The Truth Behind the Lie (Kouplan: Book 1) by Sara Lovestam

The Truth Behind the Lie: A Novel by [Lövestam, Sara]

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books

Date of publication: August 27th, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Series: Kouplan

The Truth Behind the Lie—Book 1

Where you can find The Truth Behind the Lie: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

The Truth Behind The Lie is Sara Lövestam’s award-winning and gripping novel about blurred lines, second chances, and the lengths one will go to for the truth.

When a six-year-old girl disappears and calling the police isn’t an option, her desperate mother Pernilla turns to an unlikely source for help. She finds a cryptic ad online for a private investigator:
“Need help, but can’t contact the police?”

That’s where Kouplan comes in. He’s an Iranian refugee living in hiding. He and his brother were forced to leave Iran after their involvement with a radical newspaper hated by the regime was discovered. Kouplan’s brother disappeared, and he hasn’t seen him in four years. He makes a living as a P.I. working under the radar, waiting for the day he can legally apply for asylum.

Pernilla’s daughter has vanished without a trace, and Kouplan is an expert at living and working off the grid. He’s the perfect PI to help… but something in Pernilla’s story doesn’t add up. She might need help that he can’t offer…and a little girl’s life hangs in the balance.


First Line

The rain was so strange the day they took Julia.

The Truth Behind the Lie by Sara Lovestram

My Review:

I made a mistake before I started reading The Truth Behind the Lie. I read the reviews before I read the book. This is something that I usually don’t do. I had scrolled down on Goodreads, and one review caught my eye. You all know how that goes. You can’t read one. I got sucked down a rabbit hole of enthusiastic reviews, awful reviews, and mediocre reviews. By the time I emerged, my opinion of the book wasn’t that great. Then I read The Truth Behind the Lie; I can say for sure that my opinion of the book was changed for better.

One thing that caught my attention of The Truth Behind the Lie was that it was set in Sweden. Over the last year, I have noticed that most of the thrillers I read have taken place in those northern European countries. But what set this book apart for the other books was that Kouplan was not native to Sweden. Instead, he was an Iranian illegal immigrant. It was interesting to see Sweden through an immigrant’s eyes.

Kouplan caught my attention right from the beginning. His backstory was sad. He escaped from Iran after his older brother, who ran a radical newspaper, went missing. He was in the country illegally after his bid for citizenship was denied. The tension from that and from not seeing his family were well written. The only way he was surviving was working odd jobs and hoping someone answered his PI ad in the paper.

When Pernilla answered his ad, he thought that he had an easy case. He believed that Julia was taken in a custody dispute. That all he would have to do is find the father, and it would be over with. But, the case ended up being one of the hardest things he ever had to work on. The case was one of the best things about the book. Even when I felt that it was getting nowhere, I knew that something was happening. That Kouplan would break the case and find Julia. There was a break, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be.

There were a couple of considerable twists in the case that took me by surprise. One involved Pernilla, Julia, and the girl in the room. The other involved Kouplan. Neither I saw coming. Both almost made me lose my shit when they were revealed.

I did learn some interesting facts when reading The Truth Behind the Lie. I learned that mental health in Sweden was managed as well as the rest of the country. What surprised me was that the government took children away from parents if the parent had a mental illness. I was not expecting that. I also was surprised to learn that the children needed to be registered with the government. These two things I mentioned are huge in this book, so keep them in mind when reading this book.

The end of The Truth Behind the Lie was exciting. Remember the twists I mentioned above? They are both revealed in the last chapters. I loved how Pernilla, Julia, and the girl in the room was revealed. I got chills up and down my spine when I read it. The twist involving Kouplan came out of left field. I was NOT expecting what was revealed to be revealed. After I got over my shock, I loved it!!


I would give The Truth Behind the Lie an Adult rating. There is no sex. There is mild language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Truth Behind the Lie. I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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Weekly Wrap Up: June 30th through July 6th, 2019

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Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

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Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.


Books I’ve Read:

An Unorthodox Match

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

29 Seconds

Books with pending reviews:

29 Seconds—review coming September 10th, 2019

The Truth Behind the Lie—review coming August 27th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar—review here

Raze—review here

The Shadowverse—review here

We Went to the Woods—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Dark Alpha’s Redemption

Christmas Angels

Followers

The Wives

Email Haul:

Red Dawn Rising

Dirty Cooking

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Under the Skin—Excerpt

She’s a Spitfire—Excerpt

A Highlander Walks into a Bar—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Toxic Toffee—from Kensington Books

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up: June 23rd through June 29th 2019

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Books I’ve Read:

The Shadowverse

The Truth Behind the Lie

The Bridge of Little Jeremy

Dark Matter

Books with pending reviews:

We Are All Good People Here—review coming August 6th, 2019

The Year I Left—review coming August 20th, 2019

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy—review coming July 16th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

The Bridge of Little Jeremy—review here

Dark Matter—review here

Rouge Most Wanted—review here

Kingdom of Exiles—review here

Once Upon a Bad Boy—review here

Twisted Family Values—review here

The Rumor—review here

NetGalley Haul:

As Long as We Both Shall Live

T-Minus

Email Haul:

Aelia

The Red Death

Disorder

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Styx and Stones: Cover Reveal, Release Blitz and Blog Tour dates end of August/beginning of September

Every Love—Blog tour date July 22nd, 2019

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Goodreads—Book Giveaway For Fallen (Deep Ops, #2)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

WWW Wednesday: June 26th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: She has been busy for these last couple of weeks. She had kindergarten testing on the 14th, our trip, Bible School, and being sick. Yup, you read that right. She has strep….sigh. But she had a blast at the beach!!

Mr. Z: Out of the 3 kids, his last couple of weeks haven’t been that hectic. The only thing he did in the two weeks was attend Bible School, go on vacation and….have strep. I was surprised at his diagnosis. Took him into the Dr for a cough and came home with antibiotics for strep. Still trying to figure that out.

Miss B: Her schedule has been hectic. I had an IEP meeting for her on the 14th. She then had Coding Camp (part of the school system’s STEM program) the 18th-19th. This week, she has a mandatory meeting for the Youth Leadership Program that she was accepted into and she has an orthodontist appt.

Me: I enjoyed the beach. But I forgot that North Carolina isn’t like Massachusetts when it comes to the sun. So I got a bad burn and now I am a peely mess. On the home front, we came home to our pool deflated and all the water out of it. So, gotta buy a new one on Friday. Not happy about that.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

Reading: I finished all of my books on my ” What books I think I’ll read next?” list. Long car rides and some time on my hands helped with that. I have chiseled away at my NetGalley backlog. I am at 14 books plus 4 books that are older than 3 months. Go me!!

Reviews: I am behind on writing my reviews. But I’m not bothered by that. I’m only behind by 2 reviews.

Blog: I changed my blog format again. I actually like this one better than the one I had.


What I am currently reading:

The Truth Behind the Lie: A Novel by [Lövestam, Sara]

The Truth Behind The Lie is Sara Lövestam’s award-winning and gripping novel about blurred lines, second chances, and the lengths one will go to for the truth.

When a six-year-old girl disappears and calling the police isn’t an option, her desperate mother Pernilla turns to an unlikely source for help. She finds a cryptic ad online for a private investigator:
“Need help, but can’t contact the police?”

That’s where Kouplan comes in. He’s an Iranian refugee living in hiding. He and his brother were forced to leave Iran after their involvement with a radical newspaper hated by the regime was discovered. Kouplan’s brother disappeared, and he hasn’t seen him in four years. He makes a living as a P.I. working under the radar, waiting for the day he can legally apply for asylum.

Pernilla’s daughter has vanished without a trace, and Kouplan is an expert at living and working off the grid. He’s the perfect PI to help… but something in Pernilla’s story doesn’t add up. She might need help that he can’t offer…and a little girl’s life hangs in the balance. 


I recently finished reading:

The Bridge of Little Jeremy by [GARAI, Indrajit]

Jeremy’s mother is about to go to prison for their debt to the State. He is trying everything within his means to save her, but his options are running out fast. 

Then Jeremy discovers a treasure under Paris. 

This discovery may save his mother, but it doesn’t come for free. And he has to ride over several obstacles for his plan to work. 

Meanwhile, something else is limiting his time…


What books I think I’ll read next?

The Shadowverse: A YA Sci-Fi Superhero Adventure by [Gallo, John-Clement, Gallo, Francesca]

Regarded as “captivating” and “one-of-a-kind,” The Shadowverse is a Science-Fiction Superhero thriller with hints of the Young Adult genre. It is a story of destiny—that no matter who you are, where you are, or what your past is like, you can always achieve greatness. 

Johnny Sparks longs for a greater purpose. After an encounter with a mysterious stranger, he and his friends are imbued with incredible powers—at last giving his life meaning. 

But this dream soon disintegrates once one of the friends is taken by an alien warlord named Titan. In a rescue effort, the remaining group is sent across the galaxy in search of the only possible aid—an ancient, immortal warrior missing for centuries. 

To succeed, the team must join forces to reclaim their friend and stop a sinister scheme devised against humanity by Titan and his empire. The conflict for the soul of the universe is set in motion, but even if the group prevails, they risk losing what it means to be human. 

Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . . 

When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29 second phone call.

Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?

A Highlander Walks into a Bar: A Highland, Georgia Novel by [Trentham, Laura]

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same… 

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 24th through March 2nd, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]
Between the Lies
The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]
Within the Darkness (Wisteria Book 2): A Dark Fantasy Dystopian With Demons and Monsters - Mature Content by [Lamb, Shelby]

Books with pending reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Only Ever You—review here

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Queen’s Opal—review here

The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]

It’s Getting Scot in Here—review here

It's Getting Scot in Here (The Wild Wicked Highlanders Book 1) by [Enoch, Suzanne]

The Last Letter—review here

The Last Letter by [Yarros, Rebecca]

Love-Lines—review here

Love-Lines by [Langer, Sheri]

My Favorite Cowboy—review here

My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas Book 3) by [Grant, Donna]

After She’s Gone—review here

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

The Woman in the Lake—review here

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

Within the Darkness—review here

Within the Darkness (Wisteria Book 2): A Dark Fantasy Dystopian With Demons and Monsters - Mature Content by [Lamb, Shelby]

A Life for a Life—review here

A Life for a Life: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 1) by [McDaniel, Lynda]

NetGalley Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

The Scent Keeper: A Novel by [Bauermeister, Erica]
The Truth Behind the Lie: A Novel
We Went to the Woods: A Novel by [Dolan-Leach, Caite]

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Trusting The Billionaire: A Marriage Of Convenience Romance (The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride Book 3) by [Savage, Cynthia]
A Safe Place (The Devereux Family Book 1) by [Watson, Margaret]
Welcome the Little Children: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 3) by [McDaniel, Lynda]
The Roads to Damascus: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 2) by [McDaniel, Lynda]
Prince of Persuasion (The Novi Navarro Chronicles Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!) :

The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables Book 1) by [Burke, Darcy]
Freebird: The Service (Freebird Series Book 2) by [King, Vincent ]
From Prolific Works
One More Night: A Wanderlust Romance by [Hunter, Rebecca]
From Prolific Works
Daddy Dom: A BDSM Romance by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon
The Substitute: The Wedding Pact #1 by [Swank, Denise Grover]
From Amazon
Detour (An Off Track Records Novel) by [Shea, Kacey]
From Amazon
Taking It Easy (Boys of the Big Easy) by [Nicholas, Erin]
From Amazon
Hope Over Fear (The Over Series Book 1) by [DeRouen, J.A.]
From Amazon
Fugitive Mate (Silverlake Shifters Book 1) by [Wilde, Anastasia]
From Amazon
The Challenge (Fated & Forbidden Book 1) by [Kallysten]
From Amazon
An Unexpected Diversion: A Hot Paranormal Shifter Story (Hidden Hills Shifters Book 1) by [Day, Vella]
From Amazon
The Druid Series Boxed Set (Volumes 1-3): Dark Paranormal Vampire Reverse Harem Romance by [Eros, Marata]
From Amazon
Dangerous Desires: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Collection by [Branigan Books, Bree]
From Amazon
Wicked Dirty (Wicked Nights Book 2) by [Kenner, J.]
From BookFunnel
Survival of the Richest (Trust Fund Duet Book 1) by [Warren, Skye]
From Amazon
Rich CEO (New York Billionaires Book 4) by [Wilde, Amelia]
From Amazon
Modern Fairy Tale: Twelve Books of Breathtaking Romance by [Proby, Kristen, Blake, Lexi, Grover Swank, Denise, Dodd, Jillian, Simone, Sierra, Winters, Pepper, Blaufeld, Rachel, Winters, Willow, Warren, Skye, Malone, Nana]
From Amazon
Colton (Special Forces Book 1) by [Winters, KB]
From Amazon
Escorting the Billionaire (The Escort Collection Book 1) by [James, Leigh]
From Amazon
First Shift (Bears in Blue Book 0) by [Taylor, Mia]
From BookFunnel
Bad Neighbor (The Debt Book 1) by [O'Keefe, Molly]
From BookFunnel
Mr. Accidental Hero: Jeremy (Jet City Matchmaker Book 1) by [Robinson, Gina]
From Amazon
The North Star: Galactic Sentinel Book One by [Carter, Killian]
From Amazon
Single Dad Billionaire by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon
Conquered by the Highlander (Conquered Bride Series Book 1) by [Knight, Eliza]
From Amazon
The Reluctant Duke (A Seabrook Family Saga Book 1) by [Donovan, Christine]
From Amazon
Just a Touch (Heartthrob Hotel Book 1) by [Kiss, Tabatha]
From Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Taken (Deep Ops: Book 1.5) Giveaway

Cover Reveals/Blog Tours:

It’s Getting Scot in Here—blog tour (February 27th)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday