The Truth

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by Jeffry W. Johnston

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire, 2016

ISBN: 978-1492623205


When Chris wakes up in a dark basement tied to a chair, he knows that he’s trapped – and why. Eight nights ago a burglar broke into Chris’ home. Eight nights ago Chris did what he had to do to protect his family. And eight nights ago a 13-year-old runaway bled to death on his kitchen floor.

Now Derek wants the truth about what happened that night. He wants proof his little brother didn’t deserve to die. For every lie Chris tells, he will lose a finger. But telling the truth is far more dangerous…

A riveting, edge-of-your-seat thriller from Edgar Award-nominated author Jeffry W. Johnston that explores the gray area between what is right and what we’ll do to protect the people we love.



“A tough, fast, twisty brawler of a book” – Booklist

“Recommended for readers who enjoy edgy thrillers” – School Library Journal

“This captivating thriller keeps the pacing fast, the tension high, and the emotions raw.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An excellent novel that will keep the reader going and guessing up until the very end” – VOYA Magazine

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About the author:

Jeffry W. Johnston writes thriller/mysteries for teens. His first novel, FRAGMENTS, was an Edgar award nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers selection. His second novel, THE TRUTH is both a 2017 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers selection and a 2017 In The Margins Book award winner, awarded by Library Services for Youth in Custody.

School and Library Visit Information

Jeffry is available for school and library talks, including signings, talks about writing and the writing business, and book discussions. For further info, please contact me through my website at