The Simple Truth by James Buckler

Author : James
Title : The Simple Truth
Pages : 360
Publisher : Transworld
Publication date : January 5, 2023
Source : Netgalley

| ABOUT THE BOOK |

A young woman is dead.

A very wealthy client needs a favour. You’re newly qualified as a lawyer and this could be your big break, so you jump at the chance.

The case is about to be closed.

All you have to do is talk to a family, ask them to sign some papers. How difficult could it be? Their daughter was found dead at a beauty spot on the outskirts of London in what you’re told was a tragic suicide.

Only you can uncover what really happened.

But the truth is never that simple. And this case could cost you your life…

| MY THOUGHTS |

When Lewis Miller is handed a special assignment by the big boss at the City law firm he works at, he thinks he might finally be moving on up in the world. All he has to do is ask a family to sign a non-disclosure agreement and give them a cheque. Failing to accomplish this seemingly simple task would probably spell the end of his career, but seriously, how hard can this be? Something doesn’t feel entirely right, though. The family’s daughter was found dead from an apparent suicide in a beauty spot on the outskirts of London. Lewis isn’t convinced but digging into this case might not just finish off his career before it has well and truly started; it may end up costing him his life.

The Simple Truth‘ is told via various points-of-view from a bunch of characters that are obviously somehow connected. Maybe it’s due to all of that switching back and forth that I felt the story took a little too long to actually get going. Yet, I remained hopeful about its potential as I tried to figure out the connections before they were revealed to me. Tis indeed true, the truth is rather simple. Despite some red herrings popping up now and again, I really didn’t think the ultimate conclusion came as a surprise.

However, through it all is Lewis Miller. Lewis hasn’t had the best time so far, but he is determined to get ahead in life and this City law firm job is going to get him there. However, something feels rather icky about the whole Maria Brennan case, leaving a dirty taste in Lewis’ mouth and when the lawyer looking after the family’s interests dies in a traffic accident, Lewis realises there is a lot more going on than he has been told. After all, there are no coincidences. Suddenly, this precious opportunity his boss has given him is beginning to feel like a poisoned apple, and Lewis is determined to find out the truth about what happened to Maria. Meanwhile other people are just as determined to keep that truth hidden.

Throw in some dirty money and good-for-nothing men, drugs and a bunch of Russians, and maybe worst of all … lawyers and their rich, privileged clients and you have yourself an enjoyable thriller. So maybe I felt the plot was a tad simple and predictable. Maybe some of the characters were quite cliché and stereotypical, and maybe I expected that little bit more. All in all, I was entertained but I wouldn’t exactly call ‘The Simple Truth‘ memorable.

(with apologies for the rusty reviewing skills)

With thanks to the publisher for the advanced review copy, which I received via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  3 comments for “The Simple Truth by James Buckler

  1. January 5, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Great review 💗

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 7, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Fab review! Sometimes the fact that a story is able to entertain is enough… I do like the sound of this one. xx

    Liked by 1 person

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