Thursday, 9 January 2014

The Dark Side of Truth by Gary A. Caruso

The Book
Release Date: 27 September 2013

Soon after fifteen-year-old Will Reed and his friend Mason stumble over a corpse in the woods, Will’s ex-con father is arrested for the murder—and it’s Will’s fault. With the police about to close their investigation, Will must discover the identity of the ruthless killer before his father wrongfully goes back to prison. 

In the spirit of City of Ember and The Goonies, it’s the discovery of a coded message that starts Will and Mason on an unexpected path of mystery and danger. Will hopes finding an ancient relic will guide him to the truth and prove his father’s innocence. Unfortunately, Will soon learns he isn't the only one searching for this valuable object. It’s a race to follow hidden clues until Will is confronted with a harsh reality. His determination to help his father has jeopardized the lives of the people he cares for. With a cold-blooded killer on his trail, Will must choose between the safety of his friends and family or freedom for his father.

My Opinion  4 STARS
** I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review**

This is a book better suited the the younger Young Adult readers, but that won't stop your enjoyment of it.

At first I thought that this book was a bit slow, however a while later I found that had been completely sucked in and couldn't put the book down.

I thought that Will and Mason gelled well as characters and Masons dad was awesome. In fact I think Mr Burke needs his own spin off novella or something he was that good, the man is so full of mystery and intrigue you can help but want to know more about him. Both Will and Mason grow within the book and do some quick growing up and probably learn a lot about themselves in a very short space of time.

I didn't like Molly. As a character she was very weak and needs a bit more development in order to make her part better. I also wasn't sure on Will's father, there was not enough of him in either the beginning of the book or the end for us to get a better understanding of him.

I loved the little bits of history put into the plot. Not being an American and having learned nothing of the Civil War I have no idea how accurate it was or what has been made fiction, but it was fascinating anyway.

There are lots of twists and turns to keep you engaged and you never quite know what is around the next corner, it keeps you gripped as to what happens next and you just don't know who to trust.

Certainly a book to be recommended.

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