Title: The Murder of Graham Catton
Author: Katie Lowe/ Narrated by Amy Scanlon
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.72
Who do you believe?
Hannah Catton: bereaved wife, doting mother, clinical psychologist; says she remembers nothing of the night her husband was killed.
Mike Philips: a 19-year-old repeat offender whose clothing was found at the scene, but who has repeatedly protested his innocence over the 10 years since he was imprisoned.
Anna Byers: host of the famous CONVICTION podcast that has seen numerous prison sentences overturned. She believes the wrong man is in jail, do you?
Someone knows more about the murder than they’re telling. It may have been Hannah’s husband who was murdered, but listeners are about to become judge, jury, and executioner on the new season of CONVICTION.
I’d like to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for approving me for an ARC of this book.
I have to begin by saying that once again the narration was brilliant on the audio. I loved all the different, distinct voices that Amy Scanlon had given all the characters. She did a great job at conveying the emotion, particularly in the final scenes.
The story is told from the POV of Hannah, who’s husband was murdered. Ten years on from her husband’s murder Hannah is in a new relationship and her daughter, now a teenager, is a straight A student with great prospects. Then along comes Anna Byers with her podcast CONVICTION and throws everything out of sorts.
Anna Byers is convinced that Mike Philips, the convicted murderer is innocent of killing Hannah’s husband and decides to investigate the case fully. Whilst she is doing this she shines a light on the only other person who could be the murderer, Hannah. It was very interesting to see the publics reaction to the podcast, it showed the full power of social media and how one person’s opinion can have a huge effect.
Hannah’s story flicks from current events, where she is trying to keep her life together despite being labelled a murderer, and past events leading up to Graham’s death. Hannah’s memories of that night are very foggy and as the case is revisited her memories return in patches.
There was a lot going on in this story and whilst I enjoyed it I did feel that it could of been a little shorter. Part way through I felt myself tiring of Hannah, I actually didn’t like her a lot. Don’t get me wrong I completely understood her actions and why she behaved in certain ways. Her marriage to Graham was awful and must of been horrendous to go through but there was something about her that I couldn’t gel with.
Nevertheless the final revelations were fantastic! It felt like one reveal after the other and I was gob smacked with the final conclusion. I had convinced myself that an entirely different conclusion was going to take place so it was nice to be surprised. Full of manipulation, sinister twists and atmosphere this story will have you doubting everyone, including yourself.