Private Investigator and former MI6 agent Joe Wilde is hired by Sally Devlin to investigate her son’s disappearance. Liam Devlin was a rising football star. His car was found abandoned at Lea Bridge in Hackney, a known suicide spot, six weeks prior. With help from friend and retired MI6 Data Technician Mark Thompson, Joe uncovers a huge secret in Liam’s life. Putting the pieces together, he starts to suspect that this case is far more complex than he originally envisioned. Falling ever deeper into his own investigations, Joe meets with the detective in charge of the case, D. I. Carl Whatmore, who does not take kindly to Joe getting involved. As Joe and D. I. Whatmore go head-to-head in their own investigations, more lives are put in danger. But who will crack the case? Only time will tell…
False Truth is a gripping read. At just under 200 pages I was able to read it quickly, in two sittings. The first half of the book is slower-paced, building the background, introducing us to the characters and the initial mystery of the disappearance of Liam Devlin, a young footballer who (it would seem) has committed suicide. This all leads up to what turns into an action-packed and faster-paced second half with many more secrets and mysteries to uncover.
As C.D. Steele’s debut novel, this is an excellent read. The plot is a good one with twists and turns, secrets, and characters that are not all they seem, it is great to try and piece it all together as you read.
The conclusion is satisfying, with enough to keep you intrigued as to what may happen in the next book of the series.
As the series continues I would hope to find out a little more about Joe Wilde’s past experiences and maybe a little more about his private life, I think a romantic interest may have been alluded to towards the end of the book, interested to see where this may or may not lead in the next!
If you are looking for a snappy, intriguing thriller, with plenty of twists to uncover, then I highly recommend giving False Truth a go!
Thank you to the author C.D. Steele for sending me a copy of his book to review.
C. D. Steele works as an Executive Offer in the Civil Service. He has a degree in Recreation Management and lives in Bangor, County Down. This is his first novel.