As I may have mentioned, I love books that have anything to do with social media…and when this book crossed my path, I just knew I had to read it.
Will Cann is a recovering heroin addict who now helps others on their path to recovery. He works as a counselor at Juniper Lane, which is a renowned rehab facility. He came in as a patient, and now twenty-three years later, he’s one of the facilities most respected counselors.
But Will has a secret… a big secret.
“Some nights were easier to ignore the demons. This was not going to be one of those nights”
After seeing the news that evening, Will knows he needs to get to a meeting. Every now and then he needs to share his secrets. Sharing his past in a room full of strangers helps and Will appreciates the confidentiality and understanding that AA meetings provide.
“You can be forgiven. What you’ve done is nothing compared to what I’ve done”
Will has just found out he’s going to have a new patient at Juniper Lane.
Her name is Thea
Thea Brown is not like any patient Will has ever treated but he hopes he can help her and maybe she can help some of the others in the group that are also struggling. Thea has a very complicated relationship with her mother and her father is dead. She doesn’t seem to have any real friends’ just online ones. Thea started a company called “Alibis”. People hired her for a variety of reasons but to put it simply, she’s hired to create fake social media profiles and fake social media lives.
“It helps people pretend they are somewhere they are not. At a time they are not. It helps them pretend they are something they are not”
But the lines of reality have started to distort and now her own life has become a façade. And after a client goes too far, Thea and Alibis both end up in trouble. Thea is arrested and is given a choice between staying in jail or going to rehab.
Thea sees a list of words that apparently describe her. Words like sociopath, delusional, narcissistic etc. But there’s one word on the list that bugs her more than all of the others combined …. ADDICTION. Thea doesn’t think she’s addicted to anything. If she’s addicted than it means she’s “out of control”. If she’s addicted then she’s her father’s daughter. Thea doesn’t want to be anything like her father. However, the “expert” thinks she’s addicted to social media ….and if Thea doesn’t want to go to prison? Then she’ll have to play along.
Is Thea really addicted to social media? She doesn’t think she is. Is she in denial? Both Thea and Will have so many secrets. What will happen when everyone’s secrets finally come to light?
The book explores the hold that social media can have and the many ways in which it can be used. It also addresses other issues including addiction and rehabilitation. I felt that the author portrayed these issues in an accurate way while still writing a very entertaining story.
“I am addiction.
Were you looking for me?
You have found me”
“The Truth About Thea” has an interesting and intriguing story-line that grabbed my attention from the very beginning. With many twists and turns, secrets and lies we don’t know who to trust and nothing is as it seems. There are many complex characters and their individual story-lines are woven together in the best possible way. An exciting novel with a very unique plot that kept me guessing right up until the very end.
I am looking forward to reading more from Amy Impellizzzeri.
Thank you to Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing for providing a copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.