Book Review

THE KINDEST LIE by Nancy Johnson

Rating: 4.5 / 5

THE KINDEST LIE by Nancy Johnson takes the reader back to 2008 as President Barack Obama is taking office and hope is high for change. Ruth is living in Chicago with a good job and a good marriage, but she is still haunted by secrets from her past. Unknown to her husband she gave up a baby when she was a teen, giving in to family pressure to let the child go so she could start anew. Before she can grow her family, she needs answers to the child in her past.

Ruth finds her old Indiana hometown even more rundown than she remembers it and unemployment and violence are prevalent. Her family is resistant to her quest for answers and prying information out of them is even harder than she anticipated. As she tries, she forms a friendship with a young white boy named Midnight and she is drawn into his story as much as she is her own.

This book was around Instagram a lot when it came out in February and I’m remember responding to a lot of glowing reviews that I wanted to read it. It took me quite a few more months to read it and move months still to get around to writing a review, but I am so glad I finally picked up a copy!

The author really brings through the different environments of the story through the page. Ruth’s husband has so much hope in that 2008 moment for the future that has him wanting to bring children into the world. Ruth’s return to Indiana makes for an abrupt change. There isn’t as much hope there as people are facing daily issues of unemployment, racism, and violence.

This wasn’t always an easy read, but I stayed hooked on Ruth’s story and the investigation she makes into her own past. This is a book well worth reading!

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