*My thanks to Allen & Unwin for my review copy*
About the book:
In June 2014, Julia White – a beautiful and intelligent young woman – blows up a coffee shop in central London, killing twenty-four people before turning herself in to the police. Apart from publishing a potentially ironic manifesto, she refuses to explain the reasons for her actions…Clare Hardenberg, an investigative journalist, has been commissioned to write a biography of Julia but at the start of the novel she is on her way to prison herself. What has brought her to this point?
I’ve had The Truth About Julia on my TBR for quite some time, and due to reviewer guilt, I’ve finally gotten to pick it up.
This book is a bit of an odd one for me in that it didn’t flow as easily as a lot of the books I’ve read lately so I’m kinda stumped as regards reviewing it. While I did enjoy it to a point,I found it to be a bit lacking in certain departments. With the tag line on Amazon saying a chillingly timely psychological novel, I was expecting to be blown away but I was left wanting.
Told from Clare’s perspective mainly, we get brought on a journey through her investigation into Julia’s character. Interspersed with interviews with those who know Julia best, the reader learns alongside Clare what kind of person Julia is.
I am all for a character study, when done right, but I just found this one dragged far too much for me. The whole novel felt like it was building up to something, which essentially it did, but not in the way I was expecting. In saying t, I flew through it, but I caught myself skim reading on a few occasions!
The Truth About Julia is fine, but for me, it was just that. Fine. It didn’t suit me, but that’s bit to say others wouldn’t enjoy it. Maybe I read it at the wrong time! I would have no problem recommending it, but not as a psychological thriller!
You can decide for yourself, if you want to buy a copy, click the link below:
The Truth About Julia by Anna Schaffner
Let me know if you’ve read it, or would read it, in the comments below! 😊