The Fact of A Body: A Murder and a Memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s new book is wonderfully written and evocative down to its pores, bringing us into the heart of both the author’s sexual abuse as a child and a murder trial she’s involved in as an adult attorney. I haven’t read abuse written this poignantly yet delicately before. The two stories, the memoir and the murder, twine around each other in a masterful way, each opening up the reader’s understanding of the other and of what they both mean to the author. Marzano-Lesnevich is skilled at peeling back layers to find the history within her perpetrator and the murderer/perpetrator she studies to discover the human within who can make monstrous decisions. She unveils herself as well, offering us both her vulnerability and her hard-won strength.

—Cheryl Suchors