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None of This Is True

By: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton,Ayesha Antoine,Louise Brealey,Alix Dunmore,Elliot Fitzpatrick,Lisa Jewell,Thomas Judd,Dominic Thorburn,Nicola Walker,Jenny Walser
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Publisher's summary

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), 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 Summer 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.

Who is Josie Fair? And what has she done?
©2023 Lisa Jewell (P)2023 Simon & Schuster Audio

Editorial Review

Hard to believe that None of This is True!
The eerie music and prologue of None of This Is True hooked me from the very beginning, and I knew it was going to be a must-listen. The audiobook features a podcast within the novel, which adds an extra layer of depth to the story. The plot follows Alix, a podcaster who, after an encounter with her “birthday twin,” pursues a podcast idea she cannot resist, and Josie, an unassuming woman with a chaotic life story who’s on the cusp of great changes in her life—or is she really as unassuming as she seems? The impressive cast of performers, led by Nicola Walker (of MI-5 fame) and Louise Brealey (of Sherlock fame), had me making sure that all the headphones I own were charged, because there was no way I was missing a minute of it. And now that I’m done listening, I’m just eager to tell everyone about it, while looking for a reason to listen to it again. —Patty R., Audible Editor

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Victim shaming a teen girl?

I loved Lisa Jewell and this book until the themes of victim blaming started and only got stronger as it went on. Anyone under the age of 18 is not able to seduce an adult. This book could have really been an opportunity to explore grooming, trauma, and sexual abuse. Instead, it painted the abuser as a victim.

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Weird and sad and also frustrating

I was frustrated. This was a well written piece. The audiobook was sometimes cheesy (that said if you need something for a long road trip…) but idk I think it was the last 2 hours that just brought this from a 4 to a 3. I honestly think the author needs to have a little more empathy and maybe should’ve faked the psychologists/gotten some insight into the character before publishing. Honestly a little horrifying how she managed to Lolita a victim and felt ok not digging deeper into nuanced victimhood and family violence/trauma. Just simplified trash for pool side readers to get to read drama? Bleh,

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Very mixed feelings

Lisa Jewel is one of my favorite authors. Hers are not the typical thrillers as she is able to develop interesting characters and tell unique stories far beyond the typical who did it and psycho killer tropes. This book is no exception. This is a very unique story told very cleverly through different perspectives and, in part, through an in-story podcast format.

My mixed feelings stem from 2, not at all insignificant places (spoilers ahead…).

First, the ending is very unsatisfying in that there is a lack of resolution - like a movie setting up for a sequel.

Second, I struggle with the portrayal of the actions and motives of the antagonist - blaming a teen girl for stealing her mother’s cheating, already-married 40-something boyfriend? This man who abandons his first family/children for the teenage daughter of his girlfriend is portrayed as simply flawed but an excellent father? Certainly she must be held accountable for her awful actions as an adult but to paint her as a simple villain is troubling.

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Just gratuitous disturbing behavior, flimsy story

The plot rested on grossing out the reader with outlandish gruesomeness. The twists and turns are just to disgust you so you’ll keep listening. Not actually an interesting story. Nothing new here. The narration was very good, but i wouldn’t recommend this story to anyone.

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Dark Depressing Creepy. I’d Pass

I will say Lisa Jewell is a good writer. So this review is not about the writing. I hated the story. It was depressing and dark and creepy, and not in a good murder mystery sort of way. So many times I wanted to stop listening and return it. But after a couple of returns on disappointing books, I forced myself to just try.
It’s one of those books you don’t feel great reading/listening, you almost hate yourself for continuing, but at the same time, there was some interest in the story to trudge along and give it a chance.
All in all, though, if I could do it all over again, I would not read/listen to this book.

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Best Book Yet!!

I have listened to several Lisa Jewell books and enjoyed them all, but this one is so unbelievably good! To think I almost returned it, because it said it was a full cast with music. I generally don’t like books like that, but this book is done extremely well. I highly highly recommend.

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Absolutely spectacular!

I’ve really enjoyed Lisa Jewell’s crime books in the past, but None of This is True is so far beyond what she’s done previously. Easily the best crime novel I’ve read this year and one of the best ever. As an audiobook production, it is spectacular. I decided to listen to it as Louise Brealey is a fantastic narrator. I adored her as sweet, lovable Molly in Sherlock, but she is so completely evil as Josie. Or is she? The addition of music and the full cast enacting interviews just puts this over the top as a brilliant audio production. So highly recommended!

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OH MY GOSH!!! Just W🤩W

I have listened to well over 100 audiobooks and love psychological thrillers!! This was AMAZING…and I feel like listening to this one has got to be better than reading it!! The cast of voices, podcasts, interviews, music…it was like watching a show on tv! Fabulous story that kept me guessing and wondering -if indeed…None of this is True!!!

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Great Book Up Until The Ending

𝙉𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙄𝙨 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙚 𝙗𝙮 𝙇𝙞𝙨𝙖 𝙅𝙚𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡
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🎧10 hrs 13 mins

✨ 𝙈𝙮 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬:
Wow! The last chapter of this book really makes you think 🤔. I honestly don’t know what I think at this point. I listened to this on audible and I’m glad I did because of the Netflix/Podcast aspects of the story. I listened to this whole book all day until it was done. There were a lot of twists and turns and lies that keep you guessing who’s telling the truth. The ending of the book was a bit of a let down though. The whole story builds up and then by the end it seemed like Lisa didn’t know which direction she wanted to end the book with. Overall, though I enjoyed it.

🏠 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙄𝙛 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚:
-Podcast Type Settings
-Mystery
-True Crime
-Who’d Done It
-Mind Blown Ending
-Twists & Turns

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Left unfinished

I’m a huge Lisa Jewel fan and I pre-order all of her books. This one kept me interested throughout and I finished it in one day. The ending was dissatisfying though and left unanswered questions. I can only assume this means there’s going to be a sequel. I’ll be looking for it for sure!

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