True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies

True Things About Me

Deborah Kay Davies

A novel of survival, revealing both the strength and vulnerability of a woman drawn into a sexually charged, highly volatile and self-destructive relationship with a sadistic ex-con. Written in short, sharp sentences with vivid descriptions, the prose is brutal and paradoxically comical, as Meg swings between distress and arousal. Whilst I was repelled by the uncomfortable imagery, I couldn’t help but feel pity for her unfortunate obsession.


I sat up and hiccupped. Why doesn’t he love me though? I asked her. Why? Why? It felt comforting to indulge in repetition. I sounded like someone in a play. Why? She shook her head slowly and shrugged, miming one of those haven’t-got-a-clue faces, which was surprisingly annoying. Perhaps he does, I suddenly thought. Perhaps he does, and he can’t show it. Perhaps he needs me to help him. She looked sceptical. And also maybe you should get lost? I said. Honestly, what do you know about anything? You miserable, insincere cow! In a flash it occurred to me. Maybe he’d been trying to tell me something. Perhaps he wanted us to move in together, something huge like that, and he found it difficult. That’s why he’d been a little touchy. It made sense. I reluctantly glanced in the mirror. My reflection had her hands over her ears and her mouth open.

  • Brass by Helen Walsh
  • The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway
  • Shawnie by Ed Trewavas

Books with similar mood

The Scornful Moon

Maurice Gee

The Machine

James Smythe

The Drowning

Camilla Lackberg


Jeff VanderMeer

The Republic of Trees

Sam Taylor

State of Siege

Juan Goytisolo

The Ghost Writer

John Harwood

House of Leaves

Mark Z Danielewski

Children of the Cave

Virve Sammalkorpi

The Taker

Alma Katsu

The Clay Dreaming

Ed Hillyer

My Lover's Lover

Maggie O'Farrell

The Good Son

You-jeong Jeong


Jonathan Lyon

See What I Have Done

Sarah Schmidt


Keith Ridgway

Oryx and Crake

Margaret Atwood

The Accomplice

Kathryn Heyman

Come Closer

Sara Gran


J M Morris

Queer Fear

Michael Rowe (editor)

The Bone Keeper

Luca Veste


Sofi Oksanen


Hasan Ali Toptas

Kiss Me First

Lottie Moggach


Howard Jacobson

The Ritual

Adam Nevill

Cold Skin

Albert Sanchez Pinol

Border State

Tonu Onnepalu

Follow Me to Ground

Sue Rainsford


G X Todd

The Transmigration of Bodies

Yuri Herrera

Hello and Goodbye

Patrick McCabe

The Boy Who Could See Demons

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan

Gargling with Tar

Jachym Topol

I Haven't Dreamed of Flying for a While

Taichi Yamada


Niall Griffiths


Ferdinand Mount

The Cranes That Build the Cranes

Jeremy Dyson


Alan Trotter


Sebastian Fitzek


James Meek

The Known World

Edward Jones

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis

The Valparaiso Voyage

Dermot Bolger


Ian Duhig

The Wall

John Lanchester