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Harkening back to the writing styles and small town settings of the earlier American authors – John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and Carson McCullers - "Only the Truth" is a psychological mystery with as many twists as the country road leading to the humble home of Billy Ray Hutchins, a lonely uneducated man living in the hills of Arkansas. Life changes little for him from day t...more
Kindle Edition, 148 pages
Published March 4th 2012 by Pat Brown
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Rick
I bought this not knowing for sure what I was getting into. So here's MY take...no spoilers!

Did you see the movie Winter's Bone? Whether you did or not: you get immersed in a world right here in the U.S. that seems totally foreign to you. Great characters that introduce you to ways of thought, lifestyles and depth of feeling that draw you close to them.

Our hero is illiterate and has an outhouse. He is also fiercely loyal and more intuitive than you'd think. He befriends a stranger, based on gut...more
Krisi Keley
This story of Billy Ray Hutchins, a simple and innocent soul living alone and lonely in the mountains of Arkansas until he meets and falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Charlene, is a very interesting and well-written mystery-suspense that also touches on the deeper subjects of mental illness and abuse. After a chapter or two of getting used to Billy Ray’s slangy first-person narration, I really began to appreciate how well this and the author’s excellent character development enab...more
Anita Porterfield
When Billy Ray happens upon a befuddled little waif with a red suitcase standing by the railroad tracks, he approaches her. The girl’s name is Charlene and she asks Billy Ray if she can go home with him. He picks up her suitcase, takes her hand, and they walk the three miles down Makin Road to Billy Ray’s house.

Except for Big Dog, Billy Ray has no family. He’s lived his entire life in the same house on Makin road. Billy Ray’s daddy died before he was born and his momma shortly after. His aunty m...more
Elizabeth
Billy Ray is the narrator of the story. He is uneducated and may suffer from a disability. Parts of his character are not too brright and then attuned becomes to a moment way before others do. Billy takes in a woman who just shows up oneday. They start a relationship and everything is going well until an old man shows up and leaves Charlemagne out of sorts. One night Billy Ray heads to town for cigarettes and candy. Upon his return he finds the old mans house is on fire. Charlene says the old ma...more
Mike
This would have merited four and a half stars except for the ending. Fast wind-up is often a good thing but here it was too brusque and felt unsatisfactory although all the threads were tied up. Not entirely all the threads since, unless I missed something, the riddle of Billy Ray's relationship regarding the photo was not explained at all. The police also seemed a little too eager to accept their own reading of the possible crime scene.
Otherwise a well-written tale with the hero an illiterate b...more
Kayla
I borrowed this book from Kindle's Owner Library, thinking to read a book outside of my normal genres. And boy did I. This book was, I guess for lack of a better definition, a psychological mystery. The character of Billy Ray in this story is touching. You can't help but to feel for him as he struggles internally with his feelings for others, himself, and mostly "Charlene". This book has so many twists. You don't really know what to make of the character Charlene. It does have at least one unans...more
Kim Pike
This was a very quick read. The twists and characters kept me interested all the way through.
Karen
Only the Truth is the story of Billy Ray Hutchins, an Arkansas man who lives a simple life with his companion, Big Dog, until he meets a vagrant young woman and takes her into his home. Overall, the story is compelling. Narrator and main character Billy Ray's voice is folksy and engaging. Only the Truth definitely has its good moments, but there were a few problems with this book that I found hard to ignore.

The first issue was simply a matter of style: whether other characters in the story are...more
Tracy
~* 4.5 Stars *~
A Simple Man, A Complex Mystery, A Great Read

He found her standing by the railroad tracks, a small suitcase at her feet. Billy Ray didn't know who she was. Didn't know how long she'd been there. When he approached her, and she gazed at him quietly, he had no idea what to do with her.

She asked him who he was. She asked him if she could go with him. So Billy Ray took her home.

Even after two years, Billy Ray doesn't quite understand Charlene, but he also doesn't much figure he needs...more
Jenna
We follow along with Billy Ray as he meets Charlene and carries on with a humble little life on the mountain. Content with being a street sweeper and coming home to Charlene and Big Dog, Billy Ray doesn't question any of Charlene's oddness. She does not leave the home and is a bit of a hermit, but Billy Ray is happy and she seems so too, so that is all that matters. As the story progresses, Billy Ray becomes confused by Charlene when she suddenly is even more withdrawn. This is further confounde...more
Marti
I really liked this book a lot. If I could give it 4 1/2 stars, I would do that. It centers around a man, Billy Ray Hutchins, who is determined to find out the truth about the girl he took in no matter what that truth actually entails. She just showed up one day, asked if she could go home with him, and he obliged. They live together happily for a couple of years until an old man moves in across the road from them. The girl suddenly becomes silent and sad and before too long, the old man is burn...more
Christy
I really liked this, but I also like Pat Brown. Pat is able the keep her readers captivated and curious. Billy Ray, a poor, illiterate man who stays to himself happens upon a young woman - Charlene and takes her home with him. For two years they live happily until a man moves in next door. Charlene's mood and demeanor change, she pretty much stops talking. Then one day, the old man next door mysteriously dies as his house burns to the ground. Initially, Billy Ray is accused and arrested - that i...more
Valerie
I'd like to give this 3 1/2 stars. This is the story about Billy Ray, an illiterate man who leads a simple life with Big Dog. (His character reminded me a lot of Forrest Gump.) One day he comes across a young girl near the train tracks who asks to go home with him. They live together in happiness for a couple of years until an old man moves in across the street, and then trouble and mystery ensues.

It's a compelling read that kept me hooked to the end. However, I had a few issues with the ending...more
Marie
I got this free on kindle...I actually enjoyed the simple character Billy Ray's point of view...and I did want to keep reading. However, the ending was wrapped up way too quickly and conveniently. Also, there were a few things in the ending that still made no sense to me whatsoever.
Lesley Ryan
Compelling

interesting twists and turns which engage the reader's attention. Surprise ending but believable. I would have liked more background on the protagonist. Story takes place during current times and probably should be 1980s.
Huw Thomas
The tale of Sweet Billy Ray and Charlene unfolds in deceptively simple style. There’s a folksy, almost whimsical way in which Billy tells the story of how this mysterious young girl comes into his life.

Then comes the drama and the mystery. It kept me entertained and it’s all told at a nice pace but the characters and their actions don’t quite ring true all the time. I also guessed the ending well before the end and there was an annoying ‘clue’ which was heavily built up in the last third of the...more
Yusuf
This was an interesting novel. Granted it did clean up too nicely, sort of like a police procedural episode, but much more complex in plot and mystery. You will be left guessing until the end and the ride was an exciting and interesting one. One thing that did frustrate me was one of the major subplots went unanswered. I was waiting for an answer for this when it was first mentioned. I thought that maybe it was me who missed something but I did a little research and discovered that the author di...more
Barbara Venkataraman
I loved this book. Told in first person by an uneducated, simple man, the story never hits a false note. It's a mystery, a love story and a slice of life. The protagonist is endearing and I wish he had another story to tell me.
Rebecca
A very well done mystery with an unusual narrator. The narrator isn't a bright young man, but he is compassionate and tries to do right. The narration is very well done. The writing is proper enough to be comfortable to the reader, but still conveys the character's lower than average intelligence and a believable style of speech. It "sounds" like he is telling his story himself and I could hear it in my head as I read. His emotional struggles in the book are both realistic and touching.

I am not...more
Shannon Clark
A twisting and turning mystery about Billy Ray, a simple man, who falls in love with someone who isn't who he thinks she is.

I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this book. I couldn't remember when I had downloaded it to my kindle, and I hadn't heard anyone talking about this book.

I ended up liking it a lot. It wasn't full of action or anything, but I did keep wanting to turn the page to see what would come up next.

I REALLY ended up liking Billy Ray's character and totally fe...more
Howard Katzoff
A real thriller

Wow! I've never read anything like it. Don't plan on sleeping while you're in the middle of it. Great writing and an incredible story line.
Pat Cegan
Sweet and charming

unexpected twists and turns told by a simple man who leaves one feeling like there are good people in the world.
Michelle
An emotional rollercoaster with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. The twist ending efficiently explains the previously inexplicable scenes in the novel and redeems the main characters. It's all very convincing. In most drama novels, you go into it expecting some cliched twist, and usually aren't disappointed. In Only the Truth, each new clue feels like it contributes to the plot and reveals some fundamental truth about the character it involves, not like it's filler or hiding a secr...more
Talkalicious
This book will take you to the hills of Arkansas and to Billy Ray. Sometimes you want to shake him and other times you admire him. I had to find out the truth.
Janice
Billy Ray takes home a drifter and settles into life with this woman. He never asks for more, her last name or anything. He is content to live day to day. Author tries to explain this away by hinting that he's a little slow. Well, for someone a little slow, he's able to figure out quite a lot. And seems to have a lot of questions later.

Anyway, girl comes into boy's life, boy doesn't question, neighbor dies in fire while boy is out for cigarettes, girl arrested for murder, boy works to free girl...more
Virginia
don't remember. e-book. read 2013. See Amazon review.
Macpudel
I was ready to dismiss this as a trite tale of the black child-man and the white trash siren, but then...there were twists.
Lisa
Easy read, but very satisfying.
Sally Beaudean
Only the Truth is definitely a quick read. The characters are interesting. The story is told from the point of view of Billy Ray Hutchins -- an uneducated black man with an amazingly kind heart. The reader is immediately taken in by Billy Ray's goodness. The plot moves along a bit too quickly for my taste and the resolution if somewhat abrupt. In spite of these "weaknesses", however, I still liked the book. It's refreshing to read about a young man who, in spite of his impoverished lifestyle is...more
Louise
I enjoyed it.
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