Title: The Truth of Yesterday
Author: Josh Aterovis
Cover Design: Josh Aterovis
Buy Link: Buy Link The Truth of Yesterday
Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Murder Mystery, Paranormal, Contemporary M/M, YA
Length: Novel (376 paperback pages)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Buda
Summary Review: The fourth Killian Kendall mystery is a worthy continuation of a fun and energetic series.
“We like to think of life as a story – complete with a nice, neat beginning, middle, and end. Real life is seldom that orderly. We often forget just how powerful the past can be. After all, it’s over and done with, so how can the past affect the present? The truth is, while it may be over, it is seldom done. The past has a way of twisting our perception, our feelings, and even our reality. Things we thought long behind us can suddenly be very much before us.”
Killian is thrilled when his first real case takes him on a surveillance trip to Washington D.C. – and with his boyfriend Micah, no less. When Micah takes him out to celebrate the successful resolution of his case, Micah’s past comes back to haunt them in a big way. Killian is stunned by what he learns, and even more shocked to hear about the murder of Micah’s former lover, Paul. The truth threatens to tear them apart, but at the same time, Killian finds himself drawn to find Paul’s killer. Meanwhile, Judy has asked him to investigate an old friend, Jake, whose behavior has changed radically over the last few months. She is worried he may be involved in something dangerous…and she has no idea how right she is. Entering into the perilous and often grim world of male escorts, Killian discovers that things are seldom what they seem and everyone has a past. The truth of yesterday becomes a lie tomorrow.
When I first selected this book to review, I had no idea it was part of a series. I read the first two chapters and immediately emailed Wave, wondering just what I had missed. Thankfully, she sent me the three previous books so I could catch up completely. My first thought was, “The last thing I need is another series to follow!” Now, having read all four books, I definitely have another series to follow–and I couldn’t be happier about it! Killian Kendall is just that much fun, Josh Aterovis’s writing is just that good. The first book in the series, Bleeding Hearts, was reviewed by Kris here. All Things Lost, book three, was reviewed here. Somehow book two, Reap the Whirlwind (my personal favorite), was missed. These are definitely not designed to be stand alone reads, so do yourself the favor of starting from the beginning.
Killian Kendall is finally eighteen. He graduated high school in All Things Lost and has started college at Pemberton University. He’s still working for Shane Novak, the private investigator, and finally has his own case to work, following a suspected cheating husband. Kill has learned a lot from Novak and their relationship is fun to watch. While in the course of his investigation, Killian discovers the possibly-cheating husband will be taking a business trip to Washington DC. Novak will only let him go if Killian’s boyfriend, Micah Gerber, who went to college in DC, accompanies him. Micah is very much against the idea, but eventually relents. In DC, Killian continues his investigation to awkward and hilarious ends, but he learns something about Micah’s past that challenges their relationship.
As in the previous books, several story threads weave around Killian. He is a very busy guy. Not only does he have to face the revelations about Micah’s past, but Micah asks Killian to investigate the murder of Micah’s ex-boyfriend, Paul. Killian is reluctant, not only because Paul lived in DC, but eventually he sees this as a way to learn more about Micah’s past and, hopefully, help him come to terms with it. Judy, the woman who keeps after Killian to learn about his Gifts, asks his help in finding out just what is going on with her troubled nephew, Jake. On top of all this, Amalie, the ghostly resident of Killian’s adoptive fathers’ bed and breakfast, has apparently not found the peace they all hoped they’d helped her find in All Things Lost. Now Amalie is making appearances to Adam and Steve’s guests, freaking them out and straining the men’s relationship. Killian, who has been steadfastly avoiding learning more about his Gifts, may be the only one who can help Adam and Steve save their relationship and their fledgling business.
The Killian Kendall Mysteries have all sucked me right in and not let go until the last page. Kill is refreshingly honest and still more than a little innocent, mostly untainted by his past bad experiences. Here he meets Christina, who will be guiding him around DC as he investigates Paul’s death:
I gave a purely mental sigh and approached her. As soon as she saw me moving in her direction, she locked a pair of steely gray eyes on me. “Are you Killian?” she asked in a low voice as soon as I was close enough to hear her.
I nodded. “You must be Christina.”
“You can call me Chris.”
“Hi, Chris.” I smiled my biggest smile, but her sober expression didn’t waver. “I’m impressed you recognized me.”
“Well, your boss said to watch for a pretty little blond boy. He didn’t mention you were gay, but if he had, it would have made it even easier.”
I blinked in surprise. “I’m gay?” I repeated stupidly.
She blinked back at me. “You didn’t know?”
The paranormal element is ramped up quite a lot in this installment. Judy and Seth, Killian’s dead friend and Adam’s son, both try repeatedly to convince Killian he needs to get a handle on his Gifts. It isn’t until Killian experiences something new and entirely frightening that he agrees they’re right. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens with these Gifts in future installments of the series.
The Truth of Yesterday is a fun, energetic ride with enough twists and turns to keep you interested, and enough humor to keep you entertained. I have very much enjoyed getting to know Killian and his world and I’m sure you will, too. Highly recommended.