Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry

Title: Adnan’s Story

Author: Rabia Chaudry

Release Date: August 9, 2016

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Adnan has always maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, believes he was wrongly convicted and has fought for his release. But by 2013, after appeals were exhausted, things looked bleak. Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a journalist and producer at This American Life, hoping that she would bring possibly shed new light on the case. Koenig’s investigation turned into Serial, the international phenomenon and Peabody Award-winning podcast.

Adnan’s Story reexamines the investigation that led to Adnan’s arrest, covers new evidence and possibilities that have since come to light, reviews the court successes that have breathed new life to Adnan’s case, and in this new edition, reveals how she achieved success in the courts when Adnan was granted a retrial in March 2018. Woven with personal reflections from Adnan himself, including new never-before-seen letters he penned from prison, this in-depth book offers new insight into the story that captivated millions.

My Review: I first became familiar with this story through the Serial podcast, as I’m sure is the case for a lot of you. Whether you believe Adnan is innocent, or you believe he is guilty, this novel gives you more depth into his story then the podcast does. Some say it’s biased towards his innocence… 

I personally go back and forth, I can’t commit myself to say that he is innocent or fully guilty, because I feel a little bit of both. On one hand if he is guilty, it’s a good thing that he is serving life in prison, but what if he is innocent? What if he is innocent, and he is serving a sentence when he should be free?

Then, I wonder.. “But how did Jay know where the car was?”

And a lot of other things don’t look good for him, or there are things that make me say.. “He’s totally innocent!”

One thing is certain, there’s one of two, or only two people who know what happened.. and one of them is lying.. 

Do you think Adnan is guilty? Do you think he is innocent? Why?

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Love, Ellie