True crime writer Marie Lightfoot's world is shaken when she sees a tabloid story about her parents, civil rights workers in the '60s. The article claims they were actually racists who betrayed their coworkers, abandoned Marie, and vanished to a hedonistic world. Marie can't even claim libel, for she believes the story to be true.

Marie starts receiving ominous, anonymous e-mails. The letters claim the sender, Paulie Barnes, is going to destroy all Marie holds dear unless she writes one more book, the story about her turncoat parents—and of her own murder at the hands of Paulie Barnes!

Marie is terrified, for it soon becomes evident that Paulie Barnes is very close on her tail. Marie knows this is connected with the past, but not how and why.

Nancy Pickard delivers a powerful story of revenge and suspense in THE TRUTH HURTS. The fear and tension are so real, you'll find yourself breaking into a cold sweat. Dynamite stuff—this is the thrill ride of the summer. (Jul., 336 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg