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A Version of the Truth

Narrated by: Christy Meyer, Emma Noakes
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

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 25 years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?

©2019 B P Walter (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Devilishly well-plotted, crisply written - and a hell of a lot of fun. What a smashing debut!" (A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window)

"Beguiling, surprising and sometimes shocking. Cleverly crafted with characters who stay with you. Highly-polished debut." (Jane Corry, author of The Dead Ex

"Walter's debut is an assured piece of world-building, with characters both flawed and real, and a crescendo that sweeps you up then crashes you down. Unpredictable, clever & subtly twisted. Loved it." (Helen Fields, author of Perfect Silence

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Totally gripping!

I was absolutely addicted to this story, every possible moment was spent listening to it. It grabbed me in the prologue. The dual narrative gives you two perspectives of the same story, set in two different timelines. I was totally championing for Holly to get the truth she deserved. Very well written and structured.

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Sexist, poorly plotted and mind numbingly slow...

After a vaguely intriguing start the novel slides into autopilot and never recovers. The sex scenes are toe curling, the characters thinly veiled stereotypes and the plot practically non existent. I was a third of the way through and the wildly ineffectual lead was still whingeing about her husband’s bloody misplaced computer files. What’s thrilling about that?!

As for the descriptions of the working class family, I can only assume the writer has never met anyone of that particular class but has watched an episode of ‘Benidorm’ for research purposes.

Perhaps most worryingly of all is that a novel like this can still get published in the post MeToo era. Every single sex scene read like the incoherent ramblings of a sweaty, white, middle aged man, middle class man.