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The Truth About Thea

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Will, a recovering heroin addict-turned-counselor for whom truth is a championed element to recovery, has a dark secret — shared with no one outside of his anonymous AA meetings. Over twenty years ago, after an ultimatum from his pregnant ex-wife, Will was forced to assume a new identity and to fake his own death to get out from under his dealer and user-friends once and f ...more
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Published October 17th 2017 by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!

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As I may have mentioned, I love books that have anything to do with social media…and when this book crossed my path, I just knew I had to read it.

Will Cann is a recovering heroin addict who now helps others on their path to recovery. He works as a counselor at Juniper Lane, which is a renowned rehab facility. He came in as a patient, and now twenty-three years later, he’s one of the facilities most respected coun
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ninja
This will be one hell of a tricky review to write, there is SO much I wish I could say but it would all be one gigantic spoiler and y’all know I don’t do that. Whatever you think this book will be about based on the description doesn’t even come close to what it’s actually about, it goes in many unexpected directions and just when I thought I knew where it was headed Impellizzeri would throw a huge curveball and knock the entire book on its head. It’s twisty, dark, shocking and so very satisfyin ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Truly, I expected enjoy The Truth about Thea, because it features a favorite theme, multiple identities. But being an ex-English teacher, the horrible grammar was intolerable. (Yes, that dangling participle is intentional!) We encounter: “He reached across the space dividing he and Audrey” [“him”!--verb requires object case]; “And Audrey decided to believe Greg when he said that. Another one of those misguided decisions in hindsight” [sentence fragment]); “He kept looking @ her furtively, like h ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really can't tell you anything about this book because anything I say could be a spoiler - or maybe not! This is a wonderful book full of twists and turns and major surprises. The main character, , Thea, can't seem to tell the truth about anything or is she really telling the truth? She is in rehab for addiction to social media but her issues go much deeper than that. She is a complex character and just when the reader thinks that they know the truth - it all changes again. This is a book that ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Fresh, twisty and gripping. I had been eagerly awaiting this book since I stumbled upon the “pre-order” page on Amazon a few months back. Often, I find the books I am so excited for to end up being disappointing. I’m happy to report this was certainly not the case with The Truth About Thea. Looking at social media as an addiction, especially when juxtaposed with opiate addiction is quite a feat. There was definitely potential for Impellizzeri to cheapen addiction and the struggle and I was glad ...more
Heather Gudenkauf
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clever, mind-bending and darkly original, THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA had me hooked from page one. In Thea Brown, Amy Impellizzeri has created a brilliant, complicated, flawed character that gets under your skin and stays there. Fast-paced and twisty, the unexpected ending will have you gasping for air.
Aida Alberto
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from the Great Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own. I started this book not thinking much of it because for the most part I plodded along thinking how much more do I have to read until I can give up on it? Surprise, surprise when I thought I had reached that point Amy Impellizzeri threw me a curve ball. It became a sly and sneaky book that creeps up on you. She crooks her finger at you saying come a little closer. Read a little more. She paced this ...more
Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
4.5 stars

Wow. Not sure what to say to not be a spoiler. I thought from the book description that I was reading a book about one thing. Then I started the book and for about the first 1/4, I thought I was reading a book about something else. But when I finished all I could think is "what just happened? this was totally not what I thought. " All in a good way.

Impellizzeri brings up an interesting point. Is addiction to social media as strong or as dangerous and destructive as other addictions.

Susan Peterson
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lies. Deceit. Addiction. Reinvention. The Truth About Thea revolves around those themes..and so much more. This story took me on such a twisted journey...every time I thought I’d figured out the truth, I’d be astounded to find out how wrong I was. Do we ever really know someone’s truth...or even our own? This story enthralled and mesmerized me, filled with unreliable characters whose truths and lies were unpredictable and unexpected.
Suze Lavender
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Will got a second chance, something he's grateful for every day. He was a heroine addict with a large debt he couldn't pay off and his life was in danger. His wife, a pathologist, gave him the opportunity to disappear. Will turned his life around and is now a counsellor, helping addicts on their way to recovery. Will only shares his secret in his support meetings with other addicts and the last thing he expects is being confronted with his past, but that's exactly what happens.

Will's new patient
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a book with this many twists in a long time. Just when I think I got it…yea, nope. Impellizzeri switches it up on you and adds even more depth and secrets to the story. Each character is so interwoven with each other, I am convinced the author needed a story web to plan and plot and intertwine and of course, to keep it all straight. The suspense, the stories, the characters- all are incredibly well written. I didn’t know what was what until the very last page. To be that continuou ...more
Susan Haught
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wfwa
This is one of those books that leaves your mouth hanging open...and not just for a minute. I kept shaking my head wondering how I missed THAT twist! I had most of the plot twists figured out (and I'm not particularly good at this) but holy smokes--I did NOT see that ending coming. It's one that sort of whops you up side of the head and then keeps poking at you hours later.

The writing was good, the characters fleshed out nicely, and the story kept me intrigued from the beginning. I enjoy storie
Donna Hines
A very challenging uniquely explosive read about recreating new personas uses aliases with new identifying markers to hide from deeply troubled pasts.
Deeply woven between the fabric is lies that have sadly become the foundation upon which to rebuild leaving a trail of destruction behind for Will Cann (heroine addict turned counselor ) and Thea Brown ( a troubled young lady with a disturbed past now college student). Oh and a pathological liar .
I love my PA roots but I'll tell you this had me gas
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One word for this story? Twisted. This novel kept me guessing until the very end. There are stories that intertwine and other stories that lay the ground work for characters that you care about. I absolutely loved it

In this novel (the author's third) the author takes the reader down a rabbit hole filled with intricate stories, truths and lies. In weeding through each story there are blink and you'll miss them clues to make you second guess all things you considered. The author keeps true to her
Christine Moore
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ninja
Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. It is a book about lies, truth, and addiction. Every time I thought I had the truth figured out, I was completely wrong. It kept me guessing until the very end which I did read three times as I couldn't believe it! The characters have so many dimensions and you have to whittle away the layers to find their truth. This is a book I will be recommending to all my friends and family as a must read!!! I received an advance ...more
Beverly Duffy
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popsugar-2018
Wow ! This was a suspenseful book about addiction and the lies that come with it. I couldn’t put it down. It had so many good twist and surprises that I didn’t see coming. I can’t wait to read more of her books. Thank you Amy Imellizzeri for this book giveaway.
Robbie White
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story - very well and intelligently written. Filled with twists and turns and just when you think you have it figured out - you haven't!
I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.
Kimberly Belle
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A man’s past and a woman’s present collide in Amy Impellezzeri’s latest up-all-night thriller where nothing is as it seems. Filled with questionable characters, long-held secrets, and a tangled web of twists and turns, The Truth about Thea will keep readers guessing who — if anyone — can be trusted. A perfectly compelling read all the way to the shocking end.

Five shiny ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Leslie Lindsay
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dark, intricate, mind-bending tale of truth, addiction, and reinvention.

THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA is the third book for Impellizeri, and it's such a twisty, gripping ride, you'll have to buckle up to follow the labyrinth through social media, addiction, and deceitful behavior.

Will is a recovering heroin addict turned counselor, for whom truth is important to recovery. But his past is dark and shrouded with secrets.Now, Will has Thea in his counseling group at Juniper Lane. Thea has been diagnosed w
Jaymi The OC Book Girl
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thea means truth. This was an incredible read, dark and twisty and so cleverly written! Audrey and Thea are mother and daughter and they both have some very big secrets. Modern and fast paced we are taken down a world of drugs and addictions and lies and alibis. Reinvention is a big theme. Social Media addiction is another. What would you do if you were given a second chance, a do-over, what if it deprived or destroyed someone else? Gorgeously written, detailed characters that are so real. So ma ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Complex and addiction. Those are the two words that describe this novel as well as its characters (there's irony there). In THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA, Amy Impellizzeri weaves a tale of treacherous deception with compelling motivation. It has a starkly contemporary and believable plot, and the best character name ever: Will Cann.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Again, a tale revealed in slight moves, the plot intensifies & keeps you on the edge until the "truth" is revealed. And, the dress from a previous story makes a creepy reappearance in this one (I LOVE THAT).

The whole Morris clan - what tragedy! And, Kira, her truth is equally tragic.

Redemption in the end, this story is another one by Impellizzeri which will linger in my mind for days.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of twists and turns I didn't see coming! From the get-go I could tell somebody wasn't telling the truth but I couldn't figure it out. And just when I thought I did, I was proven wrong! There is some deep character development and a mix of personalities in here that kept the pace steady and the plot intriguing. I think what I liked most though, was the ending! If you like guessing "who did it" and figuring out complex plot lines, then you should check this book out!

I received an advance revi
Carla Suto
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA by Amy Impellizzeri is a fast-paced, compelling suspense thriller that captured my attention from start to finish. The story is filled with secrets and lies, twists and turns and nothing is as it originally appears. The characters are complex and their individual stories are woven together in a fascinating and unpredictable way. The exciting plot kept me guessing right up to the very end. The storyline is modern, edgy and extremely well-executed. It is hard to say more witho ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from the Great Thoughts Great Readers Ninja Review Team in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I enjoyed this book and all its twists and turns. I had no idea where it was going and every time I thought I knew what was happening I was wrong.

That said, this was a hard book to read on a kindle. There were many times I wanted to flip back through the pages to make sense of characters and that wasn’t possible on my kindle.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sent to me free in the mail, this book has everything: a fundamental lack of understanding of punctuation, full pages of character dialogue spoken like absolutely no real life human being, multiple improbable identity thefts, and a recovering heroin user who attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

This was a joyless slog to read, and my brain kept hiccuping over the misuse of em dashes, missing commas, extra spaces after periods (sometimes there were three!), and generally struggling with what fe
Woman (Thea) enters rehab for a social media addiction. How does her story connect with her counselor (Will), a former heroin addict? Will he discover the truth about Thea? And, what role does Will's girlfriend (Margot, the rehab facility's fundraising queen) play in all of it?

Thea owns a social media company called Alibis which "helps people pretend they are somewhere they are not. At a time they are not. It helps them pretend they are something they are not."

"Tell me the story you want me
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this book and found that it wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be.
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway, in exchange for my honest review.
Betty Hutchinson
You won't see it coming!

I give this book 5 stars only because I can't give it more. Addiction has many faces and affects more than the addicted individual. This is a story of just how true that statement is. Lies, deceit, addiction, as well as second chances full the pages of this book. We never know who another person really is, we only know the story that they want to share. This book takes you on a journey through the lives of several people affected by addiction, it shares their truths as th
Nancy Burkey
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amy Impellizzeri has outdone herself in this third novel about deception, lies, and the complex motives behind tightly held secrets. Many reviewers have raved about the twists, turns, and unforeseen paths this intricate plot takes. All true, and one cannot over-sell this part of Impellizzeri's writing. But for me, the true joy of reading The Truth About Thea lies in the experience of being inside of Thea's head. Her perspective on the world, her snarky (yet not tediously so) observations of othe ...more
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