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None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

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None of This Is True

BOTY FINALIST

Each year thousands of members vote for our Book of the Year award—congrats to None of This Is True!

3peat author

Lisa Jewell is officially a 3-time author at BOTM, which is a pretty big deal!

by Lisa Jewell

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Quick take

A podcaster and her subject’s lives become increasingly intertwined in this twisty tale where fact and fiction compete.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Psychological

    Psychological

  • Illustrated icon, Multiple_Viewpoints

    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Unreliable_Narrator

    Unreliable narrator

  • Illustrated icon, Movieish

    Movieish

Synopsis

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 realize 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.

Content warning

This book contains mentions of child abuse.

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None of This Is True

PROLOGUE

Stumbling from the cool of the air-conditioned hotel foyer into the steamy white heat of the night does nothing to sober him up. It makes him feel panicky and claustrophobic. A sweat that feels like pure alcohol blooms quickly on his skin, dampening his spine and the small of his back. How can it be so hot at three in the morning? And where is she? Where is she? He turns to see if the girl is behind him, and sees her wishy-washy, wavy-wavy, in double vision through the glass windows of the hotel. And then he sees a car indicate to pull over and his heart rate starts to slow. She’s here. At last. Thank God. This terrible night is coming to an end. He squints to bring it into focus, to search the driver’s seat for the reassuring gleam of her white-blond hair, but it’s not there. The window winds down and he recoils slightly.

“What?” he says to the dark-haired woman behind the wheel. “What are you doing here? Where’s my wife?”

“It’s OK,” says the woman. “She sent me. She’d had too much to drink. She asked me to bring you home. Come on. In you get.”

He looks behind him for the girl, sees her leaving the hotel and walking quickly away in the opposite direction, her handbag clutched tight against her side.

“I’ve got water. I’ve got coffee. Come on. You’ll be home in no time.”

The dog on her lap growls at him softly as he slides into the passenger seat.

“I thought you’d left?” he says, fumbling behind himself to find the seat belt. “I thought you’d gone away?”

The woman smiles at him as she unscrews the lid from a plastic bottle of water and passes it to him.

“Yes,” she says. “I had. But she needed me. So. Anyway. Drink that. Drink it all down.”

He puts the bottle to his dry, dry mouth, and gulps it back. Then he closes his eyes and waits to be home.

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Why I love it

I have been a huge Lisa Jewell fan since her breakout novel Then She Was Gone, and every year that we are treated to a new installment in the Jewell universe is a lucky one. With None of This Is True, Lisa Jewell proves once again that thrilling chills and multifaceted characters make for a perfect marriage of psychological suspense.

None of This Is True begins with the unlikely meeting of two women celebrating their forty-fifth birthdays—unwitting “birthday twins” who connect over the occasion in a local bar. Soon after meeting, one of them, Josie, begins listening to her new pal Alix’s podcast about inspiring women and becomes convinced she would be the perfect subject for an episode about midlife reinvention. Alix hesitantly agrees, but once she gets a taste of Josie’s life, she can’t help but become fully mesmerized by and invested in its many twists and turns. The more she learns, the more Alix questions the truth of what Josie tells her, even as she lets her stay in her family’s home. By the time Josie disappears, she has fully ingratiated herself into Alix’s life—and those Alix loves are in grave danger.

This thriller is classic Lisa Jewell—twisted family dynamics, complicated female friendships, and delectably unreliable narrators that will keep you guessing till the bitter end. The podcast excerpts take it up that extra notch, with witness interviews painting a picture of a darkening world that you can’t help but be sucked into. So do yourself a favor and pick up None of This Is True—just be warned that reality might not look the same once you’re done . . .

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Member ratings (44,668)

  • Anne C.

    Oklahoma City, OK

    Talk about a mind bender. You know how there are shows you can watch distracted, then there are shows you have to pay attention? This book is the latter. So good & twisty. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Brittany V.

    Hemingford, NE

    What did I just read?! 😵‍💫🤯 Absolutely loved this book even though I will never know what is actually True! I can’t stop thinking about that ending! I need more! I couldn’t put it down! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Michelle T.

    Tallahassee, FL

    This whole book I’m just like “wtf”, “this lady is nuts” “what did I just read?” I was sucked into the crazy. Then the end I was like 😱 “WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” “I don’t even know what’s real anymore!”

  • Daynelle H.

    Saint Augusta, MN

    Each chapter, a truth was revealed, and I found myself asking, "but what about...?!" There was a constant push to reach the next explanation, but 'none of this is true,' right? So, what is? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Kaytlin M.

    Arnold, MO

    My vote for BOTY! Test your own detective skills, even after the book ends. I love a book with loose ends if they are plausible. I mean..WTF?! A great book club read. Will be recommending!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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First Lie Wins
No One Can Know
Middle of the Night
Listen for the Lie
A Talent for Murder
One Perfect Couple
Darling Girls
Kill for Me, Kill for You
Murder Road
Daughter of Mine
The Fury
Only if You’re Lucky
The Other Mothers
The Resort
When I’m Dead
The Soulmate
What Lies in the Woods
She Started It
The Only One Left
Dark Corners
Blacktop Wasteland
All the Dangerous Things
The Only Survivors
The Broken Girls
The Family Game
The Push
We Were Never Here
Things We Do in the Dark
The Golden Couple
The Collective
The Stranger Upstairs
Gone Tonight
Too Good to Be True
The Last Word
You Are Not Alone
Rock Paper Scissors
Not a Happy Family
A Flicker in the Dark
The Last Flight
Reckless Girls
The House Across the Lake
The Wife Upstairs
The Last Thing He Told Me
The Maidens
Everything We Didn't Say
Invisible Girl
The Paris Apartment
You're Invited
The Last Party
Dark Places
Pieces of Her
The Wife Between Us
Sharp Objects
None of This Is True
The Silent Patient
The Winter Sister
The Other Woman
Necessary People
The Family Upstairs
The Night Swim
Girl A
The Hunting Wives
Just Another Missing Person
First Born
The Lies I Tell
Breathless