What is the truth? Is it what you see, what you believe you see or what someone else wants you to see? This book is set in a world of online posturing and fake news. Boyfriend Felix is not all he seems and our protagonist adopts a number of imaginary identities to set about replacing him. Funny and touching, I immediately engaged with the complex humour and was impressed by this debut novel.
After about five drinks – the unlimited beer having been German and low in alcohol content – I finally became my true self. Felix and I talked and talked .... There were stories from childhood and discussions of the news of the day. Finally, closing in on midnight, when we were en route to the S-Bahn to the crawl’s final destination, an all-ages club called Matrix that played shrieking house remixes of Top 40 songs, he asked me if I would like to ditch the crawl and go to a 'real bar' after he dropped off the rest of the group. I said yes. Actually I said I had been looking forward to the club and wanted to 'check it out' and watched happily as the horror on his face transformed into understanding of my joke.