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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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We both ended up with similar feelings on None of This Is True, and foremost agreed that it was a compulsive, must read suspense tale.

because of this, the plot was not incredibly surprising and the plot twists were extremely mild/predictable… BUT all of it was unsettling and i enjoyed the vibe. 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. It's a testament to the author's skill in creating a narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. 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.This year she thought of the honeyed glow of the Lansdowne, the buzz of chatter, the champagne in ice buckets on outdoor tables on warm summer days, and she thought of the little bit of money her grandmother had left her last month in her will, and she’d looked at herself in the mirror and tried to see herself as the sort of person who celebrated her birthday in a gastropub in Queen’s Park and she’d said, “We should go out for dinner. When Josie suggests she do a podcast about her, and her wish to steer her life in a new direction, she agrees. For all of her status as a successful podcaster with a middle class existence, she lacks the ability to take control of any situation.

There is also some clever writing on show, as some seemingly harmless things are mentioned early on which become important later. We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006).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. A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over na Revolving around a podcast about a seemingly ordinary woman, it becomes a dark insight into a character who is altogether more sinister, and leads to a mystery that keeps hanging on the edge with little idea of how it is going to end. So we also know, right away, that something very bad happened to Alix’s husband after he was picked up in the opening pages! 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.

A very good concept which is executed well, plus an unpredictable plot that makes you think twice about everything. Their unlikely meeting turns into a podcast in which shared confidences become the motive for murder. Not only is this not the first time Jewell has done this sort of thing, but it took what was SUCH a disturbing and powerful narrative to a sort of icky place.BUT after a very strong start, and me loving the short chapters the ending was kind of ambiguous and left me wanting more.

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