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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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It’s like listening to a concerto slowly raises its tempo and as you reach the ending, you hear the crescendo: that’s moment the earth shattering revelation squeezes your heart, you barely breathe! As Alix digs deeper into Josie’s life and her secrets trickle out, a much more troubling picture emerges.

The underlying messages are great although some could have been fleshed out more, and the writing style just works a treat for me. For all of Josie’s flaws, it has to be said that Walter is equally responsible for their dysfunctionality. A few days later Josie approaches Alix as she’s waiting to pick her children up outside school, and says she’s been listening to her podcasts, and wants to know if Alix will feature her, not as a successful woman, but as a woman who has some dark secrets but is about to change her life completely. Lisa Jewell's latest Psychological Thriller grabbed my attention from the start and held it all the way through. The state of her two daughters, Roxy and Erin, are kept top secret for a long time just to emphasise this.Josie has been listening to Alix’s podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series. Jewell devotees who love the author’s signature twisted characters and acidic cultural commentary—here focused on the travails of internet celebrity—will be satisfied by this pitch-black outing and its shocking climax, but readers with a lower tolerance for nastiness should turn elsewhere. 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. 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.

But it was, at the same time, the best fun ever and Jessica Jones now feels like a part of me forever, definitely one of my favorite characters I’ve written to date. 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.As Josie’s life seems to implode, she goes to Alix’s house and stays, and stays, and stays… created a creepy, cloying, menacing, and claustrophobic atmosphere.

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