The Truth Behind the Lie

The Truth Behind the Lie : A Novel

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When a six year old girl disappears and calling the police isn't an option, her desperate mother Pernilla turns to an unlikely source for help. She finds a cryptic ad online for a private investigator:

"Need help, but can't contact the police?"

That's where Kouplan comes in. He's an Iranian refugee living in hiding. He and his brother were forced to leave Iran after their involvement with a radical newspaper hated by the regime was discovered. Kouplan's brother disappeared, and he hasn't seen him in four years. He makes a living as a P.I. working under the radar waiting for the day he can legally apply for asylum.

Pernilla's daughter has vanished without a trace, and Kouplan is an expert at living and working off the grid. He's the perfect PI to help... but something in Pernilla's story doesn't add up. She might need help that he can't offer...and a little girl's life hangs in the balance.

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIE is Sara Lovestam's award-winning and gripping novel about blurred lines, second chances, and the lengths one will go to for the truth.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 145 x 217 x 27mm | 362g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 125030007X
  • 9781250300072
  • 3,196,963

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A delightfully quirky mystery ... In Lövestam's remarkable hands, this enigmatic pair lures readers in, slowly, one detail at a time. Hopefully, Pernilla and Kouplan will be back soon for another adventure.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Absolutely compelling. This mystery has a moral center, with a growing bond between two beautifully realized characters, and a gut-clenching depiction of what it's like to live in constant fear.--Booklist (starred review)

Impeccable. An anti-hero par excellence...a book that ignites from the first page...Kouplan's story feels incredibly real. --Le Monde des Livres

The best of novels. Not only because of the topics...but also for the humanity that exhales. And the prose: so delicate and balanced. --Göteborg Posten, Swedish Newspaper

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Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding. --Kirkus, starred review

Empathy, identity, and the transformative power of music bind this tale of an atypical friendship between a teenage outcast and a jazz musician. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

A coming-of-age tale of a young soulful as it is triumphant. --School Library Journal
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About Sara Loevestam

Sara Loevestam, is a writer as well as a huge jazz music fan. She lives in Sweden.
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951 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 13% (121)
4 42% (400)
3 35% (329)
2 9% (87)
1 1% (14)
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