None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

Book Review: None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

Dare I say the book of the summer has landed? (Even though I’m writing this post well after summer has ended?)

Bookstagrammers worldwide couldn’t open the app the past few months without seeing multiple posts of None of This is True by Lisa Jewell.

A fast favorite among thriller-lovers, None of This is True contains two elements that are near and dear to my thriller-obsessed heart: multiple viewpoints and a unreliable narrator. Seriously, is there anything better in a psychological thriller than a freaking unreliable narrator?

I think not.

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None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

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(Synopsis from Goodreads)

“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?”


My eyes and brain devoured these pages in about 24 hours.

Do I think it’s the best thriller I’ve ever read? I gotta be honest and give that title to my all time favorites: Gone Girl and Sometimes I Lie.

But this book was really captivating and I needed to know how it ended from the moment it began.

The only thing that really bugged me was the overall premise of the book (hahahah reading that back I realize how terrible and contradicting that sounds to my review).

If I’m scrolling through podcasts and I stumble upon one that talks about birthday twins, I’m thinking it’s an automatic snooze fest and continuing my scroll. Even though Alix’s idea obviously morphs into something different (hallelujah, thriller fans rejoice).

You’ll think you’ll know where things are heading, but I promise you the ending will leave you scratching your head and wondering what’s really true. Love that in a book.

My overall rating: 4 stars.

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