ARC Review: The Truth

The Truth
The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: February 2, 2016

When Chris wakes up tied to a chair in a dark basement, he knows that he’s trapped—and why. He shot and killed Derek’s little brother. He had his reasons, but no matter how far Derek goes to uncover the truth about that night, Chris’s story won’t change. It can’t. There is far too much at stake…

Derek is desperate to prove his brother didn’t deserve to die. And if kidnapping his brother’s killer is the only way to the truth, than he’ll go to extremes. But Chris’s truth is far more dangerous than Derek could have imagined, and knowing could cost both their lives…

The Truth is a pretty short mystery book, that packs a lot of things into a few pages. The story begins with Chris kidnapped by Derek and forced to reveal the truth of the night Derek’s younger brother died. As the story goes back and forth between the past and the present, the characters themselves are being slowly unraveled. True, the mystery is about the events of that night, but it is also about the dark nature of humans themselves, and what extent we can go to. Chris has maintained one version of the story, partly because he was said to do so, and partly because he is hiding one crucial part of that event. Now, I had my suspicions early on, but the ending still devastated me. Also, learning how Derek and Chris had nearly the same situation – that was unexpected; in Derek’s case it was worse and the other way around, but their mindset was the same. It was also interesting in that people you know can sometimes surprise you, and despite it, you love them for it. Definitely an – oh my god – kind of ending.

Trigger warning – violence, rape (implied)

Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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