Sollecito delivers a first-hand account of the murder, investigation, and trials that have been so highly sensationalized in the media. The writing is nothing special (understandable, as English isn’t his first language), but he occasionally offers some eloquence when recounting his experiences. From his days as a student with boyish innocence, falling hard for a pretty American girl, to an accused criminal isolated behind bars for four years, he becomes a changed man upon his eventual freedom. He details every bad decision made: Amanda Knox’s questionable behavior, the police mishandling the evidence and crime scene, and prosecutor Mignini’s outrageous abuse of power. He admits to his own mistakes and how he learned to navigate the frustrating logistics of the Italian judicial system.
I have been anticipating hearing this story from Sollecito’s perspective, and I thought he did a great job with his narrative. He discusses becoming a non-entity in Amanda’s shadow, his time in prison, his relationship with his family, and his sympathy for the Kercher family. He presents the outcome of his ordeal with relief and regret, knowing he will never be the same again. He acknowledges that though he and Amada will always be linked by their nightmare and will maintain respect and support for one another, they will move on with their lives separately. This is a fascinating book for anyone who’s read the headlines and followed the story and I hope Sollecito has success and finds some modicum of peace.
Further reading on the Meredith Kercher/Amanda Knox/Raffaele Sollecito murder fiasco: Murder in Italy by Candice Dempsey
More True Crime: Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford