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The Dark Side of Truth

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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
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published September 27th 2013 by Inertia Publishing
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Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was fantastic. I went in with absolutely no expectations, and I was beyond pleasantly surprised! It was a refreshing mystery with lots of twists I didn't see coming, despite my constant guessing.

The plot was awesome. The mystery was super intense and kept the reader confused until the end. The conspiracy theories were surprisingly interesting and amusing, something I never expected. I loved the historical application of the entire thing as it provided a whole new depth to the chara
Angela Dossett
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*I received a copy by author for my honest opinion.*

I was asked to read several books by this author. I looked over the books' description and found myself drawn to this one to read first. I've never read anything by this author before and I'm pleased to say that it was the best decision to read this story. I became so engrossed within the pages that I didn't realize how quickly I came to the end. I was totally amazed how much I enjoyed it.

In my opinion, there is not enough books for young male
Brenda Seaberg
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
I loved this book. It was a fun read, with thrills along the way. It had some touches of history with it, which worked well into the storyline. I will certainly be reading more by Gary!
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-reader copy of this book, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review. I actually received the Kobo version but don't know how to change the edition, so I guess I will review it here. :)

I absolutely ADORED this book.

When I first agreed to read it, I though it was going to be a typical "teen boy discovers body and gets in way over his head" kind of book. But, it was so much more than that, and it surpassed all of my preconceptions about this book.

Why I really liked this bo
Joanna Marie
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those looking to prep themselves for a good middle grade-YA mystery
I couldn't forget the first heartbreaking part. It was 5 years ago and it's his 10th birthday. Since Will Reed's mother died, childhood has been rough and challenging but good thing, his father kept him company and has always been a good father to him, working double to give at least a life he could enjoy. And as Will celebrates his 10th year, his dad made this day more special than eating cake in front of TV. Well, it was perfect but not until this birthday would also be his most regretful day ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
5/5 stars
The first word that comes to mind when I think about The Dark Side of the Truth is breathtaking (both literally and figuratively). Coming into this story I had already read multiple books by Gary Caruso and was blown away, so I had very high expectations. These expectations were blown out of the water once I hit the first page I was engaged. Everything around me ceased to exist as I was fully immersed in the adventure. I instantly fell in love with the characters, Gary Caruso created
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
The Dark Side of Truth is a mystery novel told in the first person. This is a story full of potential with some interesting qualities and a few excellent twists and turns.

The story is told from Will Reed’s point of view, a young teenager with a tough shell and a rough history. He made a good narrator for the story, mostly because he had such an emotional connection to the storyline. Due to his background Will had a tendency to see certain things quite negatively. The reader was pulled into the s
Justine Winans
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was actually surprised at how much I loved The Dark Side of Truth. I had already fallen for Our Souls to Keep, but this is an entirely new ball park. Yet, I still couldn't get enough of it. I don't think I realized how desperately I was looking for a great YA mystery until I found it in The Dark Side of Truth. I read the entire novel in one sitting, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that, it's impossible to put down.
The plot of The Dark Side of Truth is excellent. There was no point in which
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, kindle
A copy of The Dark Side of Truth was kindly sent to me by Gary A. Caruso in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes a book comes along that you’re not sure you’re going to like, that you read in dribs and drabs, unsure whether you want to carry on, saying a few times ‘nah I’m done with this now’, and suddenly you’ve finished the book and you realise that you did actually enjoy it and that the characters got under your skin whether you wanted them to or not. The Dark Side of Truth is that book.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 to
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like crime novels, suspense novels, plot twists
Recommended to Monika by: Gary A Caruso
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a truthful review.

Okay, first of all - the slowness with which i read this book had nothing to do with how awesome it was. I loved it. But school got crazy busy, and every night i was torn between studying (boo) or reading this awesome novel (which obviously didn't happen). Anyway, on to the real review.

Mr. Caruso, you did it again. I fell in love with your characters. They were awesome. Will, Mason, Mr. Burke. They all rocked
Char ღ Denae
From the first heart-breaking chapter, this book had me enthralled. It reminded me of the movie, 'National Treasure', with its historic details and clues, and kept my brain whirring with trying to figure out who the bad guys were.

The main character, Will, is a fifteen year old science geek hiding behind a foster care cut-up facade. Having lost his father when he was arrested the night of Will's 10th birthday, Will has been shuffled from one foster home, to another. His mother was hit by a car an
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely astounded that I liked The Dark Side of the Truth better than Gary Caruso's other book, Our Souls to Keep. Astounded. You know why? Because I LOVED that book and fantasy is more my style. I had never really taken to mystery books prior to this book (bad experiences) but this book proved otherwise.

The story was really gripping and which made it perfect for a readathon. I estimated it would take me maybe 2 days to read it but really, I read it in a couple of hours. Even the best o
Bridget Koan
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"The Dark Side of Truth" by Gary Caruso was wonderful and a refreshingly great read! I read Gary's first book, "Our Souls to Keep," and was immediately impressed by this new author. When presented with the opportunity to read his new book, I didn't hesitate even though it's a different genre for me. I'm very glad I said yes.

Without giving spoilers, "The Dark Side of Truth" is a YA story about a boy (Will) as he comes to terms w
Tammy Hall
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Side of Truth is one of the best mystery/Thriller books I have read in a long time. I loved reading this book! From the beginning to the very end it kept me guessing as to what would happen next. Every scene in this story was like watching a movie inside my head. I felt like the fly on the wall watching it all take place and enjoying every moment of it! When we first meet Will he is a happy go lucky 10 year old who has it all until it all falls apart in the matter of minutes. Then we me ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
** I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review**

This is a book better suited the the younger Young Adult readers, but that won't stop your enjoyment of it.

At first I thought that this book was a bit slow, however a while later I found that had been completely sucked in and couldn't put the book down.

I thought that Will and Mason gelled well as characters and Masons dad was awesome. In fact I think Mr Burke needs his own spin off novella or something he was that good,
Joseph Calvente
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Side of Truth, by Gary Caruso, is a riveting read that captivated my attention from beginning to end. I was most drawn in by the friendship dymanic between Will and Mason, which brings up the element of philia love in a way that doesn't seem forced or phony. I also appreciate that Mr. Caruso stayed away from the typical teen boy going through the story and then a romance happens his way type of ploy. Mr. Caruso stayed true to the characters and the plot without forcing the romance angle ...more
 ∙• Carol •∙
I just want to do a very short recap on this book because I loved it so much and hope to convince others to read too!

What a story! I really loved this book from the relationships between characters, the mystery surrounding the murders, the descriptions, the drama, the pacing....basically, everything about this book lured me in.

The plot was amazing I was honestly so surprised at the end! Since I don't normally read many mystery/crime stories, The Dark Side of Truth has definitely opened my eyes
Anna *no longer in use*
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Story begins as 10 years old Will Reed lives a life with his loving father. Everything changes as his father goes to jail for an armed robbery. 5 years later Will gets the news that his father is being released from prison. He lived his whole life with his foster parents and now his father is making an attempt to reconnect with him again. But when he and his new friend Mason find their teacher murdered, and Will acciden
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I really liked this book. I didn't really know what to expect but it is quite fast paced and interesting. I love that the author combined history, chemistry, mystery and blended it all into really great fiction. All the unexpected twists and turns were well organized and totally fit together perfectly and made sense. (view spoiler)

The chara
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
The Dark Side of Truth is a fantastic YA suspense/mystery book out there for young adults. Right from the beginning, you get sucked into a fast pace story with Will Reed. This story is written so well, that it’s a smooth ride from start to finish, having you turning the pages wanting to see what happens next. Will and Mason have such a great chemistry as friends, that you almost wish you could go back to school and re-live that experience. Being a Virginia native, it was nice seeing parts of our ...more
Let me start off by saying this was a fun read. It was like a YA Dan Brown Book.
I'm not one for giving a summary of a book because well, this is a review, not an 8th grade book report. Needless to say, this book was filled with a lot of loveable characters that truly has you rooting for them the entire time and hoping for the best. Will, his best friend Mason, and Mason's father Mr. Burke are a laugh-out loud funny, yet awkward team. But with all the laughs, there is danger and heart ache in thi
Marissa Ritter
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Dark Side of Truth" was by far one of the most intriguing books I have read in a long time. I could not put it down but when I had to I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was that good! Meeting the characters were by far one of my favorite parts. Each character was well described and relatable, where I could envision exactly how they looked or acted. The mystery itself was solid but took so many twists and turns and you would think that you had it all figured out and then the next chapter ...more
Ellen W-S
Gary Caruso writes one helluva action packed fast paced mystery adventure! I enjoyed every word on every page, I know my 14 year old son would enjoy this read. It is reminded me of a young adult book version of National Treasure!
Thanks for the read request Gary and I think you have a big seller on your hands! 4.5 stars!
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-review
I received a copy of this story in exchange for a honest review. This young adult mystery was full of suspense. The writing was easy to read and the descriptions of the "treasure hunt" was very detailed. The story grabs the readers attention especially if you have an interest in historical battlefields.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One word sum up: amazing. I couldn't put it down. Loved the ending.
Ryan Snyder
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
See this review and others at Book- Marks The Spot

**provided copy for honest review
rating: 3.8/5

I have to be honest. I do not usually read books about characters younger than 17- 16 at the youngest. I do read suspense and mystery, but never with such a young character at the forefront. I also do not read many books that center on a friendship between two characters as the main relationship of the novel. Despite all this, I genuinely enjoyed this book. Will, the protagonist was a troubled young m
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, r-r-s
Thank you Gary Caruso for a copy of this book to do an honest read2review!

**there are a few minor spoilers**

First of all, this book was just wow. As soon as I read the first chapter, I was intrigued as to what came next. It all starts out with Will's dad being arrested. Five years later, Will pretty much hates his dad and doesn't want anything to do with him. End of story. Except it isn't. Will meets Mason, a guy who goes to the same school as Will, and they go out geocaching. That's when the re
Hannah (Broc's Bookcase)
I was offered the chance to read this book, and as I am attempting to expand on my bookish tastes I agreed to give it a go. However I think that readying this book has just confirmed what I already knew, that crime/murder mysteries aren't really for me.

The story line was very clever and well written. However at times I found it difficult to keep myself reading. I don't think my mind is logical enough for stories like this. I kept waiting to get into it but never really got there.

Will and Mason m
Merril Anil
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Author's hand down

First of all a huge thanks to Gary Caruso, the author of "The dark side of Truth" for lending me a copy to read and review.

The book turned out to be another superb piece just like his other works and i had a fun time reading it.

What i liked about the book is the language and the narration style which is simple and fast paced and moves from one to another scene quit effectively and in a smooth manner and the development of the story is good. Love the central character and acts t
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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 ...more
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