A Version of the Truth
‘A cleverly plotted, tense and addictive read; once you pick it up you won’t be able to put the book down.’ Amazon Reviewer
‘I loved this book. You will not be disappointed.’ Amazon Reviewer
2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare and...more
I suppose I was expecting this to be more of a psychological thriller, but it definitely wasn’t that. What I did find was a novel full of hypocritical, elitist characters who represent the most vile and narcissistic excuses for mankind that it’s possible to come across.
Julianne is preparing dinner when her son Stephen tells her that he’s found something really bad on the home computer among his dad’s files. What follows, when Julianne sees exactly what Stephen has discovered, is ...more
1990: Holly was a fresher student at Oxford University. She falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to have feelings for one of them. But as the year progresses, her friends behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting ...more
It needs to be said that the book covers gang rape, gay sex and other subjects and yes whilst these things are covered they are relevant to the story and not just ‘thrown in’ for shock value.
The book reminded me, in parts, of a data age ‘Hostel’ ( if you remember those films ) and the whole book ( above subjects included ) is dark and chilling
The story revolves around characters who met at Uni, some ...more
Perhaps it is due to the unlikable nature of every one of the characters that inhabited this narrative, fraught with drama and yet of little intrigue. There wasn't one individual the reader could root for, which does not usually bother me and yet here it served to distance me from the text. The characters repeatedly make unforgivable ...more
I will be very honest in saying that this book was not for me. I could not finish this book. There were matters involving, rape, racism and strong sexual violence that I just could not handle.
The story is told in 2 storylines - that of Julianne in 2019 who is getting ready for Christmas when her son shows her ...more
This is a dark, twisted and addictive read from B.P. Walter. Set in the present day and focusing on Julianne, whose son has found something awful on their family ipad, the story also takes us back to 1990, when student Holly heads off for the first time to university at Oxford.What follows is shocking, horrifying and absorbing, and I found myself not wanting to put this book down, despite the disturbing subject matter and themes (which I won't give away here ...more
A Version Of The Truth will not be quite what you expect it to be seems the likely outcome. So it's quite difficult to review without spoilers.
I can say that I started this book yesterday evening then stayed up until 2am to finish it - it grips you in unexpected ways and for unexpected reasons. I do believe this may end up being a marmite book. Ultimately I decided it was clever. Its certainly fairly graphic and endlessly fascinating.
I can't say I liked any of the characters at all even ...more
Content Warnings: rape, sexual assault, coercion, homophobia.
Although this book was excellently written, I can't give it more than three and a half stars. It's a difficult book, it took me ten days to read because I had to keep putting it down, it's a generally triggering book that left me feeling very uneasy. It's dark and it's serious and it's disconcerting and it's scary.
Told in past and present POVs from Holly, a sheltered freshman student at Oxford, and Julianne, the wife of James, also of Oxford.
A traumatic assault Holly suffered as a young woman will have devastating repercussions for everyone involved in the future.
Let me be blunt; there are no nice people here, not even vaguely ...more
When I heard that this book is in the vein of Anatomy of A Scandal, no matter how much nostalgia I get when thinking of that novel, I was completely determined to read A Version of The Truth.
However, I was SO astounded by the vicious scenes - featuring heartless characters - that were used to portray sexual abuse in this book.
There were also so many other highlights in this read, such as:
* A voyeurism ...more
A Version of the Truth hits a bit too close to home for me; however, I muddled through triumphantly. It’s a good read for those with a strong heart and no skeletons hanging in the closet waiting to say “hello” reminding you of a past you wish would stay buried. A Version of the Truth keeps you tuned in, stringing you along, twisting you in ways you didn’t think you could be twisted. Even though the books main ...more
The parallel timelines tangle dangerously inevitably leading toward a predictably tragic climax that blows up your entire emotion system.
Big thanks to Avon Books for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
2 timelines with Holly as the narrator in 1990 and Julianne in 2019, the book started with Julianne's son finding files in the family drop box which shattered their lives. Holly's story had its own gruesome reality where a crush led to obsession which led to rape.
BP Walter writing came with a bold stroke with graphic details of all the ...more
This novel starts off deceptively gently but then think of all the cliches - 'gripping', 'couldn't put it down', had me holding my breath' - every single one of them applied to me when reading this!
Character driven, tense and skillfully woven over two time lines this is a brilliant read. If you are squeamish about it containing a fairly graphic (but not gratuitous or erotic) sex scene then this one isn't for you, it IS ...more
But seriously, the premise of this book is brilliant and I was very interested at the beginning. The reviews said it's dark and weird and twisted and creepy and shocking and let me tell you I love those things.
Unfortunately the book fell very flat.
Underdevelopped characters. Weak and stupid people everywhere. I don't mind the fact that they're all ...more
Be warned this book is very graphic in places and OMG so very dark.
The story spans twenty-five years and dips in two time periods, past and present.
Something is brought to light and a group of old friends are forced are now forced to answer some very uncomfortable questions. As a group these characters are far from likeable. I can't give too much away but I will say what does ...more
In the beginning, I was unsure between 4 or 5 stars.
By the time I finished the review, I am settling on 4.
I don't understand the cover. I am definitely 'missing' the interpretation of it...
It is difficult to read the book and hence it is difficult to review. At the same time, it is a heck of a page-turner! I finished reading it in a couple of hours and literally stayed awake past midnight to finish it.
If you need a fast-paced, ...more
I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This book follows two connected timelines - the modern day Julianne, who is married to James; and the 90's Holly, who has a major crush on James when they both attend Oxford.
I was worried, coming into this book, after reading some reviews about the trigger warnings, that it wouldn't be for me; but I actually thought ...more
I really didn’t like the characters in this story. It’s rare I find a book that I didn’t click with any of the characters.
This is one of those books that won’t be for everyone. Personally I love taboo reads so I enjoyed this story. The author knows how to push the readers. Take them out of their comfort ...more
This book seemed very familiar to me and I should mention it could contain triggers for some people to be wary of....
I really liked the two characters I’ve mentioned but all the others were pretty despicable really!
A well written psychological thriller.
I was quite intrigued by the opening of this one but things quickly went downhill from that awful cliché hated by bookworms everywhere: “I let out a breath I only now realised I’ve been holding”. Later on, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was incorrectly referenced as being written by Emily Brontë. I know this is nit-picking but the fact that little ...more
Thanks goes to net galley and the publishers for providing me ...more