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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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I am a huge fan of Lisa Jewell, and this was right up there in terms of thrill, fast pace, plot, writing style and characterisation – yes but that doesn’t mean I liked the characters. Then the narrative jumps around between Alix and Josie’s “present day” perspectives, as well as clips from the Netflix documentary and Alix’s eventual podcast. Overall, this is a cracking read from a very accomplished author who sure understands how to entertain her readers.

It means she’s wrong, that everything, literally everything, about her is wrong and that she’s running out of time to make herself right. For some reason I like the twisted minds of someone with their own agenda, and the anticipation of what will happen next. Lisa Jewell has been around the scene for a while now: this is her ELEVENTH thriller after making the transition from romance novels.

But slowly Alix starts to realise that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life — and into her home.

When two women who share a birthday meet, a journalist becomes the subject of her own true-crime mystery. Things escalate to such a degree you find yourself furiously turning pages in disbelief and yes, there are some jaw droppers! Why do you think Josie imbues this relatively ordinary coincidence with so much importance and meaning? The first two-thirds of the book was gripping and I would have given that five stars, but the last bit was anti-climatic.I know this is fiction but I could not ignore certain aspects of the story no matter how much I tried. For all of Josie’s flaws, it has to be said that Walter is equally responsible for their dysfunctionality. I felt it was too ambiguous, and was confused what kind of conclusion the reader was supposed to make.

There are always clues being planted and red herrings craftily scattered throughout the narrative, giving it a kind of unreliability that is in keeping with the title. Choose a true crime podcast to listen to and compare and contrast the narration approach with Alix’s podcast. It starts slow but the sinister feeling tingles beneath your neck, warning you bad things are about to come and sooner all hell breaks loose.The narrative is interspersed with transcripts from Alix's interviews with Josie's neighbors, friends, and family members, revealing so many versions of events that readers will have some trouble deciding where the truth lies. What were you excited to explore by including a podcast within the structure, as well as by having one of the narrators be a podcaster? Oh boy, does the plot ever become intense with examples of dysfunction on a level that beggars belief. Using Josie’s story who wants to make imminent changes in her life may attract her audiences’ attention. Now Josie thinks he's a pedophile and has been sneaking into their daughter's room during the night.

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