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Tell Me Everything
Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation | Erika Krouse
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Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me Everything is the mesmerizing story of a landmark sexual assault investigation and the female private investigator who helped crack it open. Erika Krouse has one of those faces. I dont know why Im telling you this, people say, spilling confessions. In fall 2002, Erika accepts a new contract job investigating lawsuits as a private investigator. The role seems perfect for her, but she quickly realizes she has no idea what shes doing. Then a lawyer named Grayson assigns her to investigate a sexual assault, a college student who was attacked by football players and recruits at a party a year earlier. Erika knows she should turn the assignment down. Her own history with sexual violence makes it all too personal. But she takes the job anyway, inspired by Graysons conviction that he could help change things forever. And maybe she could, too. Over the next five years, Erika learns everything she can about P. I. technique, tracking down witnesses and investigating a culture of sexual assault and harassment ingrained in the universitys football program. But as the investigation grows into a national scandal and a historic civil rights case, Erika finds herself increasingly consumed. When the case and her life both implode at the same time, Erika must figure out how to help win the case without losing herself.
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kbuggle
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Lots of trigger warnings, but otherwise interesting investigative take on on-campus sexual assaults and the layers of protection schools go through to cushion their athletes. #botm

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Chelsea.Poole
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Loved this true crime-nonfiction-memoir hybrid. This is certainly a style of book that‘s emerged in recent years and I‘m here for them. Tagging others in comments ⬇️
This author is an accidental PI investigating football rape culture at the University of Colorado (I believe, though she doesn‘t name the school). Along with this, Krouse describes a new relationship, her traumatic sexual abuse as a child, and horrific relationship with her mother.

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EvieBee Okay, wow! We‘re on the same wavelength. I have read I‘ll Be Gone, The Fact of, and You All Grow Up and really liked them. I will be sure to check out these others. Funnily they‘re already on my library “For Later” list lol! (edited) 2w
Chelsea.Poole @EvieBee are there others you‘d add to the list? Hope you enjoy the others! Octopus was especially good! 2w
EvieBee Okay, I think I‘ll check that out today. Yay! These ones seemed to have that memoir/true crime intersection. 2w
jlhammar Yes, this was so good (and infuriating)! Great review. I've loved several that you've tagged (Fact of a Body, I'll Be Gone, Dancing with the Octopus). I have Notes on a Silencing and We Keep the Dead Close on my shelves waiting to be read. I think you could add this one to the list. Very good. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Yessss! @EvieBee I‘ve started this one but only at the beginning of the ebook and put it aside so I didn‘t know if it would fit in nicely or not but definitely looking forward to it! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @EvieBee And yes — I read this one too. Forgot about it to add to the list 2w
Chelsea.Poole @jlhammar oh my yes! A great read and perfect for this list! I loved 2w
Chelsea.Poole @jlhammar @EvieBee this is a little different but it has really stuck with me after reading it years ago 2w
EvieBee @Chelsea.Poole @jlhammar I love this so much! I haven‘t read any of these but they been on my list for so long. Is it weird that summer seems like the perfect time to settle in with something like this?! 💕💕 If ANYMORE come to mind, let‘s connect here. So excited! 2w
EvieBee @Chelsea.Poole Trailed is one I keep thinking about. I thought it was good when I read it, but since then I think it‘s amazing! Considering how long ago it was. I felt transported just like in this one. 2w
jlhammar True Crime Addict sounds good. Definitely adding that to my list! I've been wanting to read The Less People Know About Us ever since I listened to the Criminal episode where Phoebe talks to the author. I should really get on that. Oh, and this one I only recently acquired (was nominated for an Edgar award this year), but sounds like it is in a similar vein. 2w
jlhammar @EvieBee @Chelsea.Poole Have either of you read this one yet? I read it a few years back and thought it was really good. 2w
Chelsea.Poole @jlhammar yes! I did read Red Parts another good fit! But I need to get to Two Truths and a Lie. I know the title but not much else about it. 2w
Chelsea.Poole @EvieBee no, I definitely think summer is a great time to catch up on any reading! And yes! Let‘s tag each other in future reads @jlhammar 2w
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• ModernMrsDarcy.com 2022 Summer Reading Guide #MMDSummerReading #MMDBookClub

Fantastic crime investigation about an investigation by an “average” woman who helped expose a major college football team sex scandal. Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me Everything is mesmerizing story.

EvieBee Oh wow, didn‘t know she included it in her guide. It‘s such a great book! 3w
suvata @EvieBee it really was a page-turner 3w
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Patchshank
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I really liked it. Krouse works for a lawyer as a PI investigating a university scandal. She takes on rape culture while dealing with her own trauma. It's a heart breaking book.

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Julsmarshall
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This fascinating book is nonfiction meets memoir and was amazing! There are so many components to this story, finding your path, Private Eyes, survival and advocating for others, and really terrible men. Difficult to read in places; CW for sexual abuse, child abuse, rape, and institutionalized rape culture. Krouse wove this book together in a way that made it accessible, illuminating, powerful, and affirming. Outstanding.

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Breanne1
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Something about this memoir just didn‘t work for me. I was really intrigued about the elements discussing the Title XI case but was less interested in the author‘s family history. I respect that she had to tell that story as well though. #botm

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I don‘t remember the last book that made me cry like this one! Now that I‘m a mother to my little girl, and since I work with mostly female college students, I think this subject material hits me harder. This was completely engrossing, visceral, and beautifully written. I felt infuriated, protective, helpless, reflective… but ultimately moved by the power of human resilience and connection. #BOTM

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EvieBee
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This was excellent! Although this is about a private investigator revisiting her past via a case, it reminded me a lot of THE FACT OF A BODY. I loved this one more because it was so literary but still down-to-earth. I learned so much; it was also expertly edited. #truecrime

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Christine Ooh! You're making me even more eager to get to this one. 2mo
EvieBee @Christine It was so good! I did both audio and ebook. I hope you like it. ☺️ 2mo
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I liked this mix of memoir and true crime. A lot of the story was awful, between the investigation into a college student's rape by a group of football players and the author's own childhood sexual abuse and other family problems. Her relationship with her eventual husband and her feelings surrounding that was fascinating. It's a really fast read, frustrating at times, but I'm glad I picked it last month for #botm.

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Annie1215
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I loved this! I devoured this one long sitting.

This is the perfect non-fiction read for true crime fans. A detailed account of working a case from the inside.

jlhammar Yes! Such a good read. 3mo
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catiewithac
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Erika Krouse crafted a compelling memoir that is part professional and part personal. She weaves her work as a PI with a landmark Title IX civil case with her own history of sexual violence. The result is a gripping read. #botm Triggering for sexual abuse. ⚠️

jdiehr I think there was a blurb about this one in People Magazine. I added it to my stack right away. 3mo
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nitalibrarian
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Last day of March and I started this book on my afternoon break. #botm

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jlhammar
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I didn‘t want to put this book down! I hope #BOTM gives us more offerings like this in the future.

Krouse worked as a private investigator for a law firm on a groundbreaking Title IX case. Part true crime, part memoir, this was a shocking, infuriating, completely arresting read.

ICantImReading I‘m reading this now - it‘s so good!! 3mo
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jlhammar
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“I became a private investigator because of my face.”

#FirstLineFridays
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Cinfhen
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#NetGalley #AudioARC Available March 15!! This is a blending of memoir & true crime. Erika Krouse worked as a private investigator without any prior experience, to help bring a major US University accountable for allowing a rape culture to exist within their athletic department. It was infuriating & disheartening to read the blatant disregard for the woman‘s safety. Interspersed within the story is Erika‘s personal story of being a rape survivor.

marleed This sounds interesting. It reminds me you might like the tagged if you haven‘t already experienced it. 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍 4mo
Cinfhen Yes, it was similar to Missoula @marleed but Erika‘s personal story of being a survivor of sexual abuse made it a bit more personal. It‘s well written and presented @Cathythoughts 😘 3mo
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Cinfhen
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#AudioARC #NetGalley 🎊I was eyeing this book on #BOTM so I‘m SUPER excited to receive an audio ARC 🎧♥️

BarbaraBB When are you flying? 4mo
Cinfhen Tonight 🙏🏼 @BarbaraBB (edited) 4mo
marleed I love flipping from print to audio to print in a book! 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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#botm #bookmail on a Monday always feels good!

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swishandflick
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Apparently I should have added this one to my #BOTM box 😆

Cinfhen I thought of getting this one!!! I haven‘t ordered my box yet…..😂 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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My #BOTM picks! Got an add on for my birthday month!

BrittanyReads Happy birthday month! 🎈 I'm currently reading The Paris Apartment and can't put it down! 4mo
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Hollie
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#botm books are up!

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Julsmarshall
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Some amazing picks from #BOTM this month! So hard to choose! I ended up with these 3 but I‘m adding all of them to my #TBR !

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Kangaj1
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The top row was all 5 star reads, and the second row 4 stars. So many great ones this month!

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s a lot of reading! Beartown was 💗💗💗💗💗. I liked the sequel just as much! 5mo
Kangaj1 Beartown is one of my all-time favorites. It was a reread! ❤️ 5mo
EvieBee I‘m glad you liked this one, too! I found it so well written! 2mo
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