The Ugly Truth by L C North

4 Stars from me

One moment I was thinking it might take me a while to get into the style of the chapters in this book and the next I couldn’t put the damn thing down.

I was very happy to be stuck on a train for a couple of hours this week as it meant that I had uninterrupted reading time and could race through the pages.

For what it’s worth, I was #SaveMelanie

The story – delivered via a mix of tweets, narration and ghost writing sessions – around the life of ‘Mellie’ felt reminiscent of the IT girls of the 1980s. Yet alongside the partying, lifestyle on the bank of daddy, and the pretty face was a sharp mind and determined business woman.

It all sounds fabulous, but Melanie Lange was persecuted both by the media and by her mental health.

The question throughout this cleverly constructed novel was whether or not she needed saving from her father, or whether he needed saving from her.

Overall, it was gripping and I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh take on the format.

Blurb: Melanie Lange has disappeared.

Her father, Sir Peter Lange, says she is a danger to herself and has been admitted to a private mental health clinic.

Her ex-husband, Finn, and best friend, Nell, say she has been kidnapped.

The media will say whichever gets them the most views.

But whose side are you on?


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