TRUE STORY By Kate Reed Petty


After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they’ll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what truly happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick – a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by – will never forget.

That’s just the beginning of this extraordinary journey into memory, fear and self portrayal. Through university applications, a terrifying abusive relationship, a fateful reckoning with addiction and a final mind-bending twist, Alice and Nick will take on different roles to each other – some real, some invented – until finally, brought face to face once again, the secret of that night is revealed.


This is a difficult book in some ways to give a review on as I have sort of mixed feelings about it. Given four different covers as it doesn’t fit into one genre alone. The topics dealt with in this novel are at times difficult, ranging from sexual abuse, addiction, controlling men, murder.

Told through the eyes of two main characters although others are interspersed. Alice a young girl who got drunk at a party and has no memory of what happened that night, was she raped? Was she abused in any way? Then Nick, a young Lacrosse player who was at the party that night, but only on the sidelines drunk, he struggles with this, all he had wanted that night was to get off with Haley. The problem was that the guys liked to brag about things, so when the nights events are discussed things may have been exaggerated, but then you do go on to wonder.

I will say this is cleverly written, but for me there was a lot of repetition. For example the number of times Alice’s university statement was written, I know it had changes. The there were scripts thrown in which I just didn’t get the point of half the time. The story goes from when the protagonists were still testing waters, not yet adults but no longer children. We then saw them at intervals as their lives had moved on, Nick becoming an alcoholic, Alice struggling with life after believing she had been abused, meeting and falling for another man who abuses her in a different way.

I think having been in abusive relationships this was a bit of a trigger read for me. There maybe many readers who will love this one. Maybe younger readers may also relate with this a little more, and I hope that any that do read it will think about the subject matters covered. It’s a fairly quick read. I read it in around 5 hours. Certainly something different.

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Riverrun for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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