All the Truth That’s In Me is a fascinating, riveting historical novel. The story is told in short, affecting chapters and beautifully written; the tension and suspense build quickly and elegantly, propelling readers through the novel at a breakneck pace. Judith’s narration is distinct and smart, and her struggle to learn to communicate once more with her family and the people in her town, despite physical and emotional barriers, is emotional and more dangerous than she can imagine. Patient, curious readers will be fascinated by this intense book as the plot—and Judith’s secrets—are slowly peeled back to reveal a terrible crime and one town’s fear and prejudice.
Cover Comments: I like the title treatment and how dramatic this book looks, but the girl on the cover has way too much makeup on to be a historical fiction character. In fact, it seems like the book's entire marketing plan revolves around making this novel NOT appear to be a historical fiction book. I find this weird, and slightly misleading, especially since I would have read this book much sooner if I had known it was historical fiction--but that's just me! What do you think of the cover?
ARC picked up at BEA '13.