The Truth

The Truth Book Cover The Truth
Jeffry W. Johnston
Sourcebooks Fire
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 thriller that starts rolling in the first chapter and never gives you a chance to catch your breath until the end.

Told through a combination of flashbacks and current events, the story unfolds in reverse and leaves the reader guessing until the very last page.  I pride myself on being able to catch plot twists in books, movies, and television shows, but the author managed to surprise me and catch me off-guard.  I only figured out a tiny piece of the puzzle.  I wish I could say more about it, but almost anything would be a spoiler, and that would suck the fun right out of the reading experience.

Perhaps the best part of the book is that it is a very quick read that will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers, while still engaging those who are true bibliophiles.  There is almost no romance in the story, so those who do not enjoy that will be satisfied.  I’m not going to lie, I felt afraid right along with the main character.  Any reader who enjoys young adult thrillers will be turning the pages as fast as they can to find out what happens next.

I recommend “The Truth” to anyone looking for a good thriller who is upper middle grade and up, especially reluctant readers.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Content Warning:

Language, Violence, Child Abuse,

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