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Truth Be Told by Kathleen Barber

Truth Be Told

by Kathleen Barber

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A soon-to-be TV series for true crime lovers. Sure, investigative podcasts may help some, but they can hurt some, too.

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Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay.

The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a megahit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, questioning whether the wrong person may be behind bars, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.

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Member ratings (941)

  • Samantha S.

    Keokuk, IA

    A book that you have trouble putting down because it keeps you on the edge of your seat. A haunting unforgettable traumatic past, the undying bond of sisterhood, family. Twin power reunited in this thriller

  • Nichele D.

    Clarksville, TN

    Read this over two sittings. The characters were well-drawn, the story was intriguing and the overall pace was good. I would’ve liked a bit more post-final reveal, but overall, I highly recommend it.

  • Laura R.

    Spring Hill, KS

    As a fan of Serial and Up and Vanished podcast, I loved the format of this! My only dislike is the republishing under a new title - read original 2 years ago and didnt realize till starting this ????

  • Michelle G.

    Brooklyn, NY

    This book was so good! I enjoyed reading it! The reader is put in the middle of the action and sympathizes with the main characters. This book was a great read and very interesting. Would recommend!

  • Deborah M.

    Santa Fe, NM

    I read this book quickly and felt connected to the main character. I thought the mother Poppy was the most interesting of all and would have liked to have read more from her perspective. Recommend!

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