Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama

The Truth About Her by Jacqueline Maley. (2021).

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The Truth About Her by Jacqueline Maley. (2021).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

Journalist and single mother Suzy gets a phone call one morning and learns that the subject of one of her investigative exposés, 28 year old wellness blogger Tracey, has killed herself. Suzy is horrified but copes in the only way she knows how – through work, mothering, and sleeping with two different men. The consequences of her actions catch up. She starts receiving anonymous vindictive letters and Tracey’s mother Jan contacts her to request she tell Tracey’s story the right way.

This was an interesting novel and a solid debut for the author. I assumed the main storyline would be around the death of Tracey and the fallout from this; while it is about that to a degree, I think the focus is heavier on Suzy’s experiences of single motherhood and the changes in life that she is being forced to go through. I didn’t mind Suzy but I think she made some incredibly unwise choices at times, particularly in relation to sexual relationships (let’s all just agree that sleeping with married bosses is never going to be a good idea). Suzy’s daughter Maddy was adorable and I did really appreciate the depiction of the relationship between them which felt genuine and realistic. I think for me, I would have liked more details about Tracey and her history, especially as Suzy was writing Tracey’s biography with Tracey’s mum Jan.
Overall: I didn’t love this one, but I definitely liked it and I’m sure it will be popular.

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