The Hot One

The Hot One

A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder

Book - 2017
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Recommended by NPR, Elle , Cosmopolitan , Entertainment Weekly , New York Magazine, New York Post , and Bustle

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451625813
Branch Call Number: 364.1523092
Characteristics: ix, 244 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 21, 2017

Since the author really didn't know the victim very well, the book ends up being about the author herself. Not very interesting. A bit too much "look at me, look at me".

AL_KATI Aug 28, 2017

I really enjoy true crime, but lately I've been drawn to reading about the victim's family and their friends in the aftermath of tragedy. I couldn't put this down because it's also about the power of female friendships and how we view ourselves in comparison to others. Highly recommend if you like true crime but need a break from all the (often gory) details. If you liked "Alligator Candy," you'll also enjoy this.


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