Blog Tour Review: The Ugly Truth, L.C. North

Title: The Ugly Truth
Author: L.C. North
Publishes: March 16th, 2023
Publisher: Bantam Press

About the Book

Everyone’s telling a different story. Who do you believe?
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?


Told exclusively through interviews, transcripts and diary entries, The Ugly Truth is a gripping, original and smart thriller. It explores the influence of the press and social media on public opinion and in private lives; from conservatorship to the lack of mental health support for reality TV stars, the news cycle is full of stories about the often tragic consequences of media attention. L.C. North cleverly weaves these themes into a tense and compulsive thriller, perfect for book clubs. This thought-provoking and conversation-starting novel reminds us of the people behind the headlines, and how difficult it can be to separate fact from fiction.

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About the Author

L.C. North studied psychology at university before pursuing a career in Public Relations. Her first book club thriller – The Ugly Truth – combines her love of psychology and her fascination with the celebrities in the public eye. L.C. North is currently working on her second novel, and when she’s not writing, she co-hosts the crime thriller podcast, In Suspense. L.C. North lives on the Suffolk borders with her family. L.C. North is the pen name of Lauren North.

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My Thoughts

Dramatic headlines garner readers. What’s more dramatic than Melanie disappearing for months? She would never leave her boys behind. Everyone has an opinion, and they joyfully make that opinion known. Told in alternating viewpoints, through varying storytelling styles of a Netflix documentary, Twitter posts, and interviews, this unique story tells the story of the cost of being a celebrity.

Melanie is one of the truly good people in the public eye. But unfortunately, the media doesn’t sell good people, they sell hot messes. So they go out of their way to stalk and harass Melanie to get the perfect pic, and if they don’t get the perfect pic, they edit existing ones to make them more desirable. North covered so many angles to this story; it’s really a startling read. The suspense was so stressful that the last 30% of the book had me racing through it, unable to stand the not knowing any longer. The Ugly Truth is a unique, fantastic look at fame, the paparazzi, mob mentality, and computer warriors bullying from behind a screen. So very well done!


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