New Release and Review – The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston

Posted 02/02/2016 by Cezanne in Book, Review /// 1 Comment ///

New Release and Review – The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston Title: The Truth
Author: Jeffry W. Johnston
Published on: February 2, 2016
Genres: Suspense
Page Count: 240
Format: eARC
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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…



“The Truth”, was a short but interesting story about tough decisions, loss, consequences, and protecting the people that you love.

I have some mixed feelings about this book. On one had the story kept interested but it didn’t quite pack the big emotional impact that I was hoping for, but it did hold my attention from beginning to end. This book made me nervous while I was reading and wasn’t sure how it would all play out.

The story centers on sixteen your old, Chris. He was your normal teenager until his dad, a police officer, was killed while on duty. Since then he has stepped in as the big brother/father-figure for his ten year old brother Devon. His mom has come to rely on him considerably and he would do anything to protect his brother.

When an intruder breaks into their home, Chris gets his mom’s gun and ends up shooting the intruder. It wasn’t something he wanted to do but thought he was protecting his family from danger. The events of that night lead the young victim’s brother, Dereck, determined to find out that truth of what happened that night.

The story is told from both the present and the past and strictly in the Chris’s POV. As he recounts the story of that night, you immediately know that he is holding something back. I had my suspicions of what it could be and even when I came to my own assumptions, I was still shocked by the ending. The ending of the book was strong and it raised many new questions.

The execution and the pace of the story is what I had a bit of an issue with. It did get a bit repetitive and I was sometimes frustrated with Chris and his mother’s dependency on him. I thought there was something more to their dynamic. I wish the story had explored some of the deeper issues that were present. It wasn’t my absolute favorite read but it definitely leaves you wanting to learn more.

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About Jeffry W. Johnston

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

One response to “New Release and Review – The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston

  1. TJ

    Thanks for this review! Is the link to the author’s Web site correct? Appears to be broken…