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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 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 for all. Now Will is counseling Thea, a young woman who has been diagnosed with a pathological addiction to creating fake social media identities, and who founded a start-up company (“Alibis”) that created false internet identities for clients, many with suspect pasts. Thea’s addiction has landed her in rehab as a condition of her parole — after a plea bargain cut short a court case that would have put both Thea and Alibis on trial for a very high-profile crime. As Will works with Thea, the truth is put into motion on a collision course. Both Will's, and his young client's, secrets start to unravel ... and reveal, at long last, the truth about Thea.


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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 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 for all. Now Will is counseling Thea, a young woman who has been diagnosed with a pathological addiction to creating fake social media identities, and who founded a start-up company (“Alibis”) that created false internet identities for clients, many with suspect pasts. Thea’s addiction has landed her in rehab as a condition of her parole — after a plea bargain cut short a court case that would have put both Thea and Alibis on trial for a very high-profile crime. As Will works with Thea, the truth is put into motion on a collision course. Both Will's, and his young client's, secrets start to unravel ... and reveal, at long last, the truth about Thea.

30 review for The Truth About Thea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    4.5 Stars!! My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 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 4.5 Stars!! My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 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 counselors. But Will has a secret… a big secret. “Some nights were easier to ignore the demons. This was not going to be one of those nights” After seeing the news that evening, Will knows he needs to get to a meeting. Every now and then he needs to share his secrets. Sharing his past in a room full of strangers’ helps and Will appreciates the confidentiality and understanding that AA meetings provide. “You can be forgiven. What you’ve done is nothing compared to what I’ve done” Will has just found out he’s going to have a new patient at Juniper Lane. Her name is Thea Thea Brown is not like any patient Will has ever treated but he hopes he can help her and maybe she can help some of the others in the group that are also struggling. Thea has a very complicated relationship with her mother and her father is dead. She doesn’t seem to have any real friends’ just online ones. Thea started a company called “Alibis”. People hired her for a variety of reasons but to put it simply, she’s hired to create fake social media profiles and fake social media lives. “It 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” But the lines of reality have started to distort and now her own life has become a façade. And after a client goes too far, Thea and Alibis both end up in trouble. Thea is arrested and is given a choice between staying in jail or going to rehab. Thea sees a list of words that apparently describe her. Words like sociopath, delusional, narcissistic etc. But there’s one word on the list that bugs her more than all of the others combined …. ADDICTION. Thea doesn’t think she’s addicted to anything. If she’s addicted than it means she’s “out of control”. If she’s addicted then she’s her father’s daughter. Thea doesn’t want to be anything like her father. However, the “expert” thinks she’s addicted to social media ….and if Thea doesn’t want to go to prison? Then she’ll have to play along. Is Thea really addicted to social media? She doesn’t think she is. Is she in denial? Both Thea and Will have so many secrets. What will happen when everyone’s secrets finally come to light? The book explores the hold that social media can have and the many ways in which it can be used. It also addresses other issues including addiction and rehabilitation. I felt that the author portrayed these issues in an accurate way while still writing a very entertaining story. “I am addiction. Were you looking for me? No matter. You have found me” “The Truth About Thea” has an interesting and intriguing story-line that grabbed my attention from the very beginning. With many twists and turns, secrets and lies we don’t know who to trust and nothing is as it seems. There are many complex characters and their individual story-lines are woven together in the best possible way. An exciting novel with a very unique plot that kept me guessing right up until the very end. I am looking forward to reading more from Amy Impellizzzeri. Thank you to Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing for providing a copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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 satisfying! While Thea and Will are the two main characters this is filled with a supporting cast that all have questionable motivations as well. It’s the type of book where you should pay close attention to what’s going on and even then I really doubt you’ll be able to predict what’s coming next. The plotting is meticulous and super intricate, when things started to come together I was in awe, shock doesn’t even come close to explaining what I felt. One angle I absolutely loved was Thea’s addiction to social media, it was fascinating and so current. The whole thing was sharp, clever and very well executed, there were several head spinning revelations and the lies kept stacking up, when the truth about Thea (and everyone else!) was revealed I was stunned, what a surprising and memorable read. I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kupersmith

    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 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 he was testing her” [“as if he were testing her”!]. To see what she would say” [sentence fragment!]; “There were times she missed the complete dependence he had on her. The way he often needed Audrey’s around-the-clock care for days or weeks on end” [sentence fragment!]; ‘but Greg and Trudy’s introduction into their lives left less and less time for Audrey/Thea time” [when’s that?]; “Audrey was always trying to disavow Thea of the notion” [“disenchant” “disillusion” “dissuade”?]. . . At which point I decided to DNF. Yet I had to look ahead @ the acknowledgements to find out if the author thanked an editor. She did! But I’ve expunged the editor’s name from my memory & if you’ve made the mistake of buying this book, please don’t look. As a former editor myself, I’m aware that the only time ever we notice an editor’s presence is when we fail to do the job properly. I suspect these faults escaped into print because there were so many that the editor was simply overwhelmed. When you have to rewrite almost every sentence. Impossible to concentrate. But @ 1/3 through enough reader/author time wasted on this book. Especially with inchoate/slow plot development. Whatever the editor’s fee, it cannot have been enough to warrant taking on this Augean Stable of grammatical eccentricities.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    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 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 will keep you reading long into the night just to find out what the truth really is. It's one of my favorite books of the year and one that I am still thinking about several days after I read the last page. I highly recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 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 to see this didn’t happen, given the current epidemic in America. As a millennial, I am definitely glued to social media more than I’d like to admit and this was an interesting perspective on that, too. This was my first of Impellizzeri’s novels and I look forward to checking out her others in the near future. Thank you to the author and the Great Thought’s Ninja team for a copy of The Truth About Thea in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather Gudenkauf

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aida Alberto

    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 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 book so well that the twists and turns she led you to kept you reading and reading until the very end. This is an author I really look forward to reading a lot more books from. Pick it up. Don't give up because at the moment you least expect it. She will twist and turn things on you. Happy reading!

  8. 5 out of 5

    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. This 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. This would be a great bookclub selection because there is so much to discuss in the book and with the idea of addiction not just to social media. I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    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 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 Thea has a difficult history. She ends up in rehab because of a social media addiction. Thea's company, Alibis, gave clients false internet identities for all sorts of reasons. Thea is a master manipulator and she obviously has something to hide, but what is it? How can Will uncover more, and especially accurate, information about his new patient and what will he do when he finds out everything he should know? What is the truth about the mysterious Thea? The Truth About Thea is a fantastic gripping story. I was curious about Thea from the start. I love stories about secrets and it's clear she has a lot to hide. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what it was. Thea's business landed her in a big mess, but being sent to rehab instead of prison might save her from a terrible fate. Thea is fierce, evasive, enigmatic and aloof. That makes her incredibly fascinating. Will doesn't know what he's dealing with exactly. He's a good therapist, but there's something about Thea that makes him eager to learn more, but also anxious because of what he might find out. I liked that contrast and enjoyed anticipating what he'd uncover. Amy Impellizzeri has written a clever plot filled with suspense and smoke screens. I was impressed by the way her story has been put together. It's well written, there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns and there are many puzzles to solve. I loved being surprised. The Truth About Thea keeps changing direction and that makes it intriguing and thrilling. Amy Impellizzeri kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I really loved The Truth About Thea, it's a terrific spellbinding and intelligent story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    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 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 continuously shocked by a book all the way to the very end is a rare thing for me. This book is a twisty 5 star, no doubt about it. Thank you to the Great Thoughts Ninja Review Team and the author for a copy of this compelling read. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Haught

    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 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 stories that drop little clues along the way, but these were so subtle I missed them completely. Ms. Impellizzeri does a nice job of keeping the reader hanging on--giving just enough to keep the interest peaked. This is my first book by Amy Impellizzeri, but Lemongrass Hope has been on my Kindle for awhile. I intend to move it up on my TBR list.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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 gasping for air with more twists than I could ever imagine in one book. Ergo the reason for my 4 star review as it was a bit too complex to follow and I had to re-read to make sure I had my story straight in my crazy controlled chaos world. Amy knows how to add strong characters with a supporting cast that supported the meticulously crafted plot with a social media twist that is relatable and current ( in fact I know many who have created such aliases online). A stalkers dream I guess you can say to delve into the lives of those we no longer care about (supposedly) yet are curious how they have moved on from us. Well , Amy I had to hold on as this ride wasn't over because not only does Will counsel Thea but truth be told he too is hiding a deep dark juicy secret from us all . Do tell us what story you want us to believe in this addiction group! Please! Wait, not yet.. we have to build up and folks this just kept building. So without further ado I recommend you grab this one before it flies off the shelf and read this beauty. Great job , Amy! A fast paced thriller that will have you guessing till the end. No spoilers here you must go find out for yourself. Thank you to BA Paris Author and St. Martin's Press for providing me this copy for this honest review. This book will be donated to The Hoyt Library in loving memory of Cassie Ann Gatcha and in honor of all Domestic Violence Victims. Thank you

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    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 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 style but sprinkling in aspects of the mystic but develops a thriller so strong you will read well past your bedtime. While some of the stories were dark with twinges of distrust etc other stories made you cheer and gave you hope. I also loved that the names of the characters played a deeper meaning in the story (Will Cann and Thea means truth) Absolutely one of the best novels I've read this year and one of my favorites. Loved it. Run to the bookstore to get your copy October 17.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Moore

    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 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 review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Duffy

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robbie White

    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. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Lindsay

    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 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 with a pathological addition to social media and creating false identities for clients.But there are secrets, and lots of them as Will and Thea unwind this torrid web of deceit. I found the writing dark, edgy and the voice of Thea very well developed. In many instances, I felt I really had to "read hard" to unravel the subtext and felt I might miss something; THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA is a dark, complex and gripping read. At times, it's very mind-bending. I can't really say much more, or I may give away too much! I did enjoy meeting the cast of characters in the inpatient abuse unit and felt the portrayal of their stories very authentic. I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like THE TRUTH ABOUT THEA and I'm so glad I did. Kudos to Amy Impellizzeri for this deeply plotted, richly told story. For all my reviews, including author interviews, please see: www.leslielindsay.com Special thanks to Wyatt-MacKenzie and the author for this review copy. All thoughts are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jaymi The OC Book Girl

    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 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 many layers of meaning and symbolism. I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christine (Tina)

    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. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    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 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 review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carla Suto

    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 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 without including spoilers. I highly recommend this gripping book, but be sure to clear your calendar before starting because you won’t want to put it down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Betsybmaxwell

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    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 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 felt like a very, very rough first draft. I'm willing to give writers a pass on sentence fragments, because when used correctly, even if they aren't grammatically correct, they add emphasis and drive a point home. Unsurprisingly, given that the author thought this was a correctly punctuated sentence, yes, dangling comma outside the quotation and all: They had their reasons, and Greg just said--'Let her go.--she's saving us a whole month of college tuition--and she's got a good head on her shoulders', the use of sentence fragments seemed less to an intentional stylistic choice and more like laziness. As did the full pages of dialogue, where a character would speak for four uninterrupted paragraphs of full exposition. There was very little "show" and a ton of "tell." The story itself also wasn't that interesting. None of the characters were likable, and not because all of them were intended to be unlikable; not a single one was fleshed out realistically to want to root for. They each felt flat, undeveloped, like caricatures. Also, "uh huh" is not spelled "Unh hunh" despite its frequent appearance as such throughout the text. Numbers weren't spelled out, but rather written as: "in 2-3 months." I know this was published by a small indie press, but it does everyone--the author and the reader--such a disservice to not have a competent editor scrub the manuscript first, so glaring errors don't overwhelm the entire thing. 0/5, would not recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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 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 to know." - Thea, while working at Alibis This story was a bit slow going until WHAM! Major plot twist that made my jaw dropped. Huh?!? What?!? I did not see that coming. At all. This was a difficult review to write because I don't want to give anything away. I was absolutely floored by the twist, and I hope you will be too! Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    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. 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    Two things you should know about me: 1.) I rarely read the book blurb on the back of a book since I like to discover as I read. 2.) One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn to read faster. Notice, the phrase Speed Read felt like too much to ask for, so Faster is the goal. Now on to the review, this fast-moving story with twists and interwoven characters was not the book to skip reading the blurb, or for me to attempt a record-breaking reading time. The suspense and the twisting plot definitely Two things you should know about me: 1.) I rarely read the book blurb on the back of a book since I like to discover as I read. 2.) One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn to read faster. Notice, the phrase Speed Read felt like too much to ask for, so Faster is the goal. Now on to the review, this fast-moving story with twists and interwoven characters was not the book to skip reading the blurb, or for me to attempt a record-breaking reading time. The suspense and the twisting plot definitely kept me on my toes. So trying to read fast only caused me to back up and reread. And not reading the blurb made the first of the book more confusing than it needed to be. The Truth About Thea is an original, fast-paced tale that will require you to remain open-minded to the unexpected. When Thea is taken to court after her business is named as being partially responsible for an incident, she is diagnosed with an addiction to social media. And more directly, creating fake social media identities for her clients. Though unusual, she is granted a court-mandated program of treatment. Her therapist is Will Cann, an addict turned counselor. But as the story progresses, and timelines go back and forth, it seems both Will and Thea are hiding dark secrets. Though each character had a history that brought about believability regarding their actions, I still found myself continually wondering if they were on the up-and-up. I analyzed and continually searched for hints as Impellizzeri directed this mesmerizing, twisty ride. Though each piece of this puzzle eventually fit together, to completely enjoy looking at the finished product I found I couldn’t over-analyze each puzzle piece. I had to just look at the perfect pieces and the overall finished picture. What Concerned Me I wasn’t a fan of the first part of the book where the timeline went back and forth on several chapters. There was a definite need to suspend disbelief. What I Liked Best Wow! Where to begin? This story is current, original, and a page-turner. The characters are believable and the story offers things to be considered on a deeper level. It certainly turned out to be a memorable book, and I will definitely be planning to read more from author Amy Impellizzeri. My thanks to Amy Impellizzeri for a copy of this book. I was free to express my opinion on this review. Pick A Good Book Blog Pick A Good Book Instagram Pick A Good Book Twitter

  30. 5 out of 5

    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 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 they wish for you to perceive, but which of those truths are actually real? As soon as you think you have it all figured out, the author, Amy Impellizzeri, throws a curve ball and hits you out of left field. Brilliantly written with memorable, realistic characters, The Truth About Thea is perfect for suspense lovers.

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