The Truth About Lies is not your run of the mill psychological thriller. It is an intriguing read about Jess, who has hyperthymesia – “a condition where people are able to remember an abnormally large number of their life experiences in vivid detail”.
Hanna, Jess’s roommate dies in an apparent suicide after falling from their window. Shortly afterwards, Jess starts to receive strange notes and believes that someone is following her around. She begins to question this and also her past. Can she trust her memories?
This is an enthralling and suspenseful story filled with all sorts of secrets and lies. Jess is an interesting and singularly unique character, who is tormented by her past. We only glimpse a little of the trauma she suffered when she was part of the research programme but the effects are clearly visible in her voice and actions. Jess’s identity is hidden in the beginning so we don’t really know who she is. Later when Jess meets Dan, a new student, she tries to keep her distance but they become friends and she opens up about her past.
Without giving too much away, this is an enjoyable read filled with mystery and just when you think you know what’s going to happen, there is a twist that keeps you guessing right up to the end.