Truth and Other Lies

Fiction - Womens
360 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2022
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Author Biography

In a career that’s included work as a journalist, a psychologist, and the founder of a national art consulting company, Maggie Smith now adds novelist to her resume with the publication of her debut, Truth and Other Lies. In addition to her writing, Maggie hosts the weekly podcast Hear Us Roar, where she interviews debut authors about their novel and their path to publication and blogs monthly for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. A board member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, she’s Managing Editor of their Write City Magazine, and coordinator of Book Nook, which highlights Chicago-area independent bookstores. She resides in Milwaukee WI with her husband and her aging but still adorable sheltie.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Megan Barnes was an investigative reporter who got fired from her job in New York. She also caught her boyfriend in bed with a neighbor on the same day. After Megan lost it all, she ran back to her mother’s home in Chicago, but things happened. Megan met the iconic Jocelyn Jones, an investigative journalist, and her mother entered the race to become a United States Congresswoman. Megan landed a job in Jocelyn’s PR team. Things fell apart when someone tweeted an accusation that could destroy Jocelyn’s polished career that spanned four decades. The burden fell on Megan to save her mentor’s reputation, but her findings led to blackmail and threats that put her mother in the line of fire. What will Megan do? Find out how Truth and Other Lies by Maggie Smith unravels.

An adored mentor, a starry-eyed protégée, and her mother’s love! Truth and Other Lies by Maggie Smith was a fantastic book that started on a light note, eased me in, and then took off. It sustained the fast-paced momentum until the end, with a satisfying cliffhanger. The novel explored manipulation and the struggle to remain honest in a world where the privileged win. What would you do if a situation made you choose between upholding the truth/moral ethics and protecting your loved one? That was a question I kept asking myself. This novel highlighted idolization and hero worship. No one is perfect, and humans have many layers, especially those in power. We should admire but never fall for the facade. Maggie has a talent for spinning stories and showed it in her classic writing. The story was relatable and realistic, especially for professionals. I loved the excellent plot, character development, and pace of the novel. The end left me hungry for more because it was not over. Great job, Maggie!


Well written.


Well written.