Spare Me The Truth by C.J. Carver @C_J_Carver @BonnierZaffre


Author : C.J. Carver
Title : Spare Me The Truth
Series : Dan Forrester #1
Pages : 528
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : April 7, 2016


Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life – and his son – is a lie.

Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother’s funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.

Lucy Davies has been forced from the Met by her own maverick behaviour. Desperate to prove herself in her new rural post, she’s on the hunt for a killer – but this is no small town criminal.

Plunged into a conspiracy that will test each of them to their limits, these three strangers are brought together in their hunt for the truth, whatever it costs. And as their respective investigations become further and further entwined, it becomes clear that at the centre of this tangled web is a threat more explosive than any of them could have imagined.


I have no idea whatsoever how this series managed to slip under my radar! As it is, I stumbled upon it accidentally when I requested “Know Me Now” on Netgalley, not realising it was the third in a series. So, true to form, I bought the previous two and started at the beginning. I can tell you right now, this series is totally made for binge-reading!

Sometimes you start reading a book and before you’ve even finished the first page, you just know you’re onto a winner. That’s what happened to me when I picked up “Spare Me The Truth”. It took less than a minute for me to realise I was in for a treat and an incredibly eventful afternoon. Hook, line and bloody sinker!

The story starts when Dan Forrester is approached by a woman in a supermarket. She knows everything about him and needs his help. The problem is Dan has no idea who she is because he’s lost a huge chunk of his life after a traumatic experience. But the seed has been planted and Dan can’t stop himself from finding out some answers. What happened to him? Why can’t he remember? How did his son die? Can he trust anyone?

Lucy Davies used to work for the MET but when her attitude got her into trouble once again, she was transferred to a post in the country. She desperately wants to prove herself and find a way back to London. But when a young girl goes missing, Lucy quickly finds herself entangled in something far bigger than she bargained for.

This is one of the most fabulous thrillers I’ve ever read. With a thrill a minute, at times it felt like I forgot to breathe. C.J. Carver has created an exceptionally intricate plot and a web of lies and deceit that had me utterly enthralled. I won’t say any more because you need to read this book yourself and learn what happened to Dan.

Spare Me The Truth is the kind of thriller that grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let go. The kind of book you can’t put down, the kind of book where any interruption or distraction makes you want to throw a temper tantrum. So incredibly chilling, compelling and spine-tingling (in the best way possible), this action-packed and fast-paced story could easily be turned into a movie or a tv series. The various layers held my attention throughout and when all the pieces of the puzzle came together, you could have knocked me over with a feather! Absolutely loved it and I highly recommend you give this one a go! I promise it’s a corker!

Watch out for my reviews of the other two books in the series next week! Told you at the beginning, perfect for binge-reading. 😉

Spare Me The Truth was published in 2016 and is available for purchase!

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  6 comments for “Spare Me The Truth by C.J. Carver @C_J_Carver @BonnierZaffre

  1. December 16, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Great review! Isn’t it brilliant when a book hooks you from the first page!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. December 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Great review! 😊 You’ve convinced me to read this series. x

    Liked by 1 person

  3. December 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    That is an author whose name keeps popping up. I’ll have to ck him/her(?) out.

    Liked by 1 person

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