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Close to the Truth

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Is the truth worth dying for?

TV biologist, Jasmine Heydon, escaped Bitterwood once. She was 16 and run out of town by the cops for the crime of being born on the wrong side of the tracks. Ten years later, she's changed a lot but Bitterwood hasn't. The town's only claim to fame is the legend of the River Man, a murderous creature who first killed a century ago. Back in town
ebook, 180 pages
Published January 4th 2020 by Escape Publishing
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Linda Strong
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jasmine Heydon is back in her hometown. When she was 16, the sheriff ran her out of town by threatening her family. Her crime ... born on the wrong side of the tracks ... and getting up close and personal with the sheriff's son.

It's been 10 years and she hasn't looked back, not even once. She turned her life around, got a college education, and now is back in town with her colleagues to film a show about the town's claim to fame.

The River Man has been around since his first kill a century ago. P
Karen Roma
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Close to The Truth has the foundation of an interesting suspense story, but lacked the impact I’d expect from this type of novel due the author’s tendency to provide an overwhelming amount of information which tends to overshadow the premise of the storyline. I liked Jasmine and Gil but felt more time should have been spent developing their characters and less on unnecessary descriptions. Overall, it was an Ok story, but not the best I’ve read from this author.
Wayward Readers (Tarrah Marie)
The general premise and plot line of this novel was interesting and held some originality. However, there was a level of disconnect in the writing that drew too much of the reader’s attention away from the narrative. Husk provides an overabundance of foreshadowing and perpetuates unnecessary details in the storyline that eliminates that feeling of apprehension expected from a suspense novel. Attention may have been better served in character development as the cast feels somewhat emotionally una ...more
Angel Hatfield
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gil didn’t really want to look at the deer's body but the committee had nominated him to go because of his connection to the police -his father. Three days before the River Man festival -biggest thing on Bitterwoods calendar. Gil knew why he’d been told to get out here a hundred years. A hundred years ago six hundred yards was where a man had been disemboweled twenty years ago. Gil knew what he was gonna see. The cop said he didn’t mean to say anything to the mayor but there were footprints and ...more
Doris Vandruff
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jasmine had left her hometown of Bitterwood when she was young. She had been threatened that if she didn't leave her family would pay.
She left and lived with her aunt. Now she is a zoologist in a reality TV show. A show that proves whether olds stories are true or false.
Her crew are headed for Bitterwood. She is hoping no on remembers her. She does remember Gil her high school crush. That was the reason she was chased out of town. His father who was the chief of police had caught them in a compr
Ivory Castle
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Jasmine Heydon was 16 local police encouraged her to leave town due to her family connections and dating the son of the town sheriff. Now a biologist appearing on a successful TV show she returns to Bitterwood with her crew to run a segment on a local legend. Several deaths in the past have been attributed to The River Man but lack the evidence to support this theory.
Gilbert Easton was her teenage boyfriend and has never forgotten Jasmine or her abrupt departure. Both grew up in a town wher
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Close to the Truth is a nice blend of mystery thriller and romance in a small town where prejudice rules the day. Protagonists Jasmine Heydon and Gil Easton were teenage lovers ten years earlier until the day Jasmine left town to make her own way in the world. Jasmine is a complex character, a mix of confident scientist and insecure young woman, not quite certain of her worth when it comes to a relationship with Gil. He, on the other hand, has always lived on the right side of the tracks and, ap ...more
Johnna Whetstone
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3-4 star read, which had some engaging parts and could’ve been a higher rated suspense tale, but lacked some things which ultimately brought down the level of enjoyment I had in it. It has some good premises, but I felt the author was too involved in some of the story, and completely ignored the other parts, which sort of made me feel that the book was missing parts and just not my favorite read. Overall, I think if you like suspense with underlying stories of two characters life in past and pre ...more
Cathy Thompson
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ten years earlier Jasmine was ran out of town. Now a TV biologist , she's back to film a show about the River Man , a murderous creature . Clever and wonderfully chilling thriller ! Thanks to Netgalley and Escape Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book ! #Netgalley #EscapePublishing
I really liked the premise of the story but I think you can get more out of it. The whole story remained rather superficial (f.e. the reasons behind the whole River Man charade...) And unfortunately there was no epilogue for more explanation either.

But as already said, I liked the story per se 👍🏻
Tracie R
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed the premise of Close To The Truth. A gripping story with the main characters Jasmine and Gil likable and their interaction engaging. I look forward to reading more by this author
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Close to the Truck by Shona Husk has a great premise and is quite interesting. There is a good mystery with a bit of romance woven in. Enjoyable read and a beautiful cover.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Close To The Truth is imaginative and interesting. I liked Jasmine and Gil. Jasmine's job was unique and really fit the story. Jasmine's backstory certainly made her a more colorful character.

Husk could have created more tension between these two. The story lent itself to a real back and forth between old hurts, misconceptions and strong attraction yet at times their relationship rebuilding itself seemed too easy. More tension would have fit and would have created a more delicious build up to r
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Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.

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