A hard hitting book with a gritty look at the sexual perversions in a fictional version written to understate the truth and bring the realities to the forefront.
2 timelines with Holly as the narrator in 1990 and Julianne in 2019, the book started with Julianne’s son finding files in the family dropbox which shattered their lives. Holly’s story had its own gruesome reality where a crush led to obsession which led to rape.
BP Walter’s writing came with a bold stroke with graphic details of all the acts at the uni. Lives destroyed were well written. The betrayal, the helplessness, the fear all rushed to hold me in their clutches. The characters were all dark or grey, each involved in the sexual crime, some more than others.
The book would be a difficult read with a lot of triggers for sexual abuse and rape. The first quarter meandered and wavered a bit with Julianne hiding from the facts. In the latter half, truths and realities kept hitting me, one after the other. None of the characters were likable, but they all made a strong impact
This book is for the strong hearted to be read on their strong days, after being fully aware of what they were getting into.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Barnaby Walter works as a social media co-ordinator for Waterstones, based at their HQ in Piccadilly. A Version of the Truth is his debut novel.
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?
Publication Date: 7th February 2019
Publisher: Avon Books UK