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All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood

Publication Date: 01/07/22

I didn't kill her. Trust me…

When Amy Blahn died on a London rooftop, Layla Mahoney was there. Layla was holding her. But all she can say when she's arrested is that 'It was Michael. Find Michael and you'll find out everything you need to know.'

The problem is, the police can't find him – they aren't even sure he exists.

Layla knows she only has forty-eight hours to convince the police that bringing in the man she knows only as 'Michael' will clear her name and reveal a dangerous game affecting not just Amy and Layla, but her husband Russell and countless others.

But as the detectives begin to uncover the whole truth about what happened to Amy, Layla will soon have to decide: how much of that truth can she really risk being exposed?

Five Star Review

I adored Imran's brilliant debut "You don't know me" and loved the tv adaptation just as much, so when I saw this book offered on tour I jumped at the opportunity to read it. I wasn't disappointed, in fact I was delighted.

"All I said was true" is a gripping thriller and it makes for compulsive reading. The narrative is beautifully twisty and the plot layered and ingenious. The dual narrative is absorbing and I was thoroughly entranced by Layla's story but unsure as to if I should trust her or not. Her voice in the book is so strong but was she lying to me? Or just not telling the whole truth?

The writing itself is accomplished and the tension and pace of the novel is perfectly pitched. Imran creates such fabulous characters, people that you want to invest your time in because they seem so authentic and real. He did it with his debut and he excels in it here too. I simply couldn't stop reading until I knew what had happened.

I'm not really a fan of police procedurals but this didn't feel anything like that genre. The interview was fascinating and I was immersed in the experience as if I was one of the police officers trying to find the truth.

This is sure to be snapped up for a TV adaptation or film. ( I bet it already has )

A perfect 5 stars from me. Click on the book cover to buy.

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