Firstly, I’d like to extend a really big thanks to Avon Books and BP Walter for including me on this – my very first – blog tour. I hope I can do the book the justice it deserves in my review.
Let me tell you what’s written on the back of the book.
We all see what we want to see…
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 make her question everything about her marriage and what type of man her husband is or is pretending to be.
1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game.
A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over twenty-five years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?
Once I closed this book on the last page I realised that even if I hadn’t been sent this book, it’s one I probably wouldn’t have been able to leave the shop without once I’d read the blurb on the back!
This book is told over dual timelines, as mentioned above. Sometimes, I find it quite hard to keep track when a book moves between timelines but that was not the case with A Version of the Truth. The story flowed seamlessly and the plot was so well-thought-out and planned to perfection.
I do think some people may find it a really tough read – after all the subject matter is not an easy one. Based on that alone, I’d say this book won’t be for everyone. It’s quite harrowing and heart-rending in parts but so well written. I kept turning those pages because I found myself so deeply caught up in the lives of these people that I needed to find out what became of them all – both as a group and as individuals.
I really grew to love one or two of the characters and I had moments of guilt for feeling that way because of the subject matter. I found them all really intriguing in their own way. They each had their own little quirks and some of the relationships, and the inner workings of those relationships, within the group really sucked me in.
It is a book that lured me in from page one. When you read it, you’ll see why. It engaged me from beginning to end and there was more than one late night (early morning?!?) involved!
You know what they say – there are really three sides to every story. This book is a perfect example of that.
Happy Reading xoxo
A Version of the Truth – Published by Avon Books on 07/02/2019.