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Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation (edició 2022)

de Erika Krouse (Autor)

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"The best story I've read in a long, long time." --Lacy Crawford, author of Notes on a Silencing "Krouse's vivid and original memoir is state of the art. Tell Me Everything is our new standard." --Charles D'Ambrosio, author of Loitering 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 don't know why I'm 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 she's 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 Grayson's 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 university's 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.… (més)
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Títol:Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation
Autors:Erika Krouse (Autor)
Informació:Flatiron Books (2022), 288 pages
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I just did not like the feel of this book. It was supposed to be non-fiction but it was trying really hard to be a fiction story. It didn't seem authentic. ( )
  Jen-Lynn | Aug 1, 2022 |
✔️ 𝕋𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕄𝕖 𝔼𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕪𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘 by Erika Krouse
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“Maybe I, too, was splashing around in other people's pain just to avoid drowning in my own. Maybe I was only trying to help them because nobody helped me.”

Part memoir / part true crime novel, this book was so different than I expected. Having dealt with sexual abuse in her own personal
Past, I can’t imagine how difficult it was to take on an investigation assignment revolving around rape. This is an all too important issue, and as much as we realize it is swept under the rug, I don’t think we have a clue how bad this problem really is.

For me, this book was like a bad car wreck. The subject is a difficult one and horrible to even think about. But like a car wreck, I couldn’t look away, I couldn’t put the book down. I was intrigued by the level of nonchalance around the issue, I was impressed that they dove deeper into the issue than normal, and I loved the way this book was written in both memoir and true crime form.

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  BooksandHappy | Jul 17, 2022 |
This is a combination memoir and true crime reportage that normally annoys me as they feel artificially smashed together, neither being a meaty enough subject for an entire book. But Tell Me Everything is an exception to this pattern, the connection between the author's life and the crime she's telling us about are clear and work together in a way that makes both facets of the story stronger.

Krouse got an offer of a job to become a private investigator for a lawyer at a point when her employment was temp work. She struggled to find her feet in her new profession, but as she became more involved in the case the lawyer was involved with, that of suing a university for Title IX violations in cases where sexual assault by athletes is enabled and hidden by coaching staff, she becomes more assured and determined to help the case. It's a complex case and Krouse's involvement contributes small portion of the evidence collected, but her own history makes this case personal for her.

Krouse writes well and this is a fascinating, if occasionally hard to read, story. I rushed through this book much faster than I'd planned to and learned quite a bit about how the legal system works. There's a painful honesty to Krouse's account and I'm impressed at her bravery in telling her story as well as the determination she showed in helping to hold an institution accountable. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Jul 14, 2022 |
Erika Krouse has held a lot of positions and is a temping regular but never thought about being a private investigator until she meets Grayson, a lawyer who spilled his soul to her for no reason other than she had that kind of face. Her job with Grayson would require her to speak to victims and witnesses of an alleged rape at a college party. She was to bring Grayson the alleged victim as well as leads that would help make this civil case, as the DA refused to hold a criminal trial, stick to show that the college and his employees were to be held responsible for the rape culture around the campus.

The author also uses this memoir as a change to attempt to heal from her own childhood sexual abuse and the lack of love and compassion from her mother. She details how in her mother's eyes she is the evil child while her older sister is the Good One and her brother is the Invisible One. Despite being told of the abuse by her mother's partner, X, Erika is held responsible in her mother's eyes and she is treated as less than because of it.

The book was more a memoir than a true crime novel but I enjoyed following along with the case and seeing how quickly Erika picked up on the legal mumbo jumbo being thrown at her and did her best for the victims who came forward for the case. The author did a wonderful job of expressing how she felt in comparison to what the alleged victims are feeling. It was a good quick read.
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  Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse is a 2022 Flatiron publication.

Erika Krouse was an investigator working for a lawyer named ‘Grayson’, when she is given a huge assignment, investigating a rape allegation at the University of Colorado, which occurred on football recruitment weekend.

The information she eventually shakes loose will have a major impact on the case- a case that was, in and of itself, a landmark, as Grayson planned to apply Title IX in the lawsuit.

While Erika has been told countless times that she has a face that prompts people to confide in her, dropping information they would never have shared with anyone else- even people she’s only just met.

But, in this case, that will not be enough- people are wary, afraid and defensive. Erika is then forced to develop some tricks of the detective trade- and as time passes, she becomes a very capable detective.

The case, though, brings up some painful memories for Erika. She was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, and this investigation brings painful emotions to the surface, threatening her mental health. But Erika stays the course, exposing a toxic environment in collegiate sports that eventually came to the attention of the national media.

This book had real potential, but for me, this combination of two genres- that of true crime and personal memoir, doesn’t work for me. This is the third book this year that has attempted to merge these two genres and all three times I’ve found the format lacking.

In this instance, it was a bit more frustrating for me because the author didn’t include the background information necessary for context- just basic True Crime 101 information.

Instead, I had to do a Google search about the case, which is work I shouldn’t have had to do. First, this case is an old one- so memories may have faded some- and not all folks who read this book will be familiar with college football-like me, for example, which is why I felt the backstory was important.

Secondly, the memoir aspects, though somewhat connected in theme to the case being investigated, isn’t directly connected to these crimes.

I felt both these stories deserved more time than was devoted to them, and one part severely distracted from the other. In other words, the two stories- the criminal case and Erika’s personal journey- needed to be separate. Both stories should be told- just not in the same book.

Other than that, the case is one that was especially shocking when it first came to light. It exposed the university and its greed, it’s lack of protection for female students who would most assuredly be harassed in such an environment, and were put at a huge risk of being sexually assaulted.

Since that time, other similar cases have been exposed at the college level- equally disturbing with lots of excuses made to protect the schools, the coaches, and the players.

As a person who lives in a state where football is worshiped, and since I’m on the outside of that culture, I see it more clearly, perhaps, and I can tell you, not much has changed, though we are assured it has.

The initial denials and cover-ups had a high cost though- just not necessarily to the university- which made sure they didn’t bear the brunt of it.

In the end, one is left feeling unsettled by it all. One bright spot, though, is that Erika seems to have found a way to cope with her past, and her family, to find peace and contentment in her life.

Overall, despite some presentation issues, the book does expose a dangerous culture that puts women at risk, then and now, and from that angle the book has merit- but one will want to read up on the subject a little before reading the book. I think that will help give Erika's investigations more gravity. I just hope this true crime memoir format doesn't become a new trend.

2.5 stars ( )
  gpangel | Jun 15, 2022 |
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"The best story I've read in a long, long time." --Lacy Crawford, author of Notes on a Silencing "Krouse's vivid and original memoir is state of the art. Tell Me Everything is our new standard." --Charles D'Ambrosio, author of Loitering 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 don't know why I'm 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 she's 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 Grayson's 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 university's 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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