I’ve got a kitty in my arms as I write this post (typing with one hand… sorry for any typos!). It was quite lovely out earlier so I got out and did a few things, then went for a medium walk before heading home to get ready for the new work week. But now the forecasted rain/snow has begun, and it may be time to start wearing boots.I finished reading Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry last week, but I think I’ll wait until after our book club meeting to tell you about it. I also finished the latest book by Lisa Jewell, None of This is True, and it was a real page-turner. This book focuses on Alix and Josie, two women who meet at a pub on the night of their 45th birthdays. Realizing that they are birthday twins creates the beginnings of a bond that grows stronger and stronger throughout the novel. Alix is a podcaster whose series about strong women has reached its end. When Josie approaches her with a new idea, a podcast not about women who have succeeded but one about a woman on the verge of leaving her old life behind in search of something new, she is intrigued and they begin recording sessions. What emerges is a story of grooming and pedophilia, of decades of abuse and denial. But what, if any, of this is true? And why would Josie be telling Alix these stories? What could her end game be? As much as I'd love to discuss it in more depth, I don't want to spoil it by revealing too many details. Jewell’s novels usually have a darker underside, and the stories are often not what they seem, but this one is by far her darkest novel yet. Who and what can we believe in a novel with a title like this? Is the author forewarning us that none of this is, in fact, true, or are we expected to determine which parts are true and which are not? And are there really only cut-and-dried truths or are there shades of truth? Does everyone have their own truth, even if they experience the same event as others around them? If you enjoy domestic thrillers, then this could be a great choice for you. The story’s bleakness is especially suited to the shorter, darker days of November, although it takes place mostly during a hot London summer. I always enjoy Jewell’s books, and this one did not disappoint. That’s all for tonight. Time to curl up with another good book for yet another book club meeting! Take care and stay dry!
Bye for now... Julie