None of This is True

Lisa Jewell

Mystery Thriller

Lisa Jewell returns with a scintillating new psychological thriller about a woman who finds herself the subject of her own popular true crime podcast.

Celebrating her forty-fifth birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summers crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Josie, it turns out, is also celebrating her forty-fifth birthday. They are, in fact, birthday twins.

A few days later, Alix and Josie bump into each other again, this time outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie has been listening to Alix’s podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series. She is, she tells Alix, on the cusp of great changes in her life.

Josie’s life appears to be strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can’t quite resist the temptation to keep making the podcast. Slowly she starts to realise that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life—and into her home.

But, as quickly as she arrived, Josie disappears. Only then does Alix discover that Josie has left a terrible and terrifying legacy in her wake, and that Alix has become the subject of her own true crime podcast, with her life and her family’s lives under mortal threat.

Who is Josie Fair? And what has she done?

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“You have to be free in order to be in control, Alix. You have to be free. No baggage. A clean break.”

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5) At a chance meeting, two women meet and realize they have the same birthday from the same hospital. What are the chances? They’re meant to be friends, right?

Josie was a character I loved to hate. She just felt “off” to me from the start. A little desperate, lonely and very controlling. In contrast, Alix was a successful podcaster who had a family, even if that family had it’s own problems.

As the story unfolded, my dislike for Josie grew. She seemed to revel in attention, and would never give straight answers to what I was wanting. Alix’s suspicion started to grow along with mine until all the pieces are revealed and the shocking events were exposed.

I feel my dislike for Josie and her husband played a huge part in the story. She was 15 and he was 42 when they started dating, then married when she was 18. WTH?? Wrong. Just wrong. I couldn’t wrap my head around that one. I had an aversion to both of them. While this wasn’t a huge wow of a conclusion for me, I was entertained and enjoyed the ride.

General content summary: F words = 20+, alcohol (multiple),  man dating and marrying a teen, pedophelia, spousal physical abuse, child abusing other children (bullying, broken bones), man sleeping with teens (no details), child physical abuse (no details, previous ), child sexual abuse, person tied up and beaten (death and/or injuries), f/f relationship (previous), infidelity (previous, few details), drowning (no details), body found (no details), physical and child abuse (previous, few details), physical violence (choking, beating, death), funeral, grief, 

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