Get ready for the Amanda Knox story.
The 24-year-old exchange student who was convicted in Italy, but later acquitted last year has agreed to a book deal with HarperCollins, the publishing company announced on Thursday.
Knox’s story captured the world as she was on trial for murder, and HarperCollins said the Seattle resident will “share the truth about the terrifying ordeal.” Knox was incarcerated for four years inside an Italy prison.
“Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system,” HarperCollins said in a statement.
“Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates. She will reveal never before-told details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life.”
Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were originally convicted of sexually assaulting and killing 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, Knox’s roommate, in November 2007.
She was acquitted in October after pleading for her freedom during a speech to an Italian appeals court.
The book is currently untitled and is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2013.
“Many accounts have been written of the Amanda Knox case, and countless writers and reporters have speculated on what role, if any, was played by Knox in that tragic and terrifying sequence of events,” HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham said.
He added: “No one has yet heard Amanda Knox’s own account of what happened, and this book will give Knox an opportunity to tell the story in full detail, for the first time. It will be the story of a crime and a trial, but also a moving account of a young woman’s struggle to cope with a nightmarish ordeal that placed her at the center of a media storm, and led to her imprisonment.”