“Trauma breaks your brain—makes it atrophy forever. The damage is not metaphorical but physical.”Erika Krouse, Tell Me Everything
Title: Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation
Author: Erika Krouse
Genres: Non-fiction, True Crime, Memoir
Pages: 288 (Hardcover)
Published: March 15th, 2022
My Rating: ★★★ ¾
Read: 4/22/2022 – 4/29/2022
This book has two narratives. First is the college football case. The second is the author’s personal story of her abuse. I found myself more interested in the latter as it was, obviously, the more personal of the two. The case had a lot of names and pieces that it was difficult to keep all of the information straight. There were also some random facts scattered around that went on a bit long when there wasn’t a direct connection to anything going on which kept throwing me off. Ultimately, my heart broke for the victims in both accounts. I wanted to jump in and help however I could.
It’s always difficult to read books like this and know it’s real. It never ceases to amaze me how uncaring some parents can be (and worse). Honestly, I didn’t retain much of the investigation piece. For a memoir, those sections felt impersonal. I didn’t find the writing style all too engaging, either. That’s not to say it didn’t resonate at all. I’ve definitely thought back on the book since finishing it.