanos is a YA thriller worth reading. It'll hook you almost immediately, with well-drawn characters, lots of crazy twists and turns, and a mystery that keeps you guessing. Can you ask for much more than that?

Anna is looking forward to spending the summer in the Hamptons town of Herron Mills, where she'll be working as a nanny for a wealthy family. She's glad to be
"It was an accident, but... I killed Zoe Spanos."

I Killed Zoe Spanos is a twisting, psychological, young adult thriller. It incorporates a true crime podcast, police investigations and unreliable narrators in a unique and engaging way. We follow Anna, who recently got hired as a nanny for an affluent family in the Hamptons. When she arrives, she discovers that she has an uncanny likeness to Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has recently disappeared. Anna took on the job to start a clean slate after a
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
2020 seems to be the new era of YA Murder Mysteries
For a full, detailed review, check out my blog Mashlovesbooks

~3.5 stars~

Buddy-read with with my fellow Bookish PI’s Krizzie and Lucy!

“Last Friday, the Herron Mills Village PD declared Zoe a runaway, and that’s why I’m here, talking to you. Because if you know Zoe, you know she didn’t run away. Zoe Spanos is missing. And we’re missing Zoe”

This was a very interesting read and I enjoyed it quite a bit. This book is split between two timelines, half of it is written from the “then” and half is w
Kit Frick
Sep 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE 7/1/20: ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ is out in the world, and I could not be more thrilled that it's the B&N YA Book Club pick for July!

UPDATE 4/3/20: Due to [gestures broadly] ⛱️I KILLED ZOE SPANOS⛱️ will be coming out a bit later than planned. New pub date June 30, 2020! This also means the Pre-Order Promo has been extended through 6/29/20, so there's more time to pre-order and make a difference.

UPDATE 3/23/20: Two exciting things! 1) There's a Goodreads giveaw
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick is a young adult thriller that is inspired by Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This one is done in four parts with the chapters going between a then and now timeline with occasionaly there also being a transript of the podcast.

Then Anna Cicconi had been hired for a summer nanny position in the small village of Herron Mills in the Hamptons. Soon after arriving people begin to comment on how much Anna resembles Zoe Spanos who had gone missing the past New Years Eve. A
MissBecka Gee
An unreliable narrator and a mystery that just keeps getting weirder?
Yes please!
This was hella fun to read and totally messed up.
Even if you figure out some of the pieces, there will still be a puzzle.
Thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC.
Diana | Book of Secrets
Very good! This novel is a young adult psychological suspense with a Rebecca-like atmosphere and a modern twist — a teen-hosted true crime podcast. Recommended if you enjoy Gothic mystery/suspense. Read for the B&N YA Book Club.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2020
Wow! I haven't been this engrossed by a YA thriller since Eileen Cook's You Owe Me A Murder--and I Killed Zoe Spanos is another rare YA thriller that gives adult titles a run for their money.

Loosely based on Rebecca (you definitely don't have to have read it to enjoy this novel, says the person who vaguely remembers it from hs) I Killed Zoe Spears is about Anna, a girl from NYC who comes to the Hamptons to be a nanny and escape her current life. As soon as she arrives, the mystery of what happen
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Note to self: never let a child pick their own babysitter. never.

Jokes aside, this was overall okay. I did expect to like it more to be honest, but both the execution and the characters were a bit too flat for me. I can't remember a character who didn't act like a total moron, and I couldn't find a proper excuse for their behavior.
I also think the first half of the book is unnecessarily long and so are many descriptions. Mystery factor is almost non-existent and totally anticlimactic, and defin
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
that was anticlimactic 😐
Irmak ☾
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
“Maybe it was only grief, after all, bubbling to the surface in all its ugly trappings—grief like a gaping wound for a daughter who is gone and likely not coming home again.”

I was expecting so much more. This was a tiny bit disappointing.

The writing was not that great. It was simple and it would've been just fine but it tried too hard to be poetic.

The characters were mostly okay, I didn't particularly care about them. I did like how the story wrapped up except for Zoe's death and its reveal.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally! A read that is more than 3 stars!

July had been a hellish in the book world for me. If you notice, I kind of got into a bad books streak this month. The highest I could manage was a three star. It’s not the books’ fault, of course. I literally have several books lying around in my shelf but I have yet to find the motivation to read said books and read other books instead.

So I present to you: the YA The Girl on the Train, the first book with more than a 3 star rating of July 2020 for now;
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yesssss!!!! You're going to need this YA book on your summer reading list! 👏

Soooo so very twisty! This book was so damn good!! I read it in three sittings - and that's only because life got in the way. I could have easily binged this entire book! The plot is so freaking brilliant, the podcast element was crazy good - the characters were interesting and I found myself guessing throughout entire book.

I highly recommend I Killed Zoe Spanos!!
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and Simon and Shuster for providing an ARC of I killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick for an honest review.

One of the best YA Thrillers I have read in a long time! From the beginning of this story it kept me guessing on what was really going on all the way till the end.

Anna believes she killed Zoe Spanos she doesnt remember quite how it happened but she knows she did it.
Laura Peden
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, audible
A murder mystery, podcast style! I’m such a sucker for books like this. The book alternates between a first person POV, our main protagonist Anna, who scored a summer nanny gig in the Hamptons, and a third person POV with Martina, our podcast host. I really enjoyed how the story comes together. If you enjoyed Sadie by Courtney Summers and/or Serial, check this one out!
Star Rating: —> 3.5 Stars


I truly had NO clue until the very end, what the outcome of this mystery would be! Full of twists & turns... I enjoyed falling down this rabbit hole of a novel quite a lot.

Unfortunately , it just didn’t have that something for me; it didn’t really live up to my high expectations (which is more my fault than the book’s, honestly), I suppose, but still a good, fun, & thrilling read!
Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster and the author herself for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever. Quotation used is subject to change upon publication.

TW: Death, juvenile detention, (view spoiler)

"But there are some secrets—my secrets—that Windermere wil
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
Come see this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

3/5 stars

I've been stuck in a three-star funk lately, and I think it's all my fault. It was definitely my fault with this one, more of an it's not you, it's me kind of situation. The concept was fun, and it incorporated some of my favorite thriller tropes (even though I'm a newbie to the genre): beachy mystery, misleading narrator, and podcasts. It had everything I love, we just didn't click for some reason.

The book opened really strong,
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy of I KILLED ZOE SPANOS by Kit Frick in exchange for my honest review.***

The summer before starting college Anna gets a nanny job in The Hamptons. She soon discovers she bears an uncanny resemblance to missing girl Zoe Spanos, catching people off guard. Next door is Windmere, the home of Zoe’s fiancé Caden, whom Anna befriends while quietly seeking information about Zoe.

Near the beginning of I KILLED ZOE SPANOS, An
What an absolute ride, i couldn’t put things together, there was only one thing I was pretty adamant about (and also guessed correctly) the rest I was just going along for the ride.

Thoroughly enjoyed this!
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Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell fellow from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syr

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