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The Truth Paperback – February 2, 2016
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"This captivating thriller keeps the pacing fast, the tension high, and the emotions raw" - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Recommended for readers who enjoy edgy thrillers" - School Library Journal
"An excellent novel that will keep the reader going and guessing up until the very end."
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Sometimes telling the truth is hard, especially when it has to do with murder or death. Then, the truth seems like the opposite of what you really want to say if you had something to do with that death. But I guess the truth will come out easier when there’s a threat. When you have something to motivate you, this is The Truth. Lies are punished, simple as that.
Okay, first of all, how awesome does that sound? The Truth sounds like the movie The Gift, both give me a black and white, high contrast vibe that just gives you chills and horrifies you. Was, The Truth what I thought it was? Was it? Read on to find out!
What I Liked:
The summary of The Truth really dragged me in. What’s better than a mysterious summary which promises deep secrets that MUST come out? Uh…let me think…NOTHING!!!!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHH *strokes evil kitten*
*Ahem* anyways The Truth starts off tense, it stays tense, gets a bit sad, then tense again. It’s a never ending roller coaster ride that goes up and down and leaves you thinking. When it came to The Truth I kept wondering if there would be a twist ending. Something you’d never expect happening…and…it…well. I can’t tell you if there was a twist but the ending was good. SUPER GOOD! I kept thinking back to it and almost laughing because that’s how great it was.
Jeffry W. Johnston (the author :) ) writes The Truth between the points of views of Now and Then. He writes the past and present so well it almost blends together like the main character is really traveling back to the past, wading through his memories. Seriously, I loved it!
What I Didn’t Like
Some parts felt slow, but it progresses.
In A Nutshell
The Truth was super good. The ending was amazing (seriously I think it was my favorite part!) It was intense and awesome and I so recommend it.
In the same way that Laurie Halse Anderson opened new dialogue with Speak, Johnston slices into raw reality with The Truth. School Librarians are advised to read this book before determining shelf placement in Middle vs. High School collections.
Wrought with tension, The Truth immediately abducts readers attention with its stark setting: a basement, duct tape, garden shears and interrogation. Short chapters alternating between “Then” and “Now” rapidly advance readers through the series of events surrounding the shooting of 13-year-old Caleb Brannick. This book will appeal to and satisfy reluctant readers, but this is not a simplistic book. Walter Dean Myers fans will welcome Johnston as a worthy voice for teens to follow. Lisa Brennan ~ Middle School Librarian
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: eARC from Netgalley
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Summary (from Goodreads):
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…
I requested this book because lately I have been enjoying mystery/thriller type books and I thought that this would be an interesting one. I did enjoy this book, but I didn't love it.
Chris and Derek are two seventeen year old boys who are looking out for their younger brothers for different reasons, but both apparently seem to be out of a sense of guilt they have for different reasons.
Chris's father died three years ago on the job as a police officer. He has spent the last three years being a father figure to his younger brother. Which I thought was kind of weird because they have a mom who is mostly present. She works, but she isn't really an absent parent. Their lives all seem to revolve around Devon and his love for baseball. But I found it really weird that Chris's mom basically lets Chris do the parenting to his younger brother rather than doing it herself.Read more ›
I received a copy of this novel from Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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--- I received a free ebook copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.---
This is a short, quick and easy read, it took me about 2-3 hours. Read more
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