Author: H.K. Abrahams
Release date: November 14, 2016
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As an award-winning investigative journalist, Jake Kavinsky is used to cracking mysteries and finding the truth. So when a mysterious envelope with a criminal investigation report (and let’s be honest, the picture of a stunning woman) ends up in his hands, he is definitely intrigued.
Someone seems to think Jake should be looking into that old case. But why? Why him? And why can’t he shake the weird feeling he gets every time he looks at her picture or reads the case? Something doesn’t seem right and Jake is determined to get to the bottom of it.
Not knowing he is about to embark on a journey of investigation, self-discovery and love, Jake will soon learn that the truth is not always so obvious…
In December 2014, I read Challenging Destiny by H.K. Abrahams. It was the author’s debut book, and although it was her first book, it was well written with an intriguing storyline. Over time I kept following H.K. Abrahams, unfortunately there was no second book in sight. When I found out this book – The Other Truth – was in the making, and I read the blurb I knew I had to read this book. The Other Truth is very different from the romance books I normally read, but I’ve enjoyed it very much.
“My instinct had never misled me before so it was time to listen to it. I was going to find out what this whole story was about and I wasn’t wasting anymore time. Today was the day.”
Jake Kavinsky is an investigative journalist with the Post and is very good at what he does. Once he has picked a subject or is assigned to one, he digs in and doesn’t stop until he has discovered the whole truth. Besides the fulfillment Jake finds in his work he has some close friends and he reads the occasional book. When one of his friends gives him a book, Jake reads the book and he becomes a bit obsessed with the story. One of the monthly columns in the newspaper gives Jake the opportunity to review the book and to interview the author. When said author presents him file, Jake becomes truly intrigued, not just by the criminal case it contains, but also because of the picture of a beautiful woman.
“I need time to think,” I told her using my best poker face. I didn’t want to get her hopes up. Too much was at stake, I needed to think about it and I needed to do it far from the beautiful eyes roaming over my face, eyes that seemed to be able to see right through me. “I wasn’t expecting less from you Jake.”
When Jake meets Sharon in real-life after having studied her case meticulously and spoken with some of the players involved he finally sees who he is doing it for. A beautiful, tired woman who’s paying a price she shouldn’t be paying. Wrong choices during her teenage years and an aggressive DA have led to her imprisonment, a place where she doesn’t belong. While working together to find out the truth Jake is starting to realize Sharon means a lot to him, that he even loves her. Getting her out of prison and to clear her name is all that matters now.
As I already said, The Other Truth is not like the books I normally read. While those books center around the developing relationship of a couple, this books is different. Yes, there is a couple in the form of Jake and Sharon, but this story is much more about finding out what truly happened with Sharon. Bit by bit Jake uncovers pieces of the truth, leading him to the people who can give real answers.
It wasn’t until the end of the story that I realized how different this book was, it didn’t contain a single sex-scene. And to be honest, I didn’t even miss it. The author has written a captivating storyline with very realistic and likeable characters. I like the small cameo appearance of the main characters of Challenging Destiny, to see that they are still happily in love. The ending of the book is fitting for the story; Jake and Sharon know how they feel about each other but their story is yet untold.
“He held me tight, his left hand at my waist, his right one cradling my head. I circled him with my arms and held him tight too, my head relaxing on his strong chest. I breathed him in and he put his face in my neck. At that moment, I felt safe, free, loved.”
I loved reading The Other Truth, I give the unusual story of Jake and Sharon 4.5 stars.