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To Kill the Truth Reviews

To Kill the Truth by Sam Bourne

To Kill the Truth

Sam Bourne

3.67 out of 5

4 reviews

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Quercus Publishing
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 21 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781787474918

Taut, authoritative and explosive, To Kill the Truth takes us to the edge of anarchy, a world without truth in which history will be re-written by those who live to shape it. Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history's greatest crimes. Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs, lost for ever. Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game.

  • The TimesBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Marcel Berlins
1 Mar 2019

"To Kill the Truth is imaginative, intelligent and thought-provoking"

Sam Bourne’s To Kill the Truth is imaginative, intelligent and thought-provoking. Twenty years ago the basis of this thriller’s plot would have been considered ridiculous. Today it provokes a shiver... In Bourne’s thriller famous history professors are being bumped off and great libraries destroyed. The novel’s characters do their work competently, but it’s the storyline that will be remembered.


2 stars out of 5
22 Feb 2019

"The Trump-inflected thriller goes out of its way to hammer its message home"

That does not mean that Sam Bourne — a pseudonym for Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland — has written an unsuccessful book. It may mean just the opposite. Bourne writes smooth sentences, and the fact that To Kill the Truth is a rant first and a thrill-ride second will appeal strongly to a certain group of readers. Judging by the sales of Bourne’s previous books, it’s a big group too.

  • The Sunday TimesMust Read
  • The Sunday TimesThriller of the Month
4 stars out of 5
17 Feb 2019

"here Bourne deftly links conspiracy to personal ordeal"

...in To Kill the Truth, Costello rivetingly tackles a cabal of Holocaust and slavery deniers, whose aim is nothing less than to destroy memory — libraries are burnt down, historians murdered and online archives deleted.

Although the conspiracy thriller à la Dan Brown has often seemed an unlikely literary template for a sensible liberal journalist, it looks a perfect fit in an era of lurid revelations and wholly implausible plots that are nevertheless real. And here Bourne deftly links conspiracy to personal ordeal

4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
15 Feb 2019

"The premise, if far-fetched, is both intriguing and, in the current climate of post-truth, fake news and sour populism, grimly topica"

The premise, if far-fetched, is both intriguing and, in the current climate of post-truth, fake news and sour populism, grimly topical. Former White House troubleshooter Maggie Costello gets caught up in the race to stop the destruction when she is tasked with looking into the death of a professor who specialises in the history of slavery. A propulsive plot and an appealing heroine – series character Maggie is game, smart and, it must be said, miraculously non-flammable – make up for sometimes clumsy writing.