None of This Is True

Atria. Aug. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781982179007. $28. SUSPENSE
The latest from contemporary thriller writer Jewell (The Family Remains) is full of the signature twists and turns that continue to grow her fanbase. British podcaster Alix Summers meets mousy Josie Fair while they are both out celebrating their 45th birthdays at a local pub. When they meet again, Josie convinces Alix that she’s a worthy podcast subject. Though Alix believes it will be a run-of-the-mill episode on the differences between two lives that started at the same time and same place (they were even born at the same hospital), the story takes a dark turn when Josie starts sharing disturbing family secrets. Soon Josie has insinuated herself into Alix’s life; then Josie disappears. The narrative is interspersed with transcripts from Alix’s interviews with Josie’s neighbors, friends, and family members, revealing so many versions of events that readers will have some trouble deciding where the truth lies.
VERDICT Jewell’s many fans will be clamoring for her latest thriller. The twists and turns in this one will not disappoint.
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