The Truth She Knew
(The Truth, #1)
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
“A bittersweet story of young love, independence, and soul-crushing manipulation. J.A. Owenby shines a light on the impact that mental illness can have on a family.” —Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD, Professional Life Coach
Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.
For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.
But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.
Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.
The TruthShe Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.
This is a new to me author and after reading the blurb I was really excited to read this. I have to say that I was sadly disappointed with this one especially since most readers gave this book 5 stars. I must have been one of the only people that didn’t care for this book. I could not get into it at all and spent much of my time skimming through to the end.
I am not a huge fan of the whole insta love thing and that’s exactly what this book was. The first thing Walker does when he meets Lacey is give her his number and that’s before they even get to know one another. It was kind of creepy. Although there were some romantic moments between the two I thought it was quite unbelievable to me and the dialogue was kind of stilted and didn’t flow that well. I also didn’t quite get the whole family dynamic between Lacey and her Mama. Lacey is eighteen and in college, however, she still lets her Mama dictate everything she does including going to parties and having a boyfriend. I know her Mama has mental issues but I don’t understand why Lacey let her dictate absolutely everything and she just endures all her emotional abuse. I guess this is how someone who has grown up dealing with that kind of situation will react but I just couldn’t relate to it.
Although I couldn’t really get into this book and didn’t end up enjoying it, I wish the author much success in her future books.
Reviewed by Ashley
LLEP Review Team
J. A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.
She’s a published author of six short stories and is beginning her first full length novel. J.A. doesn’t mess around when it comes to working with a professional team in order to present her best writing.
She also runs her own business and helps people find jobs they love as a professional resume writer.
She is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and pop tarts. Her downtime consists of a beautiful summer evening, snuggling with her hubby outside underneath the stars. If it’s winter, listening to the rain and watching NFL football.
You can follow the events of her upcoming novel on https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby