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None of This is True: The new addictive psychological thriller from the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

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Told in a multimedia format, the way it is all laid out is easy to follow even allowing for the curious lack of page breaks, and it also ensures that the plot moves at a reasonably brisk pace. What details from Erin and Roxy’s stories about their childhoods and more recent events shocked you the most? Alix is a successful journalist, and Josie convinces Alix that her story is worth telling: Josie met her husband when she was 13 and he was 40. It’s a crime novel set in the Marvel universe, using the character of Jessica Jones who is a private investigator with superpowers. I knew there was one more thing I could give myself (as at this point I still didn’t really truly know what had happened or who to believe) and to the reader, that would absolutely make sense of everything at the same time as turning everything on its head, and so when I wrote that epilogue and saw what had really happened through the lens of Josie’s warped and broken mind, I was as shocked as I expect my readers to be.

I loved the structure of the novel, which is presented from the perspectives of Josie and Alix with transcripts of the podcast interviews (featuring Josie, Alix and several other characters) interspersed throughout the narrative.The other woman is Josie Fair, married with her husband two times older than her, mother of 2 daughters in twenties, a teen mother, who is unsatisfied with her life and her unaccomplished dreams. The book’s unreliable narrator, dark twists and unending suspense will keep you on edge until the very last page. Peeling apart the layers of her backstory, discovering her childhood, her role as a mother, and the lies she has told, was pure heart-pounding fun! A life lived in fast-forward and now, apparently, she should peak and crest and then come slowly, contentedly down the other side, but it doesn’t feel as if there ever was a peak, rather an abyss formed of trauma that she keeps circling and circling with a knot of dread in the pit of her stomach. This heart-pounding, gripping thriller opens with two women celebrating their forty-fifth birthday at the same pub.

Overall, there may not be many likeable characters in sight, but it is still a gripping read with a plot that fascinates from start to finish. She wears wide-legged trousers and a top made of two pieces of black cloth held together with laces at the sides.

The reason I am not giving None of This Is True five stars, which I thought I would for 95% of the book, is that I feel conflicted about the ending. The narrative unfolds as two distinct women, brought together by a chance encounter at a pub, discover they share the same birthday. The story provoked all my feelings, giving me shades of My Dark Vanessa and Greenwich Park, among other books. The energy they give off is effervescent, a swirling, intoxicating aurora borealis of grating, glorious entitlement. But Josie seems more interested in being part of Alix’s seemingly glamorous life than she is in fixing her own, and when three people end up dead and Alix’s life is turned upside down, the evidence points to Josie—and turns the TV series into a murder mystery.

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