Only the Truth by Adam Croft #BookReview

About this book…

He’s not the perfect husband. But he is the perfect suspect.

Dan Cooper has never been the perfect husband to Lisa. He travels for work and plays the carefree bachelor when he can. But now, on a solo business trip, in a remote coastal hotel, he’s surprised to find Lisa in his bathroom. She’s dead.

He has no idea how she got there but one chilling fact is clear: everything points to Dan having murdered her. Someone is trying to frame him. Someone who might still be watching. In a panic, he goes on the run. But even as he flees across Europe, his unknown enemy stacks up the evidence against him.

Dan is determined to clear his name and take revenge on Lisa’s killer, but the culprit is closing in. And then there’s the agony of his own guilty conscience. No, he didn’t kill her—but is it all his fault?

My review…

I read Her Last Tomorrow by Adam Croft at the end of 2016, mainly due to the huge amount of rave reviews I saw, especially all over Facebook. It got a solid 3* from me as, although I really enjoyed the book and I found the author to be a great storyteller, I also thought it had an “unbelievable in places” plotline as well as a few other, rather unrealistic elements that let it down. But I said then that I would be keen to read more by this author and so when Only The Truth came out I downloaded it to see how it compared.

Only The Truth is told in the first person narrative by Dan who is not a particularly nice man. He cheats on his wife whilst travelling round the country working as lighting crew for a tv company and his latest conquest is Jess, the receptionist at the hotel he is staying in. But coming up to his room one night he is shocked to discover his wife Lisa dead in his bathtub and a message on her mobile from HIS phone asking her to come to his room. So does he call the police trusting that CCTV and an alibi will keep him safe? Eh….no! He raids his bank account and runs off to an old holiday cottage in France with Jess! What an idiot! He says he didn’t kill Lisa but thinks someone may be trying to set him up. Maybe the clues are in the flashbacks to a young boy living in an orphanage run by nuns but with a very nasty benefactor? The thing is things seem to get a lot worse once Dan flees abroad and it’s a case of “out of the frying pan and into the fire”.

Weirdly enough I did enjoy this one but not as much as Her Last Tomorrow which I’m now tempted to bump up a star on Amazon! The things I loved About Only The Truth were very similar to those I loved in Her Last Tomorrow. It’s a fast paced, thoroughly enjoyable plot which is both intriguing and highly engrossing. I read it in one afternoon and I loved the “easy to get into” writing style which flowed effortlessly from one drama to another. I thought the flashbacks were great but wish they had maintained a little more mystery and not shown their hands too quickly either. I had two trains of thought as to what was panning out, one I thought quite obvious and one slightly more oblique, with an angle I thought was coming but didn’t. I think I just read too many of this genre so it’s quite difficult to pull the wool over my eyes! There were red herrings galore but unfortunately they swam off too soon leaving me slightly frustrated.

Overall I do enjoy Adam’s books! I find them gripping and unputdownable, a quick and easy read that’s not too complicated. And I find Adam really does have the magic touch with getting his readers on board and then driving them at full speed towards the finish line. I did have to read the end of this one twice though as I thought I must have missed something, one of the threads didn’t seem quite finished to me. But that could just be my OCD of liking all the ends tied up neatly in a very pretty bow at the end!!

And as I said last time, I am still happy to read whatever Adam Croft writes next as I definitely have a soft spot for his books.

Only The Truth was published on 1st February as a Kindle First and then available on Amazon from 1st March. You can click  Only the Truth to purchase your copy from Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

Adam Croft

Adam Croft is a British author, principally of crime fiction, best known for the Kempston Hardwick mysteries and Knight & Culverhouse thrillers as well as his 2015 worldwide bestselling psychological thriller HER LAST TOMORROW, which became one of the biggest selling books of the year with over 150,000 copies sold in the first five months.

His books have sold more than a million copies around the world, and in 2016 he was featured by The Guardian as one of the biggest selling authors of the year, and regularly takes part in discussions and panels on publishing and the future of books.

In February 2017, ONLY THE TRUTH became a worldwide bestseller, reaching storewide number 1 at both Amazon US and Amazon UK, making it the bestselling book in the world at that moment in time. The same day, Amazon’s overall Author Rankings placed Adam as the mostly widely read author in the world, with J.K. Rowling in second place.

Adam has been featured on BBC television, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC World Service, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Bookseller and a number of other news and media outlets.