Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: Nothing But The Truth - Dick Lehr

Nothing But the Truth

Review: Nothing But The Truth - Dick Lehr - January 2019
This book grabbed my attention from the cover as it was amazing and eye-catching with the newspapers. This book turned out to be based on a true event that happened in 1988 in Boston. On that fateful night in August, a 12-year-old girl was sitting on her mailbox talking to her friends when she was shot three times by stray bullets as she was caught up in a gang turf war. A 22-year-old guy was convicted of the murder, but years later it turned out that he was, in fact, innocent and just because he supposedly fit the bill and they needed a conviction - it was pinned on this guy and no-one else was investigated as a suspect. In 2003, new evidence was presented and it was determined that the guy arrested for the case was as he had said innocently after all. In Nothing But the Truth, the guy accused of killing a young girl is Trell's father. She visits him every week in prison and is determined to set him free as she knows her dad is completely innocent. Nothing But the Truth is told from the daughter's perspective of her journey to save her father once and for all.  Nothing But The Truth was quite a powerful novel and comes during that time of the wrongful conviction of the Central Park 5 - another group of males who were accused of rape and sentenced to thirty years of imprisonment before they were found innocent all along.

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