Book Review: I Know This Much is True

Yesterday I seriously felt like I had climbed Mt. Everest after I read this book. Finally!!!!


The reason I picked up this 900 page monster was because of the author, Wally Lamb. I read two amazing books of his called She’s Come Undone and The Hour I First Believed.

She's Come Undone

The Hour I First Believed

You should read them, they’re good.

He’s an amazing author who has the ability to write so realistically it’s like you have stepped inside the narrator’s head. He also does a hefty amount of research regarding the topics in his books which results in simple, realistic details that make his books believable.

I’ll have a real problem with a book that’s not believable. It’s the main thing that makes me put a book down….like “This could never happen; this is stupid”. But this writer crafts every detail so meticulously and methodically that what results are realistic and emotional stories about individuals, and the ordinary (or extraordinary) circumstances that surround their lives.

Anyways- so I Know This Much is True……the book starts off with a startling turn of events in which the narrator and main character’s schizophrenic identical twin saws off his arm in a public library as an act of religious and political radicalism.

You’d think that was the climax, however Lamb then proceeds to take us on an emotional and personal journey with Dominick (the narrator) as he navigates the aftermath of his twin’s actions and deals with his own dramatic and problematic life.

Through flashbacks and climbing inside Dominick’s thoughts, Lamb weaves a tale of personal reflection as Dominick struggles to determine his true identity.

It really sounds like nothing special- like I said- a character going through ordinary (yet some dramatic twists and turns) life. But what makes this special, as mentioned before, is the writing. So realistic and meticulous.

That being said, it is 900 pages. So if you have a lot of time to kill and are on summer vacation like me, you should add it or another one of his books into your summer reading list. I highly suggest She’s Come Undone.

Have you ever read Wally Lamb’s books? What is your favorite? What should I read next???????


7 thoughts on “Book Review: I Know This Much is True

  1. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    I loved She’s Come Undone! I didn’t realize he had written others.

    I also take major issues when books aren’t believable. So many times, I’m like, “That character would have NEVER done that!” or “They wouldn’t have believed that!” and it makes me soooo mad 😛

  2. di @ life of di.

    I’ve not read any of these books but She’s Come Undone sounds great. I will have to look into it on GoodReads 🙂 Thanks for the reviews. I always love to see what people are reading!

  3. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    Ok going to start with She’s Come Undone as need a new great new fiction book 🙂

    I love anything by Joanne Harris. I loved ‘The Help’ and also loved ‘Sharp Objects’, ‘Dark Places’ and ‘Gone Girl’ all by Gillian Flynn, definitely check those out if you haven’t already.

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