Thursday, June 7, 2012
Harkening back to the writing styles and small town settings of the earlier American authors – John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and Carson McCullers - "Only the Truth" is a psychological mystery with as many twists as the country road leading to the humble home of Billy Ray Hutchins, a lonely uneducated man living in the hills of Arkansas. Life changes little for him from day to day until he brings home a young drifter he meets at the railroad tracks, the mysterious Charlene, whose last name he never asks. He becomes her Sweet Billy Ray and his love for Charlene is steady and uncomplicated until the sheriff shows up to take her away in handcuffs. With the only woman he has ever loved behind bars for cold-bloodedly murdering the old man across the road, a confused and devastated Billy Ray sets out on a quest to find the truth, only the truth, whether it leads him to be able to save his Charlene from a death sentence or it frees him from her spell.
This story was a pleasant surprise! I was immediately drawn into Billy Ray Hutchin's simple yet somewhat difficult life. He was a loner, could not read, had a menial job cleaning the streets of Whitford Glen, Arkansas and basically kept to himself, not having any family left. Then he meets Charlene. He is instantly drawn to her...this quiet girl who has many secrets of her own....that she is not telling.
The story has such a surprise ending....I didn't see it coming! My rating is 5 Bunnies! Recommended!