Twisted Truth by Diana J Febry
It’s hard to defend yourself when you have memory lapses, and everyone thinks you are crazy.
Journalist, Megan Roach, is given a story by an old man in a nursing home that could make her famous. When her carefully constructed life starts to unravel, she is forced to confront her childhood demons and the possibility she could be a murderer.
DCI Peter Hatherall uncovers a conspiracy that confronts his own beliefs and goes far deeper than Megan Roach imagined. But can he believe anything she says?
This is the second book I have read and reviewed by Diana J Febry. I really enjoyed Who Killed Vivien Morse and really looked forward to reading Twisted Truth. It is the 5th book in the DCI Peter Hatherall series, but works well as a stand-alone .
Megan Roach is a journalist working with her friend, a photographer, doing a story at a local nursing home. An elderly resident approaches her and hands over a package. He tells her that it contains information about a murder and evidence of a cover-up. Later, Megan discovers newspaper clippings, a notebook and cassette tape in the box.
Should she take it seriously, or is it the overactive imagination of an elderly gentleman who is possibly mentally frail?
However, Megan needs a break, her personal life is crumbling around her and her career is at a standstill. If the information is true it could catapult her career as a journalist and give her a welcome step up the career ladder.
Meanwhile, DCI Peter Hatherall and DI Fiona Williams are attending a pagan wedding in the woods of familiar characters Gladys and Dick. Dick tells Peter he is very concerned about two guests who should have attended the wedding but haven’t turned up. He believes that the gentleman and his granddaughter are in great danger.
The book contains subplots, conspiracy theories, shady characters and a host of unreliable witnesses. How do you separate fact from fiction and solve a crime when elderly and confused people are the only link?
We hear the story from the police point of view but also get to know Peter and Fiona on a personal level too. Both have their own struggles to deal with as well as pressure to solve the crime.
Twisted Truth is beautifully written, with an intriguing and complex plot which knits together seamlessly. As well as crime lovers, the book will appeal to anyone who likes a whodunnit. I changed my mind several times about where the plot was heading.
The characters are believable, flawed and interesting. I love the fact that Gladys and Dick feature because they are firm favourites of mine from another book in the series (Who Killed Vivien Morse ) They provided some refreshingly humourous moments and their relationship as senior citizens is truly endearing.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy, which I reviewed honestly.
My review of Who Killed Vivian Morse?