It’s time to hear the truth…
Ten years ago, Hannah Catton’s husband was brutally murdered in their home.
The murderer was convicted. The case was closed.
But now a podcast called Conviction is investigating this horrific crime – and they have Hannah in their sights.
Someone knows more than they’re letting on, and listeners are about to become judge, jury and executioner as they undercover the truth about the murder of Graham Catton.
Dark, topical and deeply thought-provoking, The Murder of Graham Catton is both an explosive read and a startling look at the way that domestic crimes are often never as straightforward as at first they may appear…
If you are a regular reader of the blog you will know that I am a huge fan of a True crime podscast and once I read that Katie Lowe was working on a PhD in Modern Rage in Literary Modernism – I was totally compelled to read this book. Let me tell you that it was every bit as gripping and thought provoking as I’d imagined and absolutely lived up to my level of anticipation. Katie Lowe has a way of pulling you into the story and making you live these experiences alongside these characters and I absolutely wish that I could listen to Conviction for real after enjoying this fantastic read.
I love the way that this book gave us the writen experience of a podcast so that we get a richer and more multifacteted experience of the story as we hear the twists and turns unfold. I’m a real true-crime addict and this definitely comes up to the standard of some of the very best that Ive ever listened to. The podcast becomes a fascinating and enigmatic character in its own right, that you really feel comes alive as you uncover more and more details about the crime and why there might be more to the way that it unfolded than might have first appeared. I’m firmly committed to my ‘No Spoilers’ rule, I can’t wait to have a good chat with someone else who’s read #GrahamCatton so that we can talk over it together and talk about what a fantastic creation it is, comparing notes on the perspectives of Hannah that we are exposed to and sounding out our own perceptions from the way that these perceptions contrast across the course of the narrrativ
Hannah is a fantastic character – it is to Katie Lowe’s credit that important issuees such as mental health and domestic violence feel like an intrinsic part of the story, rather than topical matters that are crowbarred in to make it more ‘gritty’ or ‘real’ I absolutely love the way that she manages to structure the novel so that you are kept guessing and the way that sometimes your percetions of characters are overturned once you get deeper into this intelligently written tale. I am a huge fan of podcasts in general and particularly true crime and murder podcasts. #GrahamCatton brings one of thesethese ‘crimes’ to life in such a way that you almost believe that it’s really happened – and it’s done in such a way as to make you feel that you could open up your web browser and start researching the case for yourself – I absolutely loved it
I also liked the way that like the very best True Crime podcasts – Katie Lowe allows space for us to respond to the crime with our minds as well as our emotions. There is enough room for us to ask ourselves questions about who we believe and why that makes this book such a rewarding and thought provoking read. I found myself thinking about the relationships in this novel long after closing the pages and I enjoyed the way that the characters and loyalties in this novel felt very real and three-dimensional throughout.
This book has a little bit of everything – murder, a topical feel , ‘true crime’ vibes and a fresh and creative voice. As you can probably tell, I loved this book and am urging my fellow crime lovers to start reading as soon as they can. This is definitely is a book that you’ll want to pass on to other people so that they’ll have had the same experience you did, reading it for the first time. There’s only one thing to do now – you’ll definitely have to buy yourself a copy so that you can find out how brilliant it is for yourself
I’d like to thank the lovely Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, it is such a privilege to spread the book love for a book you’ve really loved – I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have and make sure you spend some time checking out what these other great bloggers have loved about it too!
PRAISE FOR KATIE LOWE:
‘Atmospheric’ THE TIMES
‘A guaranteed good read’ STYLIST
‘Compelling’ LOUISE O’NEILL
‘Brilliant’ DEBBIE HOWELLS
Writer On The Shelf
Katie is a graduate of the University of Birmingham with a BA(Hons) in English and an MPhil in Literature and Modernity, and in 2012 started her blog, Fat Girl PhD – writing about body image, feminism and health.
Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, and the BBC, as well as a number of media outlets in the US, Canada and Australia.
Katie is currently working on a PhD in Female Rage in Literary Modernism and the #MeToo Era. THE FURIES is her first novel.