“Spare Me the Truth” ebook was published in 2016 and was written by C. J. Carver (http://www.cjcarver.com). This is Ms. Carver’s eighth novel.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and some Mature Language. This Mystery/Thriller novel is set in contemporary Britain.
The primary characters are Dan Forrester and Lucy Davies. Forrester has suffered a metal breakdown after loosing his son. He has put his life back together but has suffered amnesia that prevents him from remembering much about his life. He is approached by a woman he does not remember, but who claims she used to work with him.
Davies was a Metropolitan London police officer, but because of her rebellion against authority, has been reassigned to a rural area. A girl has gone missing and Davies is among the officers looking for her. She pursues a lead that results in the young girl being found alive, but tortured and beaten. As she continues to investigate, she finds evidence that there might be other bodies.
Forrester begins to have doubts about his former life. He feels that his wife, father and close friends have all be lying to him. Davies keeps digging and is shocked when she discovers what connects the victims, for she too seems to be connected.
These two story lines swirl around one another, but finally come together towards the end of the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 528 page novel. I liked the characters in the novel and the way the two different story lines did not converge until near the end. There was plenty of suspense and action over the course of the story. This is definitely an author that I will keep an eye open for in the future. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.
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