Title: The Dark Side of Truth
Author: Gary A. Caruso
Pages: 310 pages
Published: September 27th 2013
Publisher: Inertia Publishing
Source: By the author in exchange of an honest review.
Soon after fifteen-year-old Will Reed and his friend Mason stumble over a corpse in the woods, Will’s ex-con father is arrested for the murder—and it’s Will’s fault. With the police about to close their investigation, Will must discover the identity of the ruthless killer before his father wrongfully goes back to prison.
In the spirit of City of Ember and The Goonies, it’s the discovery of a coded message that starts Will and Mason on an unexpected path of mystery and danger. Will hopes finding an ancient relic will guide him to the truth and prove his father’s innocence. Unfortunately, Will soon learns he isn't the only one searching for this valuable object. It’s a race to follow hidden clues until Will is confronted with a harsh reality. His determination to help his father has jeopardized the lives of the people he cares for. With a cold-blooded killer on his trail, Will must choose between the safety of his friends and family or freedom for his father.
The Dark Side of Truth is not my usual kind of reading, but since I already had read something from the author before, I gave it a try;
Surprisingly, The Dark Side of Truth was an intriguing, vibrant and more than just interesting reading. I was led on a wild adventure that surprised me from beginning until the end.
Since it wasn't a paranormal romance story, I had less expectation toward this book. The blurb was intriguing enough to push me to read it, but after a few pages, I was totally into it! My biggest expectation was about the plot. I wanted to read something catchy and Gary Caruso didn't disappoint me on that level.
What Stood Out:
Although this book is not a romance one and by far a paranormal one either, the main plot is thrilling and captivating. The action is non-stop, the mystery surrounding the '' truth '' and every historical element adds so much to the story. The combination of these facts plays a lot on the psychological side and your mind will never be at rest; repeatedly asking who is right and how everything will end.
The emphasis is more on the strategic level of the adventure that Will and his friend Mason have to go through. In addition, the skillful hand and knowledge of the author; Gary Caruso, kept me alert throughout my reading. I also liked the fact that the author used and worked on the tragic human side of his characters.
I didn't thought I would like one of the characters from this story since it's not a romance novel, but I really liked Mason, Will's friend. Mason is far from the typical guy that we all read about. His background and family ties brought some funny and awkward situations. We learn to appreciate him through the book!
This book could have ended in many different ways and the one the author chooses was the perfect one for me. It was one I imagined, but it still surprised me that the author chooses it. In this book, I don't think it could have been a true happy ending, but it’s probably the most happiest so far.
This was the most interesting non-romantic / non paranormal reading I had in years. I am recommending this novel to everybody who wants to read something TOTALLY different. The Dark Side of Truth by Gary Caruso is a must-try in 2014, even if it's not your type of reading.
Gary Caruso lives in northern Virginia with his wife Jill, but their favorite place is in Ohio with their three beautiful grandchildren. Although Gary is exhilarated when he sits down to write, teaching middle school science is his first love. He’s passionate about empowering students to make thoughtful decisions and positive choices in life. Gary enjoys reading, especially fiction that blurs the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy. He never imagined becoming a writer until an ordinary car ride on a spring day jolted an unlikely thought into his head. Gary’s early experience writing is a reminder that no matter how intimidating the challenge, action and determination are the foundations for fulfilling any dream. Gary has an insatiable love for writing, a blessing he’s excited to share with his readers.
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