Spare Me the Truth
By C.J. Carver
Published by Zaffre (7 April 2016)
Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of
his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he
remembers about his life - and his son - is a lie. Grace Reavey, stricken by
Spare Me the Truth is a gripping intelligent thriller covering conspiracy theories, spies, action and murder. It packs a lot into its 500+ pages, but certainly doesn't feel like it's a long read, as it's fast paced and well plotted.
It's also highly addictive and a book that you will struggle to put down until you've read the final page. I was gripped from the prologue, and continued to be absorbed throughout. The plot is a fascinating one, especially the theme of memory loss and how memories can be easily manipulated.
Spare Me the Truth is character-led as well as being plot-driven. There's Dan, who has such a mysterious past that he doesn't remember it - and soon discovers that his family can't be trusted to divulge the truth either. Which memories is he suppressing? And will his true memories ever return? There's Grace, a GP who realises her mother was leading a double life - and appears to owe a huge sum of money to some unsavoury people. And then there's Lucy, a detective searching for a killer, who has her own demons to contend with. These characters' intertwined threads tie up nicely at the end of the book.
Spare Me the Truth is also well-researched - and it's quite frightening to think about the drugs and technology that's either already out there or at the Research & Development stage. It gives the book a slight science fiction feel too.
This was my first C.J. Carver book, but it certainly won't be my last.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.