I remember playing the children’s game ‘Truth or Dare’ as a young girl. The title of this novel reminded me of that game. Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that telling the truth is always the best option because one lie often leads to more lies. I have never been daring and I have become even less so with age.
In ‘The Truth, The Lie & The Dare’ by Sinmisola Ogunyinka, we are introduced to two main characters – Christine and Chico. They appear strong-willed, fiercely independent, and proficient at their jobs. However, the real truth about them is that they are both emotionally vulnerable and scarred from failed relationships, betrayal and domestic abuse. Christine has survived by avoiding confrontations at home. Chico does not hesitate to face conflicts head-on. He is unapologetic about the type of man that he is. Can they overcome their lies, prejudices and scarred pasts? Can they dare to build a relationship devoid of walls and facades despite the social class disparity between them? Will this unlikely union bring them emotional healing, or worsen their pain?
‘The Truth, The Lie & The Dare‘ is laden with subtle messages on how to handle domestic abuse and move on after betrayal and hurt. It is written in third person narrative and the dialogue flows naturally. There is a rich description of scenes and settings so I could easily picture the places the author was writing about. It contained believable characters and I found it easy to follow them enthusiastically as they faced their conflicts in their individual journeys in the book. The pacing at the beginning was a little slow, but as the story progressed, I had great difficulty putting it down. It was an enjoyable read with enough twists and turns to keep me captivated. It will be enjoyed by young adults and adults.