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


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?

Publisher: Avon
Pages: 368
Publication Date: 7th February 2019


A Version of the Truth is definitely different from anything I had read before. There was a lot I liked about this book, but admittedly some parts were depicted way too graphically for my liking.

I am not always a fan of different time lines as I quite often feel it takes away from the actual flow of the book, but it worked extremely well for this novel. Not only did it give the reader the chance to “recover” after some of the chapters, but it also gave such a good and clever insight into James’s life (from his time at university compared to the present day). At times I felt, we were ahead of Julianne’s shocking discoveries and more than once did I feel the need to warn her.

The Version of Truth is probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you enjoy the slightly more twisted and graphic psychological thrillers, then this could definitely be a read for you.


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