Who Named the Knife: A True Story of Murder and Memory

When a murder occurs in beautiful Hawaii, the suspects are two young mainlanders on their honeymoon. Mayann Acker is eighteen-years-old. Her husband, William, is twenty-eight and just out of prison.Linda Spalding is chosen as a juror for Maryann's trail. Surprisingly, the chief witness against her is William. Spalding has her doubts, but on the last day of the trial she is abruptly dismissed from the jury. Maryann is found guilty. Who Named the Knife is the story of how, eighteen years later, Spalding tracks down Maryann and uncovers much more than the answer to the question of her innocence. A complex journey into the twists of fate that spin two lives down different paths, Who Named the Knife offers profound insight into the human heart.

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By Erica (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★☆☆ · November 03, 2007
An interesting look at a sociopath and his girlfriend, but I never got to really understand or know any of the characters. The author and the female subject ultimately seem uninteresting and kind of spaced out. Also it seems like the author wasted a lot of her own life for some uncalled for guilt... ...more
By Lisa (Calgary, BC, Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 19, 2014
I was interested in this book, as I had lived in Hawaii, now live in Canada and was visiting Hawaii over the holidays of 2013, so thought it would be an interesting and timely read. I found it disjointed and rambling. I was not able to emotionally connect with the characters and finished it...bar... ...more
By Daisy (Birmingham, AL) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 15, 2008
I really thought this was going to be another book that added to my ever-increasing lexicon of murder fear. The author was supposedly writing a book about being on a jury that convicted a woman for murders she may not have committed and her later reconnection with the woman while she was a life-l... ...more
By Valerie · ★★★☆☆ · March 04, 2013
an account of the hawaii murder trial of a woman defendant who was probably wrongfully convicted. written by a juror who was bounced from the murder jury after being 5 minutes late back from lunch, felt guilty, and much later developed a friendship of sorts with the defendant. I study jury system... ...more
By Dawna (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 06, 2011
Parts were good but on the whole - just okay. The storyline was too jumbled for my taste. ...more
By Hilary (Bellevue, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · January 04, 2010
Bit waffly but shockingly she is still in jail after 20 + years despite the husband confessing. ...more