them will surprise readers in the very last line of the book.
Kouplan is desperate to make ends meet in Stockholm. The undocumented Iranian refugee risks everything by placing an ad in the local paper. "Private detective. If the police can't help, call me!" Pernilla calls immediately, saying her six-year-old daughter, Julia, is missing. She can't go to the police.
Kouplan is used to hiding from authorities. Despite his own fear of the police and deportation or prison, he returns to the scene where Julia disappeared. Kouplan questions a number of people about the missing girl. He fumbles through his first job as a private detective, learning on the job. But, as he studies Pernilla, and looks for the missing child, something in Pernilla's account doesn't ring true.
The suspenseful story slowly unfolds through the eyes of Kouplan, Pernilla, and a young girl held captive. Each character reveals pieces of the truth, bit by bit, until the stunning final sentence turns the reader's beliefs upside down.
The Truth Behind the Lie is an unusual character study of two needy people. They find strength in each other, despite their secrets. Readers who appreciate complex mysteries that unfold carefully will appreciate the twists in this book.
Sara Lovestam's website is https://saralovestam.se/in-english/
The Truth Behind the Lie by Sara Lovestam. Minotaur Books, 2019. ISBN 9781250300072 (hardcover), 288p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.