Lie, torture, kill—there’s nothing Chris and Derek wouldn’t do for their younger brothers…
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…
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
There are some books that do torture very well, and this is not one of them. I have to admit, it pretty much takes all of the suspense out of a thriller story when you realize there’s no real chance that something horrifying is actually going to happen.
Not to mention that Chris was being threatened by a pair of gardening shears.
By the middle of the story, the whole thing felt ridiculous. The characters were one-dimensional, Derek had no real depth, Chris continued to lie even though his fingers were about to be chopped off. The premise of The Truth was great, but overall execution just wasn’t there.
The story dragged. I’m not a fan of the whole now/then approach to point of view anyway, but not only was I confused with the narrative, but it also made the pacing worse. I had to take time to figure out what was going on, and during that time I got to notice how choppy the writing is around those areas.
There are sentences like this:
I have my Mom’s dark colouring, angular face, and I’m slender, like she is.
that make me wonder if I’m actually reading and not just studying grammar rules. I guess the biggest problem with the writing is that it isn’t distinctive. There’s no true voice, and any kind of character I could divulge from the people within The Truth was taken away by the way they all blended together.
The Truth started out okay, but I couldn’t stand it after awhile. I stuck around to the end, and I would say that it was worth it if only for the ending. I really enjoyed the plot twist at the end, and in a few ways, it justified the other errors within this story, but not enough that I could truly enjoy it. 1.5 stars.
pg count for paperback: 240