Review: The Truth

Do you really want to know the truth? I don’t always…but in this case…YES!

The Truth


“I tied you up because I need you to listen,” Derek says. “Focus.”
“Please… W-what do you want from me?”
“The truth,” he says. “About what happened the night my brother died.” He reaches for my left hand. “If I think you’re lying…” With his other hand, he flourishes a pair of flower cutters. Curved. Sharp.
And he smiles.

When Chris wakes up in a dark basement tied to a chair, he knows that he’s trapped-and why. Eight nights ago a burglar broke into Chris’ home. Eight nights ago Chris did what he had to do to protect his family. And eight nights ago a 13-year-old runaway bled to death on his kitchen floor.

Now Derek wants the truth about what happened that night. He wants proof his little brother didn’t deserve to die. For every lie Chris tells, he will lose a finger. But telling the truth is far more dangerous…

Length: 256 Pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: February 2, 2016

About the Author

Jeffry W. Johnston has published about thirty-five short stories and more than two hundred articles. His first young adult novel, Fragments, was an Edgar Award nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers selection by YALSA. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their teenage son. Visit him at


It is rare for a thriller to really WOW me anymore. They often have similar themes and it is difficult for one to really stand out from the crowd. But The Truth is not one of those books.

The Truth was a short read for me…half a day. But I think it is because it didn’t waste any time with page long descriptions of the mundane, or the main character asking himself a million What if? questions. Jeffry W. Johnston went straight to the point with beautiful simplicity, that was at the same time complex, and deep.

In short, I loved this book. I loved the main character, Chris, and his struggle with his strengths and weaknesses. I loved the emotional roller coaster he takes you on as you view the past through his eyes.

Another thing I loved was the format. The entire novel alternates between an interrogation in the present, and memories of the past. This had the potential for being a disaster. But instead, it was ingenious. Instead of being bored beyond tears, I was riveted, on the edge of my seat, and wishing I could read faster. I HAD TO KNOW THE TRUTH.

As you might have guessed, I am giving The Truth 5 out of 5 Stars. Awesome book.

Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT)

Language: 2

Occasional swearing littered throughout the book, but nothing major

Violence: 2

Threat of violence throughout the book and one violent encounter at end

Sexuality: 0


The Truth is available both digitally and in paperback. Click on the link below to purchase it. (I mean it, this book is so awesome. You want it. You really do.)

Happy Reading!