Waiting to Be Heard – Amanda Knox

I was still in high school when the whole Amanda Knox controversy was taking place. It was before I cared about politics or the world outside of my little bubble. But even still, I couldn’t avoid the name Amanda Knox.

An American college student accused of murdering her roommate and jailed for years. I didn’t know about the mounting evidence proving she was innocent, or the dirty interview tactics used by the prosecution.

In her memoir, Amanda Knox opens up her world before the night of the murder. She walks us through finding herself in an unfamiliar country studying their language. We learn about her routine and friendships with her three roommates, and eventually how she meets her Italian boyfriend, Rafael (who is also eventually accused of murdering Knox’s roommate).

One morning Knox returns home from Rafael’s house to find her roommate murdered in her room. There was blood in the bathroom, and a broken window in a second bedroom. After leaving the house and calling her mother, Knox calls the police. We don’t learn why exactly, but the police assume Knox is responsible for the murder of her roommate.

Over the following weeks, Knox is subjected to several grueling interviews with half-hearted translators and no legal representation. During one particular interview, Knox is physically struck by an officer, and coerced into naming her boss as the murderer, and to admitting she was at the scene of the crime.

Over the course of the trial Knox explains that the prosecution claims to have mounting evidence proving that she and Rafael perpetrated the crime. And then she explains how her defense team poked holes in every argument.

This memoir gives a uniquely personal look into a very complicated murder case. If you’re into true crime, or you’re just intrigued by the Amanda Knox case, I would definitely recommend this novel. It isn’t just Knox lamenting about how she was wronged, there is a lot of factual information from the trial.

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