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Only the Devil Tells the Truth

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A thirty-three year old ex-alcoholic and drug addict, Nick Johnson has come a long way since his rough upbringing on the south side of San Jose, California. He’s had a taste of what most people would call success – a college degree, a well-paying office job, a beautiful wife, and a baby on the way. But his world still has a giant, gaping hole in it, right where his sense o ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Modern Minimalist Press
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Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was much better than I expected. After seeing the cover and reading the blurb, I was intrigued, but not enough to want to dive right into it straight away.
When I did start reading it though, I found it quite hard to put down. If I wasn't so busy these past few weeks, I probably would have finished the book in a day, or maybe even just one sitting!
I didn't like the beginning of the book when it was written in small time frames with marginal spaces of time in between them (does that eve
Jon Gregory
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and moving, the way this book reads is as a story within a story format which is difficult to pull off but Jake does it with skill. There are some heart wrenching scenes which keep you engaged with Nick, Henri, and Eric in this tale of redemption and recovery. While tracing years of ups and downs, it's a fast read as you find yourself cheering Nick on but wanting to smack him at the same time. I look forward to more from Jake, and would recommend this book to anybody who wants something ...more
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Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Life is a hard road, something a Starving Reviewer who scrapes by from literary meal to meal understands. This week, the pantry has produced a coming-of-age tale that professes to pull no punches, to deliver a slice of realism pie for its readers. The ingredient list sounds good, but does Mr. Parent produce once he gets in the kitchen? Let’s find out!

But first, put your hand over your heart as we recite the Starving Review creed:

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Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Parent does a good job of navigating difficult material without causing the reader to feel that they are having their emotions toyed with by the author. More emotional scenes are well-written and well-earned. Characters (even ones who only appear for a few pages,) feel unique from each other and real.

Nick Johnson is a believable character who becomes more interesting throughout the book as more about his past is revealed. By the end, I found myself rooting for him as he faces his problems head o
Doug Miller
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different kind of book that I really enjoyed. Lots of ups and downs with emotions and life's journeys.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Occasionally I read a book and think, "I want everyone I know to read this book," and this is one of those gems!!!
susan murray
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nick is unhappy with the way his life is going then a grammatical event happens and everything is turned upside down. Nick decides to write a book about his life which starts with his mother and how she coped with the cards life gave her. Nicks life has its ups and downs which he mostly causes through drugs and drink and at the extreme causes his best friend to get really hurt. Nick feels guilty and ends up losing everything especially his friends and all on his own . The book travels from prese ...more
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Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If not for having to go to work, I would have finished this book in one day. Simply told yet emotionally complex, it is a raw view of one screw-up's road to redemption and fulfilling his dreams.
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A page-turning creative work of words.

The characters in Only The Devil Tells The Truth are remarkable and deep. Each one sprung to life as the words on the pages effortlessly flowed from page to page. Painting their self portraits, and intertwining their personalities with their individual quirks that make up a strong, multi-layered and likable/unlikable character.
I found the chapter breaks a bit difficult to follow. The book was bouncing from "reality" to "story" (which is not a critique, jus
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Jake Parent is the author of Cristina, a psychological thriller. His first book, Only the Devil Tells the Truth, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. His influences include Charles Bukowski, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, John Steinbeck, Mac Dre, Honoré de Balzac, Ella Fitzgerald, John Sanford, Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Hemingway, and many more. He grew up in San Jose, CA but now lives in the Washington, DC area. ...more