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The Truth About the Devlins

By Lisa Scottoline

A Gut-wrenching Family Drama




TJ is the black sheep of the highly successful Devlin family.  Everyone in the family, his parents and two siblings, are attorneys. TJ never finished college. He works as an investigator for the family law firm.  At a family dinner, John, TJ’s older and highly successful brother, confesses secretly to TJ that he might have killed a client earlier that day in a confrontation over suspected embezzlement.  TJ is surprised by the confession and wants to help his big brother, but as he begins to investigate the man’s death, his world is turned upside down, and his entire family turns against him.


The Truth About the Devlins is a gut-wrenching family drama about justice and devastating lies. Author Lisa Scottoline’s writing weaves a tale sizzling with suspense and is full of emotion.  Scottoline’s background as an attorney certainly served her well in this novel. The writing is fast-paced and captivating.

TJ’s character as a recovering alcoholic who had served time in prison is delightfully authentic and real. His vulnerabilities drive both the character and the story.

An interesting thread of the story involves TJ’s sister, Gabby, also an attorney who asks for TJ's help investigating illegal drug tests conducted on inmates at a variety of prisons by pharmaceutical companies, resulting in terminal illnesses for participating inmates.  This part of the story, based on real events, was very intriguing.

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher    Penguin Group Putnam

Published   March 12, 2024

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