Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Searching for Truth by Barry Finlay @Karver2 @GoddessFish


Searching For Truth

by Barry Finlay

GENRE: Mystery


Former journalist Jake Scott is bored and lonely, having lost his wife and retired from his job. His daughter has moved with a boyfriend to another city. All that keeps him going is a weekly breakfast gathering with friends and a temperamental, overweight cat named Oliver. Things change when one of the breakfast attendees, a beautiful police detective with a troubled teenage daughter, suggests Jake should write a book. When he takes her advice and researches a convicted murderer’s case, he finds out something is terribly wrong. Could a member of the breakfast group be hiding a secret deadly enough to commit murder? Jake follows leads that uncover a disturbing rollercoaster ride of clues, all while his attraction for the detective grows. An attempt to force the true murderer out of hiding results in a terrifying ordeal on the coldest night of the year.


They used the next few minutes to discuss their future, ever watchful of the other car. The tension in Melissa’s body eased, comforted as she was by Matt’s words. She wasn’t a stunning beauty, but the smile that came readily to her face, and the dimples it created, attracted Matt from the beginning. She found the humor in anything, tonight being an exception. He found that incredibly attractive. The first time they met, when she patched him up in the hospital after a bicycle accident, the smile and her sense of humor drew him like metal to a magnet. She made him laugh by emphatically imagining a curb leaping in front of his bike at the last second. It took his mind off the pain. He noticed her wedding band only after he asked her out for coffee, and she accepted. He wondered if she took it off when she worked, but he never asked. The affair had been ongoing for months.

Her hands ran nervously through her hair as she talked about leaving her husband, but she continually glanced over Matt’s shoulder to see if the dark car had moved. Matt listened as she talked. He had heard it all before, and he didn’t actually believe it. Melissa was too timid to walk out on her husband. She was too afraid of what her husband might do if she left him. But he listened, nodding at the right time, and deliberately, tantalizingly, letting his fingers wander under her skirt.

Melissa stopped him. She said, “Matt, listen to me. I have a plan this time. We will be together. I’m going to leave him.”

Her voice trailed off as a sharp knock on the window startled them. Neither had noticed the man approaching from the black Mercedes. It wasn’t a hand knocking. It was something metallic rapping against the glass that set both their hearts racing. Melissa gasped. Matt turned to peer at the intruder, but a piercing flashlight beam blinded him. He threw one arm up to block the light while he pressed the button to roll down the power window. Nothing happened because he had turned off the car.

It didn’t matter.

My Review:

Searching for Truth is the first book in the Jake Scott Mystery Series. In Searching for Truth we are introduced to the man Jake Scoot himself. We get to know a little bit about Jake, who he is, and what is going on in his life. Jake is a retired journalist, he is a widower and his only child/daughter has moved away with her boyfriend. Jake is all alone now except for his cat, Oliver.

Retirement is not sitting too well with Jake as he is used to having ways of spending his time. About all Jake does now is spend time with his cat, Oliver, and his breakfast club friends on Saturdays.

A member of the breakfast club, a police detective, Dani suggests that he write a book. Dani has plenty of material for him to write about. She has a case from a few years back. Something about this case never sat well with her. She believes that they put the wrong man behind bars for the murder. She thinks her partner at the time wanted one more closed case under his belt before he retired.

Once Jake and Dani reopen the case they do not lack suspects. The more they look into the case the more mystery unfolds leaving you hanging on every word wanting to know whodunit. Jake is the type of person that when he starts searching for the truth he never stops until he finds it. Can Jake and Dani find the truth this time? Is the wrong man behind bars? If so, then who committed the murder?

The more time Jake and Dani spend together the more Jake feels for her. Jake enjoys spending time with Dani when they're not working on the case. He also likes spending time with her teenage daughter, Emily.

Emily is just like any other sixteen-year-old. I felt for Emily with what she is going through with her parent's divorce and her being passed back and forth between her parents. I can only imagine what she is feeling as I have never been where she is.

I would recommend Searching for Truth to anyone who loves a good mystery! One-click your copy of Searching for Truth today!  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Barry Finlay is the award-winning author of the inspirational travel adventure, Kilimanjaro and Beyond – A Life-Changing Journey (with his son Chris), the Amazon bestselling travel memoir, I Guess We Missed The Boat and five Amazon bestselling and award-winning thrillers comprising The Marcie Kane Thriller Collection: The Vanishing Wife, A Perilous Question, Remote Access, Never So Alone, and The Burden of Darkness. His new novel, Searching For Truth, introduces the Jake Scott Mystery Series. Barry was featured in the 2012-13 Authors Show’s edition of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.” He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his fundraising efforts to help kids in Tanzania, Africa. Barry lives with his wife Evelyn in Ottawa, Canada.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Barry Finlay said...

Thank you for your review. If any of your readers have questions about Searching For Truth, or writing in general, I would be happy to answer.

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for sharing the review.

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your review thoughts.

pippirose said...

Thanks for the great blurb, excerpt and review. The book sounds very interesting.