By Amanda Knox
Reviewed by Miranda Boyer
I’m going to start this review a little different. I want to make my opinions clear first before I go on with my review…
I’ve been following the Amanda Knox trial since the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. For those of you who don’t know, I have a BA in Criminal Justice and I worked for Law Enforcement for a number of years (not that that makes me an expert, just opinionated). One of the cases that I studied in school was this one, near the end of my degree. There was a long while where I had every intention of going to law school. Life led to a different path and glad for it (two Masters degrees in very different areas). However, my background gives me different eyes to view criminal cases with.
I whole-heartedly feel, and have for a number of years, that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent. Take away emotions and pictures of the defendants and look at the case information by it self. If you change the names and take away the media frenzy, it should be clear to anyone who knows more about the law and forensics outside of shows like CSI and Law and Order (which only perpetuate a false view of the law enforcement system, good entertainment but it ends there) what happened. You can’t magic away evidence that was never there. Transcripts of the court proceedings are available online as are a number of FACTS about the case (don’t mix these up with the media falsehoods that ran rapid for years)
So, now that that is clear, I read the book Amanda Knox Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox this week. I was very excited to see things from her eyes. My greatest fear is loss of control; my heart ached for her through the whole book as she lost four years of her life because of a false conviction. Some have called it a witch-hunt, I’m inclined to agree.
In the book Amanda takes us through her move to Italy, the first six weeks she lived there, the night Meredith was murdered, the subsequent days, weeks, and months that followed. Amanda tells us about the first two trials in her own words, for the first time speaking out and setting the record strait.
Was the writing the best? Not particularly. BUT there was a story to be told and she did it well. I gobbled more then 450 pages in two days. Amanda uses the transcripts of court documents and journals to help paint a picture of the hell that she lived. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious or wants to understand the history better, without getting lost down an Internet rabbit hole.