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The Truth about the Devlins

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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting read. I really liked the main character TJ. I thought the author did great character development. The story was pretty good and moved at a good pace. It was a little hokey at times, but I liked the book.
3.5

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The Truth about the Devlins by Lisa Scottoline was a slow burn that picks up the last 1/3 of the book. The narrator of the story is youngest child TJ Devlin who is the black sheep of the family with his father, older brother, John and older sister Gabby being attorneys are Devlin and Devlin. One night, John asks TJ for his help after a meeting gone wrong. Everyone is keeping secrets and this story is full of conspiracies, family drama and a few twists.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a digital reviewer copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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I’ve read and really enjoyed a lot of past Lisa Scottoline books, especially as a criminal lawyer myself just like Lisa. Her twists and suspense are great and her expert knowledge on criminal law shines through her work. Her writing is always excellent. But with this book I got to about 25% and had to put it to the side for now and it really pains me to write this DNF review! :( The characters were very unlikable and I didn’t really care for the story, or what happened to them in the end so I was struggling to get back to it every time and ended up in a little bit of a slump after. I might try to pick back up again in the future when I’m more in the mood for slow burn family drama.

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Love the Chester County native and how she writes her books. I've read a couple of hers before and fully enjoyed this one too. The characters were great and I was interested in the plot the whole time. Love the lawyer vibes and how the characters felt in the room with me. Looking forward to what Lisa writes next and already can't wait. Would definitely recommend to my followers.

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Imagine being the only one in your family that’s not a lawyer and being looked upon as the screw up. I had to pace myself in reading this book, because I could have finished in one sitting. However, I decided not to be greedy and instead enjoy the thrill. TJ, the family screw up is on parole, sober for 2 years and counting, along comes the straw that beaks the camel’ back from his arrogant brother John, putting everything and everyone TJ cares for in jeopardy. John knows how badly TJ wants to fully be accepted back into the family fold, and is doing a good job as the family’ company investigator (not a real title), but it’s something. The Truth about the Devlins is the book you wished for just a few ore pages when you’ve finished.
Don’t waste time, grab this and get to reading.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book for an honest review..
Happy Reading Everyone!

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This is my first book by Scottoline, and it was a pleasant surprise. I went into this one blind, and it was different than my assumptions. This was a very entertaining read! There was family drama and action from the beginning. Miss in lies, deceit, and crime, and you have the makings of a great book.

This story was well-written, and the twists were well-placed and kept me wanting more. TJ was my fave! He was the perfect main character. He was damaged, but good deep down. He was sarcastic and quirky, and just a delight to get to know in this book. I was rooting for him from the beginning until the end.

Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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You are sucked in to this latest thriller on the opening page. It just builds from there. The Devlin's on the outside are a very successful family with a thriving law firm, Devlin & Devlin. The firm is founded by the parents and joined by John, the favored child and sister Gabby also a lawyer who does pro bono work. The story is told by TJ the family screw up or is he? After a stint in jail, he is given a made up job as an investigator for the firm. TJ gets caught up in the family business and unravels its secrets. Get ready for a ride, as this story will certainly provide some interesting twists and is wrapped up nicely at the end. Highly recommend.

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Such an excellent book! It has a bit of everything in it, and was such a pleasure to read. I promise, you won't regret this one!
Thank you to netgalley, the publisher and the author for the chance to read this awesome book.

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I've been a longtime fan of Lisa Scottoline since my college days.

The Truth About the Devlins is a stand-alone thriller, so you don't need to read any of her earlier works.

I did enjoy this book, but did think it moved a little slowly and was repetitive. The family was super dysfunctional and very unlikeable. I'm hoping for better from her next effort.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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This story is a slow burn, with a family filled with drama, contention, and malicious intent towards other family members. TJ a likeable main lead character tells the story from his point of view, starting with his downfall into alcoholism. The story is based around the family's law firm which all members are employed through, a pleasant slow burn read if you are looking for a story to keep you engaged.

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I thought this book was just okay. Found myself just wanting to get through it. Not super enjoying it. Sorry.

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TJ Devlin is the black sheep of the family full of prominent attorneys. One night his brother seeks out his help after thinking he may have killed a client. This causes the brothers to set off on an dangerous investigation into a conspiracy involving said client.

This one took me a while to get into so I will say it's a bit of a slow-burn but it really picks up toward the middle and never really slows down. Overall, this was an entertaining domestic thriller with a solid plot and some twists. There's also an interesting sideplot involving TJ's past and a mystery that unfolds about why he did some prison time. There's plenty of family drama too. I liked it but it didn't blow me away.

Thank you to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam for providing me a digital reviewer copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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This is actually the first Lisa Scottoline I've read but it surely won't be the last! This story covered family dynamics, alcoholism, prison, law, and unreliable stories and great mystery.

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This one didn't really hit for me. I got tired pretty quickly of listening to TJ constantly talk about his sobriety and I certainly didn't need a long discourse on how Miller Lite tastes. John was a real tool - if I was TJ, I would have left him to fend for himself by about page 25. The only one who was tolerable was Gabby. TJ should have left the rest of the family and never looked back.

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I hadn’t read anything by Lisa Scottoline up till now, but I found I really enjoyed her storytelling. Narrated by T.J., allegedly the black sheep in a family firm of accomplished lawyers, he shines as a recovering alcoholic trying to regain respect and self-respect after a prison sentence for an unfortunate mistake. He’s bright and funny as he tries to untangle the mystery of a dead client, avoid relapsing, and keep his family safe. The family dynamics at times seemed overdramatic, but T.J.’s voice and authentic personality carried the story.

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Was so excited to get the opportunity to read this acr. Lisa Scottoline is back with another highly entertaining, stand-alone thriller that has a “catchy” title, and a snarky, likable lead character who you can’t help but root for! What is the truth about the devlins--you just have to read to find out on your own!! Thank you netgalley for the arc in exchange for a review.

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Devlin & Devlin, a family law firm that all the family works in. All but TJ are lawyers. TJ, a recovering alcoholic works as investigator. He is a bit of the black sheep in the family and his dad and brother John seem to let him know that all too often.

One night, John calls very panicked and needing TJ's help. "I think I killed someone"! Well that put this story into fast gear as only Scottoline can tell. I certainly had a heart for TJ who. is so proud of his sobriety and works hard to stay sober each day. But what if you are forced to give up those two years of sobriety?

TJ works hard for his family despite them working against him at times. Some of this book felt like The Firm as layers unfold and you can feel the sweat and intensity build!

My thanks to Net Galley and GP Putnam's Sons for an advanced copy of this e-book.

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Reliably readable Lisa Scottoline is especially strong at telling stories in which the mysteries turn on, or tangle up, family dynamics. And rarely has a family had more tangled dynamics than the Devlins. To tell the truth, they’re a mess.

In “The Truth About the Devlins,” older son John is the perfect one, set to take over his father’s role at the family law firm. Daughter Gabby is a lawyer too, working pro bono on do-good cases.

And then there’s TJ, our flawed hero, a recovering alcoholic who spent time in prison and now does investigative work for the firm.

The scenario is turned upside down immediately, though, as John begs TJ to help him. He thinks he’s killed someone.

In some mysteries, this shocker would come halfway through, but one of the things that makes Scottoline a favorite author is that she plunges right into a story and piles on the twists along the way.

(Reviewed as audiobook. See link for more.)

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The truth about The Truth About the Devlins is that I really wasn’t that interested in the Devlins or the truth. Whew…that about sums up this dysfunctional and not very likable family. The book starts off strong but seems to branch off in so many directions adding in more characters until I just flat out lose interest. It could be me I admit, maybe just a mood but it sadly didn’t work. My thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Title: The Truth about the Devlins
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: GP Putnam’s Sons
Pub date: 3/26/2024

WOW! I didn’t want to put this one down. Every bit of free time I had, I’d sneak in what I could.

This legal thriller with a lot of family dynamics is pure adrenaline rush. You will be turning pages as fast as you can just to find out what the heck is going to happen next. All the twists - OMG!

The story centers around the Devlins, who have family law firm with standing in the community. The parents built the law firm with their oldest “good” son working to take over the reins, a daughter who works the pro bono cases to bring justice to the overlooked and the “bad” son investigator who is learning to live with his actions. However, now the good son (John) is hoping the bad son (TJ) can get him out of trouble. All TJ wants is to save his family’s name and get back in their good graces. But, getting back in good standing with the family is harder than he realizes and the events that transpire are challenging his resolve.

Thank you #NetGalley and #GPPutnamsSons for the opportunity to read this wild ride of a book.

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