The Hot One by Carolyn Murnick

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Read The Hot One Online Free - A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend.

As girls growing up in rural New Jersey in the late 1980s, Ashley and Carolyn had everything in common: two outsiders who loved spending afternoons exploring the woods. Only when the girls attended different high schools did they begin to grow apart. While Carolyn struggled to fit in, Ashley quickly became a hot girl: popular, extroverted, and sexually precocious.

After high school, Carolyn entered college in New York City and Ashley ended up in Los Angeles, where she quit school to work as a stripper and an escort, dating actors and older men, and experimenting with drugs. The last time Ashley visited New York, Carolyn was shocked by how the two friends had grown apart. One year later, Ashley was stabbed to death at age twenty-two in her Hollywood home.

The man who may have murdered Ashley—an alleged serial killer—now faces trial in Los Angeles. Carolyn Murnick traveled across the country to cover the case and learn more about her magnetic and tragic friend. Part coming-of-age story, part true-crime mystery, The Hot One is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama of a trial and the poignancy of searching for the truth about a friend’s truly horrifying murder.

Title : The Hot One
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ISBN : 1451625812
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Krystalyn rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 12, 2017

I felt like the author spent majority of the book bragging about being a childhood friend of the victim and justifying her value in their friendship. While reading this book, I also felt that the author was trying to be apart of something bigger that didn't involve her until she obsessively pushe...

Castille rated it ★★★☆☆

March 28, 2017

I wanted to love this book-- gritty memoirs are my absolute favorite. Don't get me wrong, I did like it (3 stars = liked it), but it was not quite "there" for me. It seems like Murnick might have been better off waiting a bit longer to publish this, so that the trial had concluded. A major point...

HollyHobby123 rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 01, 2017

I bought this book not knowing what to expect, therefore my mind was open to the author's viewpoint . I have now finished the book and I found it truly appalling to see how the author's parasitic approach to the death of this seemingly tragic girl found it's anchor in the early childhood friendsh...

Elizabeth rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 26, 2017

An insufferable narrator combined with unignorable editorial mistakes. Not even a good hate-read.

Bexa rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 23, 2017

To be truthful, I skimmed most of the second half of the book because I was just done listening to the author whine about herself. This book was built on the premise that her best friend from childhood gets murdered and she is just so overcome with sadness and guilt that she has to go out and fig...

Milli rated it ★★★☆☆

September 18, 2017

When reading a memoir, I feel like I have to connect with characters and author without having to try. It should be an instant connection just by reading a perfectly written story. Not only did I not feel that way, but I was so disoriented and confused throughout this entire read. I loved the sto...

Jennifer (Jen's Page Turners) rated it ★★★☆☆

May 15, 2017

Sooo if you know me, you know I'm obsessed with true crime. This book totally sounded up my alley. However, it fell a little short for me. The story was intriguing enough, especially having the background of the victim's (Ashley) life as a young adult. But it felt like there was some fluff in the...

Melissa rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 29, 2017

Sorry but I don't need to hear about every single thought that crossed your mind for 15 or more years. Call me cruel but this was the most boring book I've read in a long time, and totally self-indulgent on the part of the author.

Allison rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 13, 2017

Meh. This will sound harsh, but I'm not sure the murder of this woman's childhood friend is that interesting to other people.

Katie rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017

This is definitely NOT just a true crime tale, more of a memoir about female friendship and grief. If you're looking for a gripping whodunit, this isn't exactly it. But, if you want to give it a chance, it's worth it. I found the perspectives on long (stemming from childhood) female friendship in...

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