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Spare Me the Truth : An explosive, high octane thriller

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C.J. Carver is a top notch thriller writer and Spare Me The Truth is right up there with the best - Simon Kernick

For fans of Lee Child and Jason Bourne, Spare Me the Truth is the gripping new thriller from the multi-award winning author of Blood Junction.

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 grief, is accosted at her mother's funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.

Lucy Davies has been forced from the Met by her own maverick behaviour. Desperate to prove herself in her new rural post, she's on the hunt for a killer - but this is no small town criminal.

Plunged into a conspiracy that will test each of them to their limits, these three strangers are brought together in their hunt for the truth, whatever it costs. And as their respective investigations become further and further entwined, it becomes clear that at the centre of this tangled web is a threat more explosive than any of them could have imagined.

"Nothing short of brilliant . . . Carver has created a wonderful story here, sort of Jason Bourne meets Silence of the Lambs." - Michael Jecks, author of Blood on the Sands.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 35.56mm | 416g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785760335
  • 9781785760334
  • 449,822

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From page one, Spare Me the Truth runs flat out on all cylinders. CJ Carver gives us everything: high-octane action, vivid characters, and thought-provoking mystery. Read it! -- Meg Gardiner, author of * The Burning Mind * CJ Carver is a top notch thriller writer and Spare Me The Truth is right up there with the best. * Simon Kernick * Nothing short of brilliant . . . Carver has created a wonderful story here, sort of Jason Bourne meets Silence of the Lambs. -- Michael Jecks, author of Blood on the Sands A real page turner * Worth A Read Blog * This is an incredible roller-coaster of a read. It seems that every page brings a new explosive shock that brings with it yet more questions. Brilliantly and intricately plotted, this is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat read as the story twists and turns with efforts of three strangers to untangle the conspiracy in which they find themselves entwined. Don't miss it. -- Lizzie Hayes * Mystery People * My first thought on reading Spare Me The Truth was one of total delight. I love discovering new authors and unexpected little gems, like this one. This reminded me why I love thrillers so very much. * Northern Crime Blog * A fast and addictive thriller, an intelligently woven plot with multiple layers...Beautifully written to be entirely engaging (and exciting) throughout with pitch perfect characters, a healthy dose of reality in amongst the fictional shenanigans and overall a stonking good read all round. * Liz Loves Books Blog * Very intelligent and thought-provoking... without a doubt be one of the best thrillers I will read in 2016 and I have no trouble recommending this book to those that might be becoming tired of the genre, are looking for something new or really, just someone who likes a seriously great book because that's what this is in simple terms. A must-read thriller. * Book Addict Shaun Blog * This is an incredible roller-coaster of a read. Brilliantly and intricately plotted, this is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat read as the story twists and turns with the efforts of three strangers to untangle the conspiracy in which they find themselves entwined. Don't miss it! -- Lizzie Hayes * Promoting Crime Blog * I couldn't put Spare me the Truth down... This is a confident thriller, one that is written by an author who has a unique voice, a magical plotting ability, and a clarity of presentation that keeps us fully on track. I felt there was room for a series here. I do hope that is planned. -- Margaret Graham * Frost Magazine * Spare Me the Truth is a gripping intelligent thriller covering conspiracy theories, spies, action and murder. It packs a lot into its 500+ pages...it's fast paced and well plotted. * Off The Shelf Book Reviews Blog * I was really impressed by her ease of storytelling and her ability to draw me into the story from the beginning. The plot is well controlled and there are lots of twists and turns which kept me guessing all the way through...Overall, there is a genuine edginess to the story which grips tight and which never lets up the pace until the story is dramatically concluded. * Jaffa Reads Too Blog * An action-packed, Bourne-esque mystery thriller - impossible to put down -- Mason Cross Had me reading till ridiculous hours of the night, needing to find out what happens next -- Ruth Downie, author of the Ruso Medicus series A high octane mix of Jason Bourne game playing and gritty Brit noir, CJ Carver puts the pedal to the metal and doesn't let up...! -- Jack Grimwood, author of Moskva Spare Me the Truth is a complex tale of betrayal and deception. CJ Carver writes with compassion about characters she really cares about -- Parker Bilal, author of City of Jackals A fast-paced, high concept thriller that ticks all the boxes and then some. Strong women, international covert intrigue, and a nasty serial killer. I'm so glad this is the first of a series: I want more of amnesiac Dan Forrester and 'lively' PC Lucy Davies, and I want it now! -- Julia Crouch, author of Cuckoo ...One of the best on the market! -- Chris High A clever, easy-to-read mystery...a tense thriller * Literary Review * A plot as ingeniously constructed as a Sudoku puzzle...an intriguing page turner with a deftly explored psychological dimension. A multi-layered novel that goes beyond the usual limits of the genre * The Lady * An intelligently constructed plot, featuring multiple layers, all comes together right on target at the climax of this thrilling novel * Crime Scene Magazine * Spare Me The Truth was an absolute blast to read (...) it was perfect escapism. I got drawn into the story and did not want to stop reading, this is exactly what I look for in a book! * Grab this Book * Spooks, partial amnesia and an intelligent plot. What more can you ask for in a thriller? Inhale this little gem of a book * Northern Crime Book Blog *
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About C. J. Carver

CJ Carver is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels that have been published in the US and translated into several languages.

Blood Junction won the CWA Debut Dagger and was short listed for the USA Barry Award for best crime fiction novel of the year. Spare Me the Truth, the first in the Dan Forrester and Lucy Davies series, was a finalist in the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel Award.

CJ lived in Australia for ten years before becoming a travel writer and long-distance rally driver. CJ now lives just outside Bath.

www.cjcarver.com
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244 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 34% (83)
4 45% (110)
3 17% (42)
2 3% (8)
1 0% (1)
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