Jagged Truth

Sydney Rye Mysteries Book 17 · Emily Kimelman
16 reviews

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Robert Maxim's smirk feels a little like home, like the scary exciting basement steps with their shadows and hints of unnatural powers. 

A cold wind rushes across the fallow corn field, pulling at my cargo pants and dipping into the open neck of my long overcoat.

It's too large for me, drooping off the shoulders and buttoned around my son, James, as he sleeps against my chest in his baby carrier.

Blue's nose taps my hip. My son's breath warms my chest. This is home. They say you can’t ever go home again–but I think they're wrong. No matter where I stand, as long as I have these two with me, I am home. 

Robert Maxim, on the other hand…I know I don't belong with him although he doesn't agree. The man is richer and more powerful than anyone should be. He holds as much sway over our world as the basement steps over the imagination of a child—it's a death grip that makes no sense.

Here he stands now, the same cold wind bracketing me, teasing his hair—sable but silvered at the temples, just like a real villain. His ebony coat fits him perfectly, the material the kind of soft black that absorbs light.

When we are ten feet away, Robert stirs, moving forward to meet us. "Sydney," he says in that voice of his, looking at me with those oceanic eyes, smiling with that smirk. Robert's gaze drops to Blue. "Blue," he says, nodding a greeting.

Blue's tail wags, and he lets out a warble. Robert's smirk spreads into a smile. Blue doesn't hate Robert Maxim. Which is a point in Robert's favor. But there are too many checkmarks in the "this guy is a dangerous psychopath column" to totally trust Blue's assessment that he shouldn't be mauled on sight.

"Robert," I say, tilting my chin up.

His gaze shifts to the bulge under my coat. My arms circle James. The black wool coat reaches past my knees covering James's body, keeping him hidden and warm. "He's asleep."

"I've so looked forward to meeting him."

I spent James's entire life—all eleven months of it—hiding. Not just from Robert Maxim, but he was one of the key components that made me want to bury myself away from the world.

I may believe you can find home no matter where you are…but that also means you can't ever run away from yourself. Wherever you go, there you are…and in my case Robert Maxim is there too.

"I left you, Robert. You must realize that I'm not going to let you be in my son's life."

"No?" His gaze drops to the top of James's head. He leans forward to get a peek at his face, and the emotion that steals over Robert Maxim breaks off a piece of my heart and runs away with it. "You can have it all," Robert says. "Any thing or person you desire." He throws the word desire at me like it's mine, like I should own it. "All of your wants and needs can be met. You just have to allow yourself to have them." His eyes come back to mine. "Can you do that, Sydney? Let yourself have everything you want?"

"How do I get you to just leave me alone?"

His nostrils flare, and the skin around his eyes tighten.

"You can have that too. I'm not here to force you into my bed, Sydney. I'm here to save your life."

P.S. The dog does not die.

**Beware: If you can’t handle a few f-bombs, you can’t handle this series.**

Ratings and reviews

16 reviews
Tony Reynolds
September 25, 2023
Emily Kimelman has served up another compelling read with Jagged Truth, her latest Sydney Rye adventure. Sydney Rye is a complex, and at times conflicted character - making her all that more endearing to readers. I totally enjoy the wild ride of the story but equally enjoy Sydney’s “thought bobbles” that are seamlessly woven into the tale. Readers are given some food for thought as Jagged Truth walks the fine line of moral and survival questions to keep the world in balance and the good guys alive. Kimelman, through Sydney Rye, has made a major contribution to how we measure things. We had imperial and metric for all things physical - but we lacked any precision for social measurements. We used the amorphous ‘personal space’ or ‘polite distance’ or ‘in your face’ but it was Sydney who quantified it. To the social scale we now add TPD - Throat Punch Distance. Sydney wants you in for a hug if you are a good guy, and at TPD if you are not. Love it.
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Kirsten Huskić
September 27, 2023
Sydney's drama-filled journey continues in this book. She travels from place to place, never being able to settle long, before the next issues arise and she's forced to run. The men in her life are constantly surprising her, and not in a good way. Everyone has their own motives and it's difficult to know who to trust. I love Blue and the other dogs, and they're reunited in this one. Frank is adorable and silly, as usual. This was an action-packed story, from start to finish, and was a good addition to the series. Read it in one sitting!
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Ellen White
September 25, 2023
Amazing, interesting story, the author never disappoints us, nor does Sydney. Sydney draws us into her world, the love-hate she has with some people. A story showing the love over everything else is her infant son James A complex life, the evil of some that are around.her. The love- hate of the man whose the father of her child. Then the gray world she had built with Peter. Realizing she was not cut out for a normal life, yet wanted love and family Great plot, one reads several times
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I write because I love to read, but I have specific tastes...

If I was offered a job as a professional reader with no strings attached, I would take it. Getting paid to sit around and read while drinking tea all day—I'm there. Since that’s not possible, I became an author.

I write the books I want to read—stories that give me the immersive reading experiences I crave. When a series grabs me, and it's all I can think about, I'm SO happy. When my inner dialogue starts sounding like the protagonist of my current read, I think, Oh yeah, this is IT. This is what I love.

When I finish a book, and I NEED to immediately grab the next one in the series, that’s the intensity I crave. When I binge read an entire series, I want to feel like my own reality changed—as if the stories I read affected the real world just a little. After a great series I'm a little wiser, a little more grateful for my everyday existence, and a little more aware that my personal perspective is not everyone's.

Personally, I like to spend time in fictional worlds where justice is exacted with a vengeance, even though good and bad are not always black and white. Give me raw stories with a main character who occasionally makes me laugh, is flawed like we all are, and feels like a friend by the end of the first few chapters. They don’t have to be a friend I always LIKE, per se, but a part of me has to root for them.

For me, the sentence structure is important. Too much passive voice, and I'm out. I do not mind four-letter words at all though. Sex in books can go either way—fade to black or show me the details, but either way there has to be a reason it’s in the story. I'm also into heroic pets, plots that seem totally unhinged but all come together in the end with a BANG, and long series so I always have more to look forward to.

Those are the types of stories I love reading, so that’s how I write. If you’re into some or all of the above then I think we are going to get along fantastically.


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