Rated 3 of 5 stars
The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston is a simple story revolving around the shooting of an intruder. The story follows a young teenager who has admitted to shooting the intruder, a 13 year old boy, to protect himself and his little brother staying in the home alone. The story takes on a life of its own as the older brother of the boy killed confronts the young man for his role in his brother’s death. It has a twist in it but not one that is unpredictable.
The writing style is very simple. Lots of short sentences, no real description heavy writing at all. You won’t know much about what things look like or feel like and it reads like someone telling a story about something that happened to them, without much detail. Although, that’s how the story is actually structured (the teenage boy retelling the story). The one thing that stuck out to me was that the dialogue had lots of broken sentences like “Well..um..I don’t…” instead of just coming out and saying it. I know the author wanted to make the characters seem unsure but it got nerve racking page after page. Also, the teenage boy (main character) comes across as very feminine in nature. Not sure whether that was intentional or not but I had to go back to check and make sure he was actually a teenage boy and not a mother or middle aged female.
Overall, The Truth doesn’t really leave a mark for readers. The book wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t memorable on any level.
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