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None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

When I’m on a beach, I only want to read two kinds of books - the spicy romance kind and the twisty, dark thriller kind. So this week, when I found myself on a beach in Jamaica, I alternated between the two. One of the thriller books of choice was an advanced copy of None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


In the following article, I’m going to answer some of the questions I anticipate future readers will have, as well as offer a list of books like None of This Is True to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

What Is None of This Is True About?

Alix Summer is a popular podcast host, with a beautiful home, a husband, and two young children. From the outside looking in, she has it all and yet she’s feeling a bit desperate for a new challenge. That’s when her unassuming neighbor, Josie Fair, enters the picture with a proposition - make her the subject of her next podcast. What starts out as an innocent new project though, quickly descends into something darker. Next thing Alix knows, Josie is living in her house, wearing her clothes, stealing her things, and even worse, telling her secrets that have Alix questioning if Josie is really the victim she claims to be.


Is None of This Is True Scary?

No - the book None of This Is True is not scary. It’s a bit creepy and unnerving at times but it is not sleep-with-the-light-on scary, in my opinion.


How Long Does It Take to Read None of This Is True?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 6 hours and 22 minutes to read None of This Is True.


Who Are the Main Characters in None of This Is True?

There are two main characters in None of This Is True and then quite a few secondary characters of note, including:

  • Alix Summer - Podcast host

  • Josie Fair - Podcast interviewee

  • Walter Fair - Josie’s husband

  • Erin Fair - Josie’s daughter

  • Roxy Fair - Josie’s daughter

  • Nathan Summer - Alix’s husband

  • Pat O’Neill - Josie’s mother

  • Brooke Ripley - Roxy’s girlfriend


What Is the Age Difference Between Alix and Walter?

There is a 27-year age difference between Alix and Walter Fair in None of This Is True. They met when Alex was 15 and Walter was 42. They were then married three years later.


Where Does None of This Is True Take Place?

The book None of This Is True takes place in London, England.


What Disorders Do Erin and Roxy Fair Have?

The troubles alluded to in None of This Is True with Josie’s daughters, Erin and Roxy, are a result of the disorders they each have. Early on, it is confirmed that Roxy Fair has Oppositional Defiant Disorder, while later on Erin Fair finds out she has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Who Dies in None of This Is True?

Three people die in the book None of This Is True, including Walter Fair, Nathan Summer, and Brooke Ripley.


Who Is the Killer in None of This Is True?

The killer in None of This Is True is Josie Fair. She murders Brooke Ripley because she blames her for stealing Roxy away. She then murders Walter Fair after getting into an argument where she claimed he’d “embarrassed” her at the dinner with Alix. Finally, after failing to prove Nathan Summer is a cheater and kidnapping him, Josie murders him when she can no longer restrain him.


How Does the Book None of This Is True End?

After leaving Alix Summer’s home, Josie enlists the help of an actress, Katelyn Rand, to help catch Nathan Summer cheating. Instead, she assumes her daughter's identity, captures Nathan, and eventually murders him (supposedly she hadn’t planned to). During the investigation, police find Josie’s husband Walter dead in their apartment, along with her daughter, Erin Fair, barely alive. They also find the corpse of Brooke Ripley, Roxy’s girlfriend, decomposing in the trunk of the car in the family’s garage. Josie’s two daughters and mother all confirm Josie is to blame for all three deaths.


5 Books Like None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

Are you looking for another book like None of This Is True? If so, here are my top five recommendations for similar thriller books.


The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead

1. The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead

Arguably the most similar book to None of This Is True on this list is The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead as both books are about someone with a dark past who invites a podcast host into their lives and their secrets. In other ways, this book is quite different, so I don't think you'll run the risk of feeling like it's just a repeat. Here's the description: "While in college, Shay Evans and her best friends met a captivating man who seduced them with a web of lies. By senior year, they had managed to escape. Now, eight years later, Laurel has turned up dead and Shay suspects that the predators from her past may be to blame. Recruiting the help of the host of her favorite true crime podcast, Shay goes back to the place she vowed never to return to in search of answers. As she follows the threads of her friend's life, she's pulled into a dark, seductive world. One built for men to rule it. In a world like that, is justice even possible? If so, how far will Shay go to get it?"


Not So Perfect Strangers by L.S. Stratton

2. Not So Perfect Strangers by L.S. Stratton

Another domestic thriller like None of This Is True is Not So Perfect Strangers by L.S. Stratton, as both books are about two women in less-than-ideal marriages. Here's what it's about: "Tasha Jenkins has finally found the courage to leave her abusive husband. But escaping isn’t so easy, and Tasha soon finds herself driving back to her own personal hell. As she is leaving, a white woman pounds on her car window, begging to be let in. Behind the woman, an angry man is in pursuit. Tasha makes a split-second decision that will alter the course of her she lets her in and takes off. Tasha and Madison Gingell may have very different everyday realities, but what they have in common is marriages they need out of. The two women want to help each other, but they have very different ideas of what that means..."


All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

3. All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

Both None of This Is True and Stacy Willingham's book, All the Dangerous Things, center around a podcast host and their subject. Here's what it's about: "One year ago, Isabelle Drake's son, Mason, was taken out of his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to her - literally. She hasn't slept in over a year. In hopes of uncovering a new witness or buried clue, she agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcaster - but his interest in Isabelle's past makes her nervous. His incessant questioning paired with her severe insomnia leads Isabelle to doubt her recollection of the night of Mason’s disappearance, as well as second-guess who she can trust..."


Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

4. Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Like Josie in None of This Is True, the main character in Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier has a long, dark, and complicated past full of secrets. In both books, the whole time, you're trying to get a sense of who these people really are but can't until the very end. Here's a description of it: "When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom - covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her - she knows she'll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it's not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention, it's only a matter of time before someone from her long-hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she's worked so hard to build. Left with no other choice, Paris must finally confront her dark past because the only thing worse than a murder charge is two murder charges."


The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

5. The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

Here's why I think the books None of This Is True and The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan are similar: they both are perfect examples of the risk of letting a stranger into your home. A stranger who inserts themselves in your everyday life and plants the seeds of doubt. Here's the description: "When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Now, 30 years later, Jo has returned home to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew. Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…"

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