The Truth About Julia by Anna Schaffner

*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?

My thoughts:

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! 😊

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