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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Overall, it’s one of the stories that stay with you for years, still giving you goosebumps at each time you remember the characters and main events. None of This is True is a psychological thriller about two women who, through a chance encounter, learn they are birthday twins. Gloriously dark, so clever and completely addictive - this is Lisa Jewell at the very top of her game. The author ventures into some very dark and disturbing themes in this novel (grooming, pedophilia, sexual abuse of a minor, trauma and mental health) and I’m not comfortable with the way those topics were presented. If Jewell wanted to shelve novel writing and jump into screenwriting TOMORROW, I think she could do it.

She uses a similar technique here but with a little more subtlety, as a key moment takes place in the plot that opens up several different possibilities, especially when the transcripts from the Netflix documentary are added to the mix. 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. WARNING ⚠️ There IS an “ICK” factor to this book, and some of the subjects in the podcast include pedophiles, child abuse, and incest.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. I read this in day which I am deliberately not doing any more, because this was such a captivating read and a great book overall. But Josie seems like more than telling her story, lurking around Alix’s house, trying to be part of her life, criticizing her marriage. But then it's revealed, amidst a sea of lies, that one story was TRUE: a character involved in grooming a young woman really DID groom said teenager. Oh boy, does the plot ever become intense with examples of dysfunction on a level that beggars belief.

While not my favorite Lisa Jewell novel, it is an immensely enjoyable read that will be a fantastic book club choice, brimming with copious discussion material. I adored the unreliable characters, their dark secrets, the fateful collision of their two different worlds in the same corner of London. This involvement escalates to stalking, stealing items from Alix's house, lurking around, critiquing her marriage, and manipulating her by portraying Alix's husband as worse than her own. However, my reason for not giving this a full 5 stars is that this final 15% felt as if it just lost steam and wasn’t sure of how it wanted to end, so it took a milder finale that had me feeling a little deflated, going from full speed ahead to a little bit of, “Wait, that’s it? First off, I am the last person to be excited by the premise of a true crime podcast/documentary/Netflix show etc.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. How does Lisa Jewell’s characterization lead us to think of Josie as just a little quirky or lonely—and ultimately harmless?



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