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Lisa Scottoline has done it again! Developed an intriguing book with believable characters, an interesting plot, and incorporated courtroom drama as well as a dysfunctional family.
The Devlins are a family of lawyers including both parents who founded a well respected Philadelphia law firm, their oldest son, John, and daughter, Gabby. On the surface, all seems well with the family except for the younger son TJ who partied through college, has a history of alcoholism, and served time for a tragic event. After his release, the family takes him into the firm as an investigator. Much of the story centered on TJ and his investigations starting with one that John discovered while working on the merger of 2 firms that would give the firm (and him) a lot of money. However, John discovered instances of embezzlement and sent TJ to look into the people responsible for it. at the same time, TJ was helping his sister on a pro bono case involving medical experiments for big pharma. companies on Philadelphia prisoners (without consent). An integral part of TJs life is wrestling with the demons of alcoholism and doing the right thing. In addition, his family generally had low expectations for this man, and little respect for his battle to stay sober, and to be accepted by his family and to find someone to develop a relationship with. The short chapters 53-58 were exciting and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Here, the author showed the outcome of a family working together -something missing in most of the book - and it was gratifying to me to read that. The ending was hopeful and I thought that everyone got what they deserved.
I received a complementary ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher and am leaving my own opinions of it.

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The Truth About the Devlins is a standalone read. I was really looking forward to readding this one. The description was interesting, but it soon turned into a story about a self-entitled wealthy family that wasn't interesting or did I care about.

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Lisa Scottaline's diverse writing styles have consistently captivated my attention throughout her literary works. In this particular novel, she adopts a legal thriller approach reminiscent of John Grisham's style. The common characteristics of her books include well-developed characters, a well-paced narrative, and engaging plots that keep readers engrossed.

While I personally found the conclusion somewhat unsatisfying, please note, it is MY opinion and not reflective of this book. My colleague also received an ARC copy and she found the conclusion extremely plausible.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for an ARC digital copy for my honest review.

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This book was much more of a legal thriller than I originally expected. I felt a lot of the times that things were repetitive. I did like that TJ had a happy ending, but not with his old girlfriend.

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Lisa Scottaline has such a great writing style, this does not disappoint. From page one you are hooked and want to keep reading more and more. She develops these characters so well that you feel like you know them all.

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The Truth about the Devlins is a suspenseful book. Scottoline delivers another intriguing story that will have the reader guessing how this story will end. I highly recommend reading any Lisa Scottoline book.

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TJ Devlin has been a constant disappointment to his successful family so when his older brother is looking to cover up a possible murder, he turns to TJ for help. TJ, at the time, has no idea what he's getting himself involved in and that he'll question everyone and everything before he finds out the truth!

I've always enjoyed Scottoline's writing style and story development and The Truth About The Devlins was no different! The characters were well developed and enjoyable and the story kept me questioning till the end! The conclusion of the story was pretty anticlimactic but, overall, I enjoyed the story and found parts that were difficult to put down!

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3.5 stars.

I feel like the first half of this was a little slow and I wasn’t really into it at first. But I really enjoyed the second half! Loved the drama between the family members and really felt for TJ. A lot of action at the end too! Overall not my favorite from this author but a solid read.

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Honestly, I really enjoyed this book - even stayed up 45 minutes later than my bedtime to finish it. That said, if I had parents like the couple in this saga, I'd have bailed out of house and home before I was even in kindergarten. Yowsa!

Everyone in the Devlin family is a lawyer - following, of course, in the footsteps of their illustrious father and mother. That is, John and Gabby did; T.J., the youngest, went in an entirely different direction. Plagued by alcoholism that led to a stint in prison, he's always been the black sheep for whom all the others in the family tried to not only compensate for, but cover up. Now, he's out but on parole, staying on the wagon with help from AA meetings. Of course, his parents took him in at their prestigious law firm, where he functions as an unlicensed private investigator and gopher. His drunken actions also cost him his wife and daughter, so as far as the world is concerned, he's walking around with a big "L" on his chest (he even sees himself that way).

But one night, brother John tells T.J. that he "accidentally" murdered an accountant who works for their biggest client - one whose company is in the final stages of acquisition that will make the owner - and the Devlin firm - a boatload of money. John apparently discovered proof of serious embezzlement at the company and confronted the accountant - who then reacted badly.

Against T.J.'s better judgment, he agrees to keep everything secret from the parents, who would be devastated at best to learn that their golden boy was tarnished (and certainly not happy that the murder wouldn't set well with the company that's acquiring their client). But T.J. also pledges, at least to himself, to investigate; when the accountant's body isn't where it's supposed to be, questions arise. Even more questions surface the following day, when the accountant turns up in a different location, shot dead by a bullet - definitely not the rock John claims to have used as a weapon.

As T.J.'s investigation - and that of the police - move forward, it becomes clear that the parents will do anything to keep their law firm's good name intact, including throw T.J. under the bus (he's the black sheep, after all; hopefully, nobody will spot him under there). Meantime, to pay his bills, T.J. helps his sister Gabby as she prepares a precedent-setting lawsuit on behalf of former prisoners on whom life-altering drugs were tested during their incarceration. Pro bono work looks good on a law firm's books, don't you know, and her parents can turn her loose and let their golden son shine in the "real" courtroom.

The rest of the book follows T.J.'s investigation, which quickly begins to turn dangerous, as well as the fallout that threatens the family dynamics. It's nonstop action right up to the end, when all the issues get resolved (and I almost - almost - begin to somewhat sort of warm up to the parents kinda). Very entertaining, and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy.

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The Truth about the Devlins is the newest novel by Lisa Scottoline. The story follows TJ, a recovering alcoholic, ex-con who is working as an investigator at his family's law firm. When the accountant at a company in the midst of a merger/acquisition deal the law firm is representing is murdered, things start to get intense for TJ and his family.

I've read several of Lisa Scottoline's books and I enjoyed this one. There were several characters to keep track of, but once that was understood, the story flowed quickly and smoothly. Definitely an author who will continue to be an auto-read for me!

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This was surprisingly my first read from seasoned author Scottoline, and I l’m glad I finally read something by her! I really enjoyed the legal thriller aspects of the story, the author has a law background so it’s interesting how she incorporated a real case into the story.
However I was less invested in the characters than I hoped - largely because I didn’t really enjoy TJ as a protagonist. He’s a 30something former criminal and alcoholic, but I felt like his personality has jarring contrasts between him being ‘tough’ and then crying in every other chapter. His ‘resolution’ also seemed a bit sudden and I felt like it couldve packed a bigger punch. Overall I was invested in the story, a decent 3 star read! Fans of her previous work will probably enjoy this one.

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Lisa Scottoline's The Truth about the Devlin's is a compelling story of the Devlin family told by the black sheep of the family, Thomas (TJ) Devlin. The Devlins are a family of lawyers working in the same firm, except for TJ who has had his share of problems with drinking and jail time and is now the firm’s investigator. TJ, who has been on parole for the past two years after pulling a really stupid stunt while drunk, gets pulled into a messy investigation by his older brother, John when John says he just killed someone.

Not just anyone. But a client. Of course, being the family's embarrassment, right away it is TJ, not John who is the problem. John immediately tries to conceal the incident, even lying to their parents, claiming that T.J. has relapsed into alcoholism, even though he's been sober for a considerable time. Since John is the perfect one, his family, especially his father, believes that TJ fell off the wagon. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, as it were.

T.J. becomes suspicious after realizing they are being followed by an unknown car. It appears that someone knows about their involvement with the victim and is willing to do anything to stop the investigation. Meanwhile, TJ takes on a pro bono case assigned by his sister, Gabby, related to illegal drug tests conducted on inmates in multiple prisons by several pharmaceutical companies, resulting in terminal diseases. Gabby needs TJ’s help to get justice for her dying plaintiffs-prisoners who were experimented on by a large pharmaceutical company while they were in prison.

TJ not only has to deal with John's mistake and his apparent secretive behavior, and help Gabby get justice, but he also has to deal with his own demons as he tries to remain sober while also adopting a demon cat named Mango and making up to the woman who he disappointed the most. When it appears that someone is attempting to silence TJ, as well as Gabby, the story ramps up to full throttle danger. TJ’s character felt very authentic to me in his struggles. His desire to be accepted by his family and to be loved by the woman he disappointed.

*Note* Gabriella's lawsuit on behalf of former inmates at Holmesburg Prison is not only horrifying but based on true events that some of Philadelphia's prisons. Prisoners were used as human subjects of medical experimentation from the early late fifties to the early seventies by government agencies, as well as corrupt medical doctors. This all appears to have happened before the era of informed consent. The inmates tested an array of products under the auspices of the late Dr. Albert Kingman, who was then a professor the University of Penn. Thus, while the plaintiffs in the novel are fictional, the case they brought is founded on true historical facts as described in the novel.

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A tight-knit, successful family may not be all that it seems.

The Devlin family is well-known and highly regarded in the Philadelphia area. The parents, both lawyers, have built the family firm up to be a powerful legal force. They are all whip-smart, hard-working and driven to succeed….all except one, that is. John is the typical type-A, super-competitive oldest child; he has a beautiful wife, an adorable child, and is building a successful portfolio of mergers and acquisitions as a lawyer in the family firm. Gabby, the middle child, is also a lawyer and married, but her passion is her pro-bono work. TJ is….well, not like the others. He has always been the funny, charming one who partied too hard during college and dropped out a few classes shy of graduation. He also was an alcoholic who was able to (mostly) hide it from the ones he loved, until one night when his addiction caused events that almost ended in tragedy. He pled guilty to the charges, did his time in prison, and now works as an investigator of sorts for the family firm. He’s the family screw-up, and knows it. Then one night his perfect older brother begs for TJ’s help….John insists that he has killed someone, an employee of a client of the firm, and he needs TJ to help him clean things up. TJ has no desire to run afoul of the law, but the pull of family loyalty is strong and he agrees to try to help. No good deed ever goes unpunished, and soon TJ is being followed, his apartment has been bugged, and John is telling everyone that TJ has relapsed in his recovery. As he struggles to maintain his sobriety and find out what is happening with John and the client firm that seems to be at the heart of the current problem, all while proving his worth to his family and himself, he has to decide where family loyalty ends and self-preservation kicks in.
There are two main storylines in this engrossing novel, the mystery at the heart of John’s actions and the dynamics of a family with plenty of love but perhaps too many secrets. The characters are all well-developed….the somewhat arrogant golden brother John, the passionate and nurturing sister Gabby, and of course the snarky brother who feels too deeply how he has disappointed his family. The father is a man of exacting standards who TJ has never felt able to please; the mother loves her children deeply but often acts and thinks like a lawyer rather than a mother. There is also the pro-bono case on which Gabby and TJ are working, based on true events in Philadelphia history, having to do with medical experiments run on inmates in Philadelphia area jails in the days before informed consent was required. TJ is an all-too-easy scapegoat for John’s actions, and the rest of the family is quick to believe that TJ has let them down yet again. In facing some of the demons of his past, TJ is able to dig in to redeem himself and in doing so causes the facade of the perfect Devlin family to crack. A very satisfying read on many levels, both as a thriller and as a study of flawed family dynamics and of redemption. The plot is well-paced, and takes its share of twists along the way. Fans of Lisa Scottoline will enjoy this latest outing, as will fans of authors like Sara Paretsky, Tess Gerritsen and David Baldacci (to name just a few). I highly recommend The Truth About the Devlins, and thank NetGalley and G. P. Putnam’s and Sons for allowing me access to this well-written and hard-to-put down nove.

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Law, addiction and family are at the forefront of this action-packed thriller. Author Lisa Scottoline keeps you on the edge of your seat with the suspicion of murder all putting the family law business of Devlin and Devlin at risk.

TJ, John and Gabby, the Devlin siblings all have their own vested interest in the business and the family . Having been raised by a strict father, and one who devotes his life to his business, they were cautiously secretive in their actions and forthcomings.

Can TJ ever live down the truth of his past that resides him? Addiction, prison and a broken relationship harbor at his every memory. His family are the only ones who will employ him as an “investigator” …which will later come to be his savior.

John, the golden child of the family, is distraught and reaches out to TJ , to admit he murdered someone , a client involved in embezzlement.

Gabby is handling pro bono cases for the family business and is trying to help clients who were illegally used to test drugs.

A triage of legality brings the family together once again but first lies, deception and trust question The Devlin’s circle of trust.

Will “The Truth About the Devlin’s” keep a family together or tear them apart?

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this domestic thriller. Crime, law and justice at work. A distinguished families trust questioned. I highly recommend this to anyone who finds a crime suspense novel a thrill. Page-turner!

Thanks to GP Putnam Sons and @netgalley for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Solid page-turner! My heart broke at times during this one for TJ, underestimated by his family and thrown under the bus often, but his love and dedication to them drives this story. Great twists and a story that keeps it moving.

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And here I thought I enjoyed What Happened to the Bennetts! Pshhhh. The Truth about the Devlins by Lisa Scottoline is another pulse-pounding domestic thriller about family, justice, and the lies that tear us apart.
This is a very well written book that will keep you guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat.
A clever, entertaining and addictive psychological suspense novel.
The Truth about the Devlins is an intriguing and tension-filled family drama. Lisa Scottoline’s writing is stellar. She draws us in and takes us on a breathless ride. It is a gut-wrenching story that will have you holding your family close.
Scottoline not only made the ending surprising and unexpected, she also managed to make it satisfying and completely plausible.

Thank You NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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A very enthusiastic read from the author Lisa Scottoline again. What Happened to the Bennetts kept me on the edge to find out what happened, but this one gained a stronger momentum with characters well played out. The Devins are a very entitled family with everyone a lawyer except for TJ. He took a different path that led him into prison and rehab for his drinking. Trying to help get his life together, the family hires him as an investigator for their cases.

TJ's brother John reveals he needs his help to cover the death of his accountant when an argument over embezzlement gets out of hand. When he begins the investigation, he opens a Pandora box that puts the whole family in danger.

Gabby, TJ's sister, is working to find justice for some inmates used for medical experiments and needs his help. He is a strong character and focuses on building it, while looking for redemption.
The author did an excellent research job on the premises of the story which was based on some real events.
Thank you NetGalley and GP Putnam's Sons for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for the digital ARC of ”The Truth About the Devlins” in exchange for my honest opinion. I really tried to like this book. It starts off right in the middle of the drama and I liked TJ as a character. The dialogue was very cringy, as the kids would say. I had major issues with John lying about TJ’s drinking problem. I can’t imagine anyone doing that to a family member when they have seen the struggles and the importance of sobriety. At that point I could have cared less about what happed to John. Things were fairy predictable throughout and there was too neat of a bow to wrap things up in the end. I know this book has a high overall rating, it just wasn’t what I look for in a thriller/mystery.

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Crime fiction with a messed up family
TJ was easy to root for - really understood his past trauma.
Highly entertaining and suspenseful

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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This story was very different from What Happened to the Bennett’s. It’s not a sequel or anything, but I guess I assumed it might have some of the same plot lines. I was wrong. I liked that.
This isn’t so much a thriller, but more of a family drama like her other book. T.J. ( an ex convict) gets a call from his brother John that he killed a client, and basically their world gets flipped upside down.
I would recommend this book, I did find her other one a bit more fast paced, but I still enjoyed this story for its interesting dynamics.
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!

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