Monday, January 11, 2016

Review: The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston

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… 

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars

This was a bit of an odd book for me. The writing was done well; it was fast paced even if the events of the book only took place over a couple of hours. The combination of those two things made the story feel surreal at times.

The plot itself was straightforward, though there was a twist hanging over the head of the reader. I thought that I knew what it would be, since other reviewers seemed to have guessed it, but it wasn't what I expected. I enjoyed the shock of it.

The ending didn't go in the direction I'd expected either. Normally I dislike books that have a cliffhanger ending when there's no intention of a sequel, but this one was uneasy and intense and good. It ended, in that the main point of the story was wrapped up, but there's a hanging thread that leaves you wondering how the characters are going to fair now that the book is over.

The Truth had a few nail biting moments that encouraged me to keep reading and I'm glad I did. It's a quick, somewhat suspenseful read that's not too complicated to get through in an afternoon.

Music Recommendation

Despite the way things end up working out, I think this song speaks to the hope that each brother had before it all went down hill. Derek and Chris were both incredible brothers, but their circumstances led them along a much more terrible path than they ever imagined.

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