Truth Be Told

A Novel
Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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The only thing more dangerous than a lie...is the truth.

Serial meets Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a megahit podcast that reopens a murder case - and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim's daughter.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last 10 years trying to escape her family's reputation, and with good reason. After her father's murder 13 years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult, and her twin sister, Lanie, once Josie's closest friend and confidante, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner, Caleb, and that's where she intends to stay.

The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past - starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a megahit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie's father's murder, Josie's world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie's long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown, where she must confront the demons from her past - and the lies on which she has staked her future.

©2017 Kathleen Barber (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Please don't waste your credit

This isn't even a guilty pleasure. Poor writing, a predictable plot and god awful narration made for a very long listen. I felt compelled to find out who had done it, and of course it was exactly as I had guessed less than 1/4 of the way through the book. Wooden, one-dimensional characters that I couldn't muster enough energy to care about led to a very underwhelming ending. There are too many other good books in this genre.

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Bad narrator

Bad bad bad. I dont know if its the narrator, but i didnt enjoy it at all. I had to finish it because i paid for it.

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Great Listen

I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy fast listen. I will listen to more of her books.

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Why Oprah?

Three strikes? I deeply respect Oprah but this is the 3rd book I pick up from her book list that I end up hating.

To be fair, it contained 2 characteristics that I particularly dislike in any book: 1) incessant inner dialogue (and in this case many times whiny) and 2) a huge lie to a lover/loved one that is beyond recoverable. Add to this cartoonish and predictable characters: the bitchy gold digger, the loveable foreigner, the druggie sibling, the obnoxious journalist, and saintly aunt. To compound matters it's easy to figure out who-done-it, and the use of memory loss to conceal it is old. The matter of how we have become obsessed with reality shows and social media without regard to the impact on lives affected, which may have been the main message, is what saves any part of this book. Sadly, what I enjoyed most were the twitter and reddit parts. Maybe that last comment says more about me than the book, but I failed to see any originality in this novel to classify it as a must read in the suspense/thriller genre.

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Interesting story but needs more suspense

Good overall story but I was expecting more mystery and suspense, what I got was a lot of family drama and an annoying podcaster that was everything an investigative journalist should NOT be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book but mostly just the last chapter.

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Seriously?

The ending was obvious from the first few chapters, I made myself finish it just in the hopes that there'd be some unexpected twist or something. Nope. So dull.

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Very Current

Very current! Felt very “Serial” or “Making a Murder,” but from the perspective of the family of the victim so you can see the stress and trauma that a podcast re-examine a closed case can cause. Looking forward to watching the Apple TV+ series.

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I was hoping this would be better than the Apple+ Show

Spoiler: It wasn’t

Thing I can’t believe: as terrible as the writing was in the show, the show actually made the story interesting.

What I can’t figure out is how someone read this book and was captivated enough by it to want to put it onscreen.

In the book, the characters were poorly developed, the story was interesting but not complex or even a little cerebral. I’m one of those obnoxious “the book is ALWAYS better” types that will rail against poorly developed tv series adaptations, don’t ever have a conversation with me about Outlander the show and how they’ve destroyed the soul of the characters. Mystic River? Book was better. Primal Fear? As good as the movie was, the book was better. Game of Thrones? Books were better. True Blood? Books were better. American Gods? Book was better. You get my drift.

This book, though, should be congratulated as it gets the designation of being the very first book that was shockingly underwhelming. If you think reading it will make the Apple+ show make more sense or something, don’t waste your time.

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What a twist

Great Listen...I sure didn't expect that ending
would definitely recommend this book to others 💯

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Loved it

Rebekkah Ross is my favorite narrator her voice is so easy to listen too. it was a great book!!