ALL THE TRUTH
Though the ending is a bit overly sentimental, All the Truth is mostly very engrossing. It reads like a mystery, with pacing that jumps back and forth in time to give the reader small amounts of information at a time. Meanwhile, excellent use of foreshadowing makes the puzzle all the more intriguing. Yet instead of a sense of urgency, the story unfolds more slowly, allowing readers to savor vivid details throughout.
When she was just 5 years old, Maggie Greene witnessed a violent confrontation between her professor mother and a trio of trespassing college students. Now in high school, Maggie is plagued by nightmares, still unsure of what exactly she witnessed. When her new math teacher takes an odd interest in her, Maggie begins to piece together — and possibly come to terms with — what happened that night. (BERKLEY, Jul., 304 pp., $15.00)