Book Review: The Simple Truth by James Buckler

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…


As you can see, the blurb of The Simple Truth gives very little of the plot line away. This led me to believe I was going to read a psychological thriller. However, I could say this is more of a drama/legal thriller.

That didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. While those genres are usually what I go for, there was enough going on to keep me interested. I like that it was told from several character points of view. It meant different angles and levels of enjoyment; as with many books, some characters I took to more than others. Lewis is certainly the central character and I liked him the most. Although working for a top law firm, his humble beginnings make him someone you want to succeed. He is a very likeable character and balances the less-than-savoury people you also meet.

The plot of The Simple Truth is pretty fast paced, and I would also consider it quite modern. There are enough twists and red herrings to keep you guessing the final outcome. If you are an observant reader, there are a number of clues that will help you along the way.

Sounds interesting? You can read The Simple Truth here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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