Desperate to reboot her life, Megan Barnes gets her chance when she meets Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jocelyn Jones. Before long, Megan is pulled into the heady world of fame and influence her charismatic new mentor represents. Until an anonymous tweet brings it all crashing down. To salvage Jocelyn's reputation, Megan must locate the online troll and expose the lies. But when the trail leads to blackmail, and circles back to her own mother, Megan realizes if she pulls any harder on this thread, what should have been the scoop of her career could unravel into a tabloid nightmare.
Engaging ... An easy read ... We come to like Megan even as we acknowledge her faults, youth and lack of judgment. She reminds us of ourselves when we were young, and we understand her naiveté. We also get to know Helen and Jocelyn, both of whom are savvy and successful, each in her own way.
The story moves at a quick pace, with shocking secrets revealed at every turn. Though Megan is grating at first, arguing with her mother and expecting to be handed a newspaper job, she comes into her own as a strong woman and tough reporter by the book’s end. Indeed, each person in the novel is authentic—both complicated and flawed. Even the conclusion avoids tidy solutions in favor of open-ended optimism and a look toward the future ... In the thrilling novel Truth and Other Lies, a young reporter works to uncover the truth, which could have ruinous implications for others.
A brisk, engrossing tale ... The author tackles weighty topics, including abortion and the right/left political divide, with grace and finesse ... An engaging and topical tale of politics and journalistic ethics with a feminist slant.