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

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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The story unravels via alternating points of view and via a Netflix podcast/documentary entitled ‘ Hi! It doesn't end there, these two women seemingly share frustrations with each of their respective partners. and that unsettling, insidious fear of “letting the wrong person in” did underscore the book as I was writing it, definitely. At the same time, themes include pedophilia, alcoholism, and physical and emotional abuse, so it is not a fun read.

The first two-thirds of the book was gripping and I would have given that five stars, but the last bit was anti-climatic.

Alix is convinced by Josie to make her the subject and storyline of her next podcast which reaches out to thousands of women suffering domestic and psychological abuse, and women who enjoy hearing other life stories. These tidbits add another layer to the events, but the snippets don’t show the whole of the situation until the end when the truth is finally revealed. At the end of a particularly sinister and AMAZING horror movie, I always have that moment where I'm GRATEFUL to leave the theater, blink in the sunlight, and feel part of the less ominous real world. So we also know, right away, that something very bad happened to Alix’s husband after he was picked up in the opening pages!

So when she “accidentally” bumps into her “birthday twin” again, a few days later, and Josie suggests that she might be an interesting subject, because Alix can follow her AS she changes her life instead of after someone has ALREADY done so, Alix decides to record a “test session” to see how it goes. Josie tells Alix she is about to make big changes in her life and wants Alix to document it for her podcast. As the podcast continues, some very disturbing facts begin to reveal themselves, and Alix realises that she’s made a big mistake! That being said, there were a few aspects of this plot that kept it from being a 5 star read for me and more than a few times I wished I could slowly back away from the characters in this book.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. Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. With the Netflix documentary on top, the concept of the podcast offers the right amount of originality to stand out alongside other titles with similar formats, and the mystery is never simple to decipher at any step of the way. She has to go back to her husband and her flatbread and let Alix go back to her friends and her party. With the story unfinished, the narrative unfolds in the present tense, with prose that jingles like song lyrics: “He turns to see if the girl is behind him, and sees her wishy-washy, wavy-wavy, in double vision through the glass windows of the hotel.

Josie approaches Alix with the idea of being a subject of her next podcast feature citing the fact that she is in the process of making big changes in her life. This book is no different, and the multiple povs really give us insight into the various narrators inner thoughts and feelings while the tension ramps up around them. 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. The paths of two women – Alix Summer and Josie Fair – cross when they are out celebrating their birthdays in the same restaurant. WARNING ⚠️ There IS an “ICK” factor to this book, and some of the subjects in the podcast include pedophiles, child abuse, and incest.

When Josie knocks her door in the middle of the night, Alix realizes things can get more out of control and nothing as it seems.

This is slightly more character driven than some of Lisa Jewell’s other books, and that really comes out when Josie is recording episodes of the podcast. There is also some clever writing on show, as some seemingly harmless things are mentioned early on which become important later. Saturday, 8 June, 2019 Josie can feel her husband’s discomfort as they enter the golden glow of the gastropub. Although I understand the novel is trying to frame things as a Netflix documentary, and the only record of Josie exists pre-kidnapping (except we did have her POV chapters earlier on so that doesn’t 100% make sense!

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. UNTIL Josie happens to run into Alix yet again - this time, outside of her children's school - and Josie has become completely enamored with Alix's podcast.



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