All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood – Blog Tour Review

About The Book

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?

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. I know from reading Imran Mahmood’s work that I’m going to get a clever and different from the usual type of crime fiction. If anything, this novel is even more complex than the previous book that I read  I Know What I Saw. He is better than many authors at the ‘unreliable narrator’ and in this novel that narrator is Layla. It is a long time since I read a novel where I really didn’t know whether she could be relied on.

There are only a handful of characters, none of whom you really see apart from through Layla’s eyes. Because of the way she was I couldn’t work out anything about them, even if they existed. All I can say, just after finishing it was that I had a lot of sympathy for Layla’s lawyer, Peter, and the two police officers who were trying to prove that she was a murderer.

As well as being unreliable I also found her a little unlikeable. Even towards the end, when I started to see what was really happening there was something I wasn’t keen on. A touch brittle, infuriating and obsessive we’re just a few words I could use to describe her. But possibly, like the other characters I just misunderstood her. 

I would read this book again, just to see if I feel differently about her and I would definitely watch if it was made into a TV drama.

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