The Truth

Finished The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

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…”

This book is the perfect definition of  a page-turner. I started reading it when I was tired but was still unable to stop until I was done.  (Thanks for that, Jeffry Johnston.)

I was pretty sure what one of the twists was (and I was right) but what drove me to keep reading was the question of whether or not Chris would be okay.  Derek is clearly unhinged by his brother’s death—and both he and Chris are feeling some guilt over that death—and I had no assurance that things would end well for either of them.

Everything about this felt so plausible and made me think about how easily a simple decision could completely derail my life.  (And think about how we’re not as safe as we think we are, because Derek didn’t have much of a problem kidnapping Chris.)

This book is insanely readable, you guys.  Absolutely read it, but don’t start it at night because you won’t stop til you’re done.  (At least it’s short.)

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