The Truth Behind the Lie by Sara Lövestam | Review

The Truth Behind the Lie | Sara Lövestam | Minotaur Books | Pub: August 27, 2019 | Pages: 288

What attracted me to this book was that it was from Sweden. I absolutely love books from Scandinavia, and already just knowing that my hopes were extremely high. However, this book turned out not to be my cup of tea. There were some interesting twists and many surprises that kept me going but the story sort of fell flat and dry to me.

I did end up liking Kouplan’s character and wouldn’t mind reading other Kouplan books, in case this one was an anomaly, but overall, I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Maybe it was all in the translation, but this book isn’t getting rave reviews on Goodreads so maybe I’m in the norm on this one.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


When a six-year-old girl disappears and calling the police isn’t an option, her desperate mother Pernilla turns to an unlikely source for help. She finds a cryptic ad online for a private investigator:

“Need help, but can’t contact the police?”

That’s where Kouplan comes in. He’s an Iranian refugee living in hiding. He and his brother were forced to leave Iran after their involvement with a radical newspaper hated by the regime was discovered. Kouplan’s brother disappeared, and he hasn’t seen him in four years. He makes a living as a P.I. working under the radar, waiting for the day he can legally apply for asylum.

Pernilla’s daughter has vanished without a trace, and Kouplan is an expert at living and working off the grid. He’s the perfect PI to help… but something in Pernilla’s story doesn’t add up. She might need help that he can’t offer...and a little girl’s life hangs in the balance


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