Fun fact about Amity: I have watched more true crime documentaries, listened to podcasts, and have binged more episodes of Law and Order: SVU than I can count. Seriously… So it’s easy for me to say psychological thrillers are right up my alley, and Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite psychological thriller authors, and for good reason! The twists and turns in her books are unmatched and I never, AND I MEAN NEVER, guess what is going to happen! This book is hands down, my favorite L.J. book to date!
How many times have you felt fate played a part in your life? That’s what happened between Alix Summer and Josie Fair. Both women at the same restaurant for their 45th birthday, Josie seeks out Summer to tell her they are “birthday twins”. This encounter leads to Alix, a famous podcaster, interviewing Josie for a new podcast idea.
As the podcast begins, Josie spills secrets to Alix and Alix finds herself confiding in Josie as well. Josie shares secrets about her life, her marriage, and her daughters. Alix feels as if Josie is not someone to trust, but being the kind person she is, continues to support Josie during her troubling times.
That is until Alix’s life turns upside down and Josie Fair is brought forth to be a liar. But is she a liar, or is everyone else lying? Who is Josie Fair and what has she truly done?
In true Lisa Jewell fashion, her characters are richly developed and strong-willed; they are complex and break stereotypes. I admire Jewell’s boldness when it comes to her characters walking the line of politically incorrect or “icky”. Characters who don’t fit the ideal or the norm are sometimes looked down on, and I enjoy how Jewell takes their shortcomings and uses them to better the storyline.
The format of the book was brilliant, with podcast episodes and a documentary being filmed within the text. The audiobook was phenomenal when it came to cutting between the text, script, and documentary film. I felt as if I was right there, watching a Netflix documentary, so clearly.
I must say, the ending left me speechless. In true Lisa Jewell fashion, we are left with our jaws hanging to the floor. This is such a great book and had me holding onto my seat the whole time.
I definitely recommend this book and I’m so thankful to NetGalley for this ARC copy of None of This is True by Lisa Jewell, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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