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04 February 2019

Book Review: A Version of the Truth by B P Walter *AD Gifted

Avon Books sent me a free review copy of A Version of the Truth by B P Walter.

This book was actually really difficult to review. A Version of the Truth by B P Walter is a difficult book to read because of the content, but I do believe it's quite an important story, and very timely.

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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? 

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Source: Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, corruption, power, lies, privilege.


Content warning: rape, sexual assault, abuse, coercion, homophobia, racism.

Well, this is a difficult one. On the one hand it was excellently written and I'll definitely read more from the author, on the other it's dark AF and hard to read because of the content.

The narrative very slowly dropped hints, almost drip feeding the true horror and extent of what happens. This was a little frustrating at times but it really built up the atmosphere and the sense of foreboding.

I loved the dual narrative and they way it switched from past to present. The two voices, Julianne and Holly, were so very different, as were the characters themselves. I liked how the story explores how we can even hide the truth from ourselves, lie to ourselves about what we see and experience.

But then there was the contents of the story itself, and it made for an incredibly dark read. I had to put it down often, step away, even read something completely different for a while. Take a look at those content warnings and know that it's often very graphically described. It almost felt voyeuristic at times, which I didn't like, but I think some of this was down to Holly watching people so much.

Overall I think this is a profoundly important and timely book, but one that is definitely not for everyone and should come with a content warning. And I felt that the ending could have had more of a resolution and the repercussions of what was done. It's dark and it's serious and it's disconcerting and it's scary.

15 comments:

  1. This sounds like a deep read and I would probably stay away because of the themes. Great review!

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  2. This is a great review! I love that you have considered both points of view regarding this book.

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  3. Just off the summary it sounds super dark. Like you can already see where it is going. Thanks for the trigger warnings! Great review.

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  4. Dark, serious and scary. 3 words to instantly make me wanna pick up a book!

    I'm definitely going to get myself a copy of this when I can. Sounds right up my street.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  5. It really does sound like a book that is quite dark, but it does sound like it deals with topics that are important to talk about. Loved your review!

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  6. This sounds like a heavy going story with dark and difficult topics, I'm also feeling kinda curious to read it now. I would have never guessed what the book was about by looking at the cover, so thanks for sharing your review Cora and for the content warnings too! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  7. wow this boots looks amazing! i need to read this thanks for sharing

    jadieegosh

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  8. Sounds like a dark book, but it sort of intrigues me! I love a good thriller /crime book, but I am guessing from your review it is a bit deeper than this. I may have to give it a go. Thanks for the warning on the graphic content.
    Great review!

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

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  9. definitely an iunteresting concepot for a book tho not something id be likely to read :) glad u enjoyed it and great review too!!

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  10. Never heard of this book or author before. Lovely review, Cora!😊

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogspot.com

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  11. Interesting concept! Love your thoughts :)

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  12. I have read a book with a similar genre before and I really enjoyed it, so maybe I would loke this one. Lovely review!
    (Sorry if the comment posts twice)
    - Jackie from Bookish Coffee Blog

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  13. You had me at those 5 words. I have added this in my TBR.

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  14. It really does sound like an extremely dark but powerful read. Thanks for the content warnings and great review. I'll have to think about picking this one up in the future, when I am in the right mindset for something so involved.

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