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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Although she wants to help her, Alix fears that this case may be far more involved than any she's explored in her podcast thus far. Before long, though, Josie divulges that beneath her modest middle-class home life lie instances of pedophilia, child abuse, and even murder. Alix and Josie bump into each other for the first time in the bathroom of a local pub, coincidentally on the day they were both turning 45. Things escalate to such a degree you find yourself furiously turning pages in disbelief and yes, there are some jaw droppers!
She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. Josie is curious to know more about Alix and looks her up on the internet and finds out that Alix is a popular podcaster known for sharing the stories of strong women who have overcome the odds to exact positive change in their lives.Instead of feeling threatened, Alix decides to feature Josie on a podcast about the lives of ordinary women. The first two-thirds of the book was gripping and I would have given that five stars, but the last bit was anti-climatic. The revelation sparks a tense and compelling journey into the depths of manipulation and control within the dynamics of their relationship.
She glances at Walter, at the fading glory of him, and she wonders how different things would be if she hadn’t met him. The atmosphere of the novel, set mostly on this wild Greek island, echoes strongly the classical tragedies of Greece. Josie’s hand finds the chain she’s worn around her neck since she was thirty; her birthday gift that year from Walter.You know that there is something really malevolent there, but what you do not know is what she is actually capable of, and the extent of the mysteries surrounding her. At the end of a particularly sinister and AMAZING horror movie, I always have that moment where I'm GRATEFUL to leave the theater, blink in the sunlight, and feel part of the less ominous real world. Alix Summer, with her seemingly perfect life as a podcaster and her seemingly perfect family in their beautiful house, and Josie, a woman from a council estate with a past filled with abuse, grooming and who-knows-what other horrors.
The podcast only comes alive as a script when it’s used as part of the Netflix documentary and it was that documentary that really formed the structure of the book, not the podcast itself. For all of her status as a successful podcaster with a middle class existence, she lacks the ability to take control of any situation. It was actually a relatively late addition to the book, when I realized that the tension was building in an incredibly quiet and slow burn way and I realized my readers would need something to make them fear for the outcome, and I suddenly pictured Josie’s neighbor sitting on a chair in a TV studio talking about her impressions of Josie and Walter and realized that that was the way to do it. Indeed, the whole thing between them was toxic and their exchanges were the parts I enjoyed reading the least.
Perhaps if we’d had some POV from Josie after the shit hit the fan that would have cleared up her state of mind. 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. Josie’s revelations about her past and her marriage are shocking and Alix finds herself becoming inextricably drawn into Josie’s narrative.
I think it’s best to make up one’s own opinion on this one, I get why some might feel uncomfortable, angry and frustrated by how some themes are handled.This connection sparks a collaboration, leading them to embark on a fascinating podcast journey delving into the intriguing life of Josie Fair. Sometimes, when they have a high-energy babysitter, the children will still be up when they get home, restless and annoyingly awake. While podcaster Alix Summers is out with her husband to celebrate her 45th, after the big song, a woman named Josie approaches the table and informs her that she is her TRUE birthday twin---down to the year. These sections are well written because you know that what she says cannot be taken as gospel, but there are bits of truth hidden among the lies and it challenges you to pick them apart.