True Story by Kate Reed Petty | Book Review

True Story by Kate Reed Petty

True Story by Kate Reed Petty
Publisher: riverrun
Publication Date: August 5th, 2021
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
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Source: Thank you Pansing for the review copy in return for an honest review
Rating: 3


A propulsive, dazzlingly original novel about the fifteen-year fallout from a poisonous high school rumor, exploring how stories from the past can come to define who we are.

A gifted and reclusive ghostwriter, Alice Lovett makes a living helping other people tell their stories. But she is haunted by the one story she cannot tell: the story of, as she puts it, "the things that happened while I was asleep."

Back in 1999, Nick Brothers and his high school lacrosse team return for their senior year in a well-to-do Baltimore suburb as the reigning state champs. The afterglow of their big win is bound to last until graduation; not even the pressure of college applications can get in the way of their fun. But when a private school girl attempts suicide in the wake of one of the team's "legendary" parties, and a rumor begins to circulate that two of Nick's teammates sexually assaulted her, it seems like it might ruin everything--until the team circles the wagons, casts doubt on the story, and the town moves on.

But not everyone does. Fifteen years later, four people--Alice, Nick, a documentary filmmaker, and a wealthy entrepreneur--remain haunted by the roles they played, the things they still don't understand, and how the story has shaped their lives. In sections told from different points of view, each more propulsive than the last, the layers of mystery are gradually peeled back as we barrel toward the truth of what really happened that night . . . and what came after. At once a compulsive page-turner and a thought-provoking exploration of issues both timely and timeless, True Story marks the debut of a phenomenal new voice in fiction.


I have no idea how should I write my review. I didn't hate this book nor love it. It simply felt static without any feeling with it. I wish I can love it since mystery/thriller is really one of the genres I am so looking out for. I mean I love the writing concept. It was a breeze to read with how the format is written especially I enjoy reading the script and the diary.

I am excited to read this book as I am intrigued by the blurb itself. Somehow throughout the story, I fell out a few times that I stop for a bit and continue again. In simple words, I got confused also I think one of the reasons is that I couldn't engage with the characters and even the story much. I keep on forgetting what, who and how. So, yeah. I did enjoy some parts of the story and I got the sense of thrilled in it. The ending was something I'm not expected but it is cool. Do pick the book up if it is up with your alley because who knows you might like it more than I do. Overall, it was a good read but I'm not enjoy it much.