The Truth Will Out (1 April 2014) by Jane Isaac

The Truth Will OutThe Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to thank the publisher through NetGalley for my advanced reader’s copy of The Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac.
Legend Press, the publisher of The Truth Will Out, seems to promote many debut authors who have been recognized as having talent, as so far, I have been consistently impressed with the results.
The Truth Will Out, which is actually the second book in a crime series by author Jane Isaac (but the first published in the UK), is a compelling mystery with a likeable heroine.
The Truth Will Out follows DCI Helen Lavery, single mother and passionate police officer, as she investigates the murder of a young woman named Naomi in Hampton, England. The investigation has a unique beginning, which hooked me into the plot immediately. The mystery that follows is a quick read, as I was drawn to Helen as a character. Helen cares deeply about the human aspect of her job, as well as trying to be a good single mother to two teenage boys. For me, the vulnerability of several of the characters, including Helen herself, made me really care about what would happen to them.
I also appreciated the fact that The Truth Will Out is not excessively graphic or violent. It reminds me of the novels of Denise Mina, or Mo Hayder, but without their gruesome brutality and dark tone. Those novels make me feel like the world is a horrible place, while this novel makes me feel like the world is a place in which horrible things happen. This, for me, is a slight, but crucial, difference.
Ultimately, The Truth Will Out, despite having some pretty unsavory criminals, was a novel that left me feeling hopeful, and with the sense that there are decent people in the world.
I would recommend this novel to fans of author like Elly Griffiths, or anyone who enjoys a mystery novel that has a strong focus on characters, rather than being an intricately plotted whodunit. The Truth Will Out is not a gritty crime novel, nor is its main strength the plot. But it is an enjoyable read, one that can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.
I will look forward to finding out what adventures DCI Helen Lavery encounters in the next book in this series, both in her duties with the police, and her challenges as a mother.

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