Will, a recovering heroin addict-turned-counselor for whom truth is a championed element to recovery, has a dark secret -- shared with no one outside of his anonymous AA meetings. Over twenty years ago, after an ultimatum from his pregnant ex-wife, Will was forced to assume a new identity and to fake his own death to get out from under his dealer and user-friends once and for all.
Now Will is counseling Thea, a young woman who has been diagnosed with a pathological addiction to creating fake social media identities, and who founded a start-up company ("Alibis") that created false internet identities for clients, many with suspect pasts. Thea's addiction has landed her in rehab as a condition of her parole -- after a plea bargain cut short a court case that would have put both Thea and Alibis on trial for a very high-profile crime.
As Will works with Thea, the truth is put into motion on a collision course. Both Will's, and his young client's, secrets start to unravel ... and reveal, at long last, the truth about Thea.
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Will got a second chance, something he's grateful for every day. He was a heroine addict with a large debt he couldn't pay off and his life was in danger. His wife, a pathologist, gave him the opportunity to disappear. Will turned his life around and is now a counsellor, helping addicts on their way to recovery. Will only shares his secret in his support meetings with other addicts and the last thing he expects is being confronted with his past, but that's exactly what happens. Will's new patient Thea has a difficult history. She ends up in rehab because of a social media addiction. Thea's company, Alibis, gave clients false internet identities for all sorts of reasons. Thea is a master manipulator and she obviously has something to hide, but what is it? How can Will uncover more, and especially accurate, information about his new patient and what will he do when he finds out everything he should know? What is the truth about the mysterious Thea? The Truth About Thea is a fantastic gripping story. I was curious about Thea from the start. I love stories about secrets and it's clear she has a lot to hide. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what it was. Thea's business landed her in a big mess, but being sent to rehab instead of prison might save her from a terrible fate. Thea is fierce, evasive, enigmatic and aloof. That makes her incredibly fascinating. Will doesn't know what he's dealing with exactly. He's a good therapist, but there's something about Thea that makes him eager to learn more, but also anxious because of what he might find out. I liked that contrast and enjoyed anticipating what he'd uncover. Amy Impellizzeri has written a clever plot filled with suspense and smoke screens. I was impressed by the way her story has been put together. It's well written, there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns and there are many puzzles to solve. I loved being surprised. The Truth About Thea keeps changing direction and that makes it intriguing and thrilling. Amy Impellizzeri kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I really loved The Truth About Thea, it's a terrific spellbinding and intelligent story.