Spare Me The Truth – C. J. Carver


Published on 7th April 2016 by Zaffe

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.

My thoughts

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.

Spare Me The Truth starts with Dan Forrester, a man with partial amnesia. He is seemingly a normal everyday family man, who lost his memory following the tragic death of his son. One day he is approached by a woman from his past. Dan is thrown in at the deep end, looking for answers and trying to fill in his huge memory gap. Another thread follows police officer, Lucy Davies. Lucy becomes involved in a brutal case of kidnap and attempted murder.She starts to have a very personal interest in the victim, as certain facts come out. The final strand follows a GP, as she is drawn into a mystery of missing money and unexpected bereavements. The three parts slowly come together and are connected by a disturbing serial killer and medication for bipolar disorder.

Carver knows exactly how to hook a reader and keep the tension going. Following our three very different characters, we soon start to see the big picture: International corruption combined with multiple murder, some very convincing manipulation through technology and the world of spooks. This reminded me why I love thrillers so very much.

If you are a thriller fan, this is one you should be looking out for! Recommended.


My thanks to the publishers for sending me a review copy.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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9 Responses to Spare Me The Truth – C. J. Carver

  1. This looks like another one for the wishlist

  2. crimeworm says:

    I thought you’d like this one! I really enjoyed it too.

  3. I just added this yesterday to my TBR list from crimeworm’s feature actually. I’m excited, this may be a sooner reader for me, I enjoy reading new gems before the hype.

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