The Truth about Her
‘Electrifying, deeply unsettling and so, so satisfying’ Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss
‘I raced through this compelling tale about shame, single motherhood, and the lies we tell ourselves and other people’ Daily Mail
How can you write other people’s stories, when you won’t admit the truth of your own?
Journalist and single mother Suzy Hamilton gets a shocking phone call one morning: the subject of one of her investigative exposés, 25-year-old wellness blogger Tracey Doran, has killed herself overnight.
Horrified by this news, she copes in the only way she knows how – throwing herself into work, looking after her young daughter and carrying on with two ill-advised affairs.
But no one can make their own story disappear, and soon Suzy’s life is spiralling into chaos: will it end in violence or redemption?
”'Read the first sentence of Jacqueline Maley's debut novel, and you will be in it until the end. Electrifying, deeply unsettling and so, so satisfying. And, if you've ever tried to manage the sharp end of a career with the blunt demands of parenthood, fiercely recognisable” - Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss
”'I raced through this compelling tale about shame, single motherhood, and the lies we tell ourselves and other people” - Daily Mail
”'I loved The Truth About Her. It's an intelligent, compelling, nuanced tale of guilt, culpability, pride, shame and atonement. But most of all, it's a love letter to daughters, from the mothers who raise them. An astoundingly good debut” - Annabel Crabb
'Heartfelt, funny and will resonate with many readers. This tender, witty and beautifully written novel is for fans of Georgia Blain, Charlotte Wood and Ann Patchett' Books+Publishing -
'An intimate world filled with characters I could have lived with a great deal longer… rewarding, enjoyable and utterly addictive addictive' Readings -
'A stunning novel, sharply observed, beautifully written, enthralling' Julia Baird, author of Phosphorescence -
'I loved The Truth About Her. I could not put it down - whip-smart, sexy and with so much heart - and god, that ending packed a punch. The sort of book that all mothers need to read' Eliza Henry-Jones, author of In the Quiet and Ache -