Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
A Shred of Truth by
"...will take you for a ride you'll be hard pressed to forget... Not only is Wilson an expert story teller, he's a master craftsman."
Suspense fans get yourself out of that chair and to your local bookstore – Eric Wilson’s A Shred of Truth, sequel to The Best of Evil, will take you for a ride you’ll be hard pressed to forget. Aramis Black is one of the most intriguing fictional characters in print. His way of viewing the world around him, and his faith, is both provocative and inspiring.
In Best of Evil, Aramis discovered a swath of dark family secrets and hidden treasure dating back to explorer Meriwether Lewis. Aramis had his older brother, Johnny, make sure the treasure was safe and in a place to be forgotten. Johnny assured him that was the case - until Johnny was discovered unconscious, tied to a stature in the middle of Nashville with the letters AX carved into his back.
Threatening notes demanding Aramis “face his sins” send him on a quest to uncover more truth about his past. Alone. The killer promised police involvement would endanger those Aramis loves.
From the first slash of human skin, to the final page, Eric Wilson pulls you into the world of Aramis Black. Every aspect of this novel is so engaging, so vivid, the lines between reality and make-believe blur. I honestly believed I was in Nashville. I’ve never been to Nashville, but if I do go, I wouldn’t be surprised to have that “been here before” feeling strolling along Music Row. The setting itself becomes a character in the book.
Not only is Wilson an expert story teller, he’s a master craftsman. I can’t really think of a comparison because he sets a new standard. The Black brothers are the epitome of three-dimensional characters. Anyone in the field of fiction should read The Best of Evil and A Shred of Truth to see first hand the application of Brandilyn Collin’s Getting Into Character writing how-to book.
And it doesn’t stop there. The dialogue is unparalleled. I “heard” the voices in my head. I wasn’t reading; I was in the head of Aramis. I was Aramis. Now that’s fantabulous writing!
The plot twists and turns as the discoveries made are beyond shocking. Even without the gripping plot, the characters alone could carry the book. They are unforgettable, not only in deep theological and philosophical ways, but in quirky ways as well.
I can’t do this book justice with my review, so I’ll shut up. Just read it for yourself. You must, must, must, go out and get it into your hands today. It’s a true masterpiece!
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.