If you’re in the mood for a summer thriller, then you have to check out I Killed Zoe Spanos! A re-imagining of Rebecca, I Killed Zoe Spanos is a summer read that will captivate you. Today I’m joined by Kit Frick, the author, to give you the perfect podcast listening for your summer. There’s a podcast in I Killed Zoe Spanos. I’ve been intrigued by podcasts since Sadie and can’t wait for these recs!
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 finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected—and that she knows what happened to her.
Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?
Top Five Podcasts to Dive into This Summer
I love recommending podcasts almost as much as I love recommending books, and for those of you who are not already glued to your speakers 24/7 or are just looking for new recs to add to your summer listening queue, here are a few of my auto-listens on my favorite topics: true crime, cults, and book publishing.
For True Crime Junkies
Hosted by Madeleine Baran, an investigative podcast from APM Reports with two riveting full seasons available. The first covers the October 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling from his rural Minnesota community and the mishandling by law enforcement of this notorious child abduction case. The second covers the horrifying miscarriage of justice against Arthur Flowers, a Mississippi man tried six times for the same crime. There’s also a currently-airing limited series on the coronavirus in the Mississippi delta. I love In the Dark for the top-notch investigative reporting that offers a deep dive into the case being explored and also for the broader questions the podcast raises about law enforcement, race, and the criminal justice system.
(And if you want more true crime, you can find more of my favorites right here: https://frolic.media/10-lesser-buzzed-true-crime-podcasts-to-listen-to-while-social-distancing-by-kit-frick/)
For Cult Fanatics
From the CBC, the first season of their Uncover podcast explores the cult group NXIVM (pronounced “Nexium”) which bills itself as a humanitarian community, and its sub-sect DOS, a secret and coercive women’s group. The podcast takes listeners inside with exclusive interviews with former high-ranking member Sarah Edmonson, who escaped NXIVM and DOS before former leader Keith Raniere’s public exposure and high-profile trial, leading to his conviction, last year.
For Writers and Readers
With over 270 episodes in the archive, book lovers and creatives can find a wealth of book talk, inspiration, and insider access to the creative minds of their favorite authors here. Writer Sarah Enni has been talking to fellow authors weekly since 2014, and the podcast is still ongoing! There’s also a new mini-series called “Track Changes” that looks at the publication process as well as a weekly newsletter for subscribers.
For a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Book Publishing
Literary agent Jennifer Laughran speaks monthly-ish with publishing professionals ranging from authors to editors to publicists to marketers and more. Jennifer is a wealth of knowledge in her own right, and she brings on fantastic guests for conversations on a range of publishing industry topics. I look forward to every new episode, which I find equally useful now that I’m a published author as I did before I had my first book out.
This bi-weekly podcast put out by literary agents Laura Zats and Erik Hane covers whatever is topical in book publishing. You can count on the hosts’ conversations to be thoughtful, insightful, in-depth, and entertaining too. For Patreon subscribers, there is also an enormous archive of special bonus episodes that are of particular interest to pre-agented writers. Like Literaticast, I’ve found the conversations on Print Run to be just as important now as an author with several books out as I did when I was seeking to break into the industry.
About the Author
Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow from Pittsburgh, PA. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. When she isn’t putting complicated characters in impossible situations, Kit edits poetry and literary fiction for a small press and edits for private clients. She is the author of the young adult thrillers I Killed Zoe Spanos, All Eyes on Us, and See All the Stars, all from Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, as well as the poetry collection A Small Rising Up in the Lungs from New American Press. Kit is working on her next novel.
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