Bright Young Women

S. & S./Marysue Rucci. Sept. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781501153228. $27.99. SUSPENSE
As the only witness to the January 1978 break-in at their Florida State University sorority house, chapter president Pamela Schumacher is confident in her ability to identify the man responsible for the brutal murders of two sorority sisters and the severe beating of two others. However, in the chaos of that night, she briefly mistook the intruder for her sorority sister’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Roger, before realizing that she had never seen the man before. When she unintentionally mentions this initial misidentification of the man to the police, they focus their attention on Roger, allowing the true perpetrator to strike again. Growing increasingly frustrated, Pamela feels that no one is taking her seriously until she encounters Martina Cannon, who has her own tale of loss from Washington State and a description of the killer that perfectly matches Pamela’s recollection. The two women join forces to ensure that justice is served for their loved ones.
VERDICT Based on true events surrounding the Ted Bundy murders, this fictionalized account from the author of Luckiest Girl Alive is an unsettling and thrilling page-turner. Though readers will know the history, Knoll’s haunting, must-read account will captivate them until the end.
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