Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Romig Works
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Psychological Thriller
BEHIND HIS EYES—TRUTH is the second of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES three reading companions, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. It is recommended to be read after completing all three books of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES: Consequences, Truth, and Convicted. It is not a standalone book and should not be read as such.
This reading companion explores the thoughts and motivations of Anthony Rawlings and his struggle to accept the truth behind the consequences. It is not intended as a total rewrite of TRUTH, but meant to enhance the reader’s understanding. BEHIND HIS EYES—TRUTH contains significant scenes from the novel TRUTH, as experienced from Anthony’s point of view. It also contains never before published, behind-the-scenes information, a glossary of the characters, and a timeline that grows from Consequences to include the array of new characters and revelations found in the pages of Truth.
BEHIND HIS EYES—TRUTH is the continued journey inside the mind of the man who survived the consequences. This companion allows readers the opportunity to witness first hand as Anthony’s world changes forever. His rules and control begin to slip away, threatened by the most unlikely foes—an experience completely unfamiliar to him.
Can something as pure as love and forgiveness wreak havoc on his well-planned existence?
Of all the Consequences novels, Truth was the most difficult for me to read. Consequences was shocking, brutal even, Truth rankled me because I got so invested and protective of Claire Nichols, I want her to be as far away from Tony as she possibly can but that's not exactly what happened which frustrated me. I don't want to give out any spoilers in case you're one of the select few who haven't read Aleatha Romig's dark contemporary mind-fluck series. Suffice to say that Claire and Tony frustrated me to no end in Truth and to relive that via Tony's eyes in BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH was just as disconcerting but admittedly, not as challenging as Truth.
BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH is a companion novel so it may/can be repetitive to an extent but it's also enlightening because we get to see Tony's side of the story and there are a LOT of events that made me stop and say WTH?! In Truth, the moments I'm most eager to see in Tony's eyes were the dream sequence and the gala. Claire's dream for obvious reasons and as for the gala, that night was the most frustrating for me to read in Truth because that's when Claire let Tony in her life again. And I want to know how hard he pulled the strings to get Claire where he wanted her to be. And of course there were other things that happened in this part of the storyline which I found manipulative and deceitful but seeing it behind Tony's eyes gave me insight and it also made me soften up to him a bit.
There! I said it! I was so afraid that I will hate Tony less with his series because holding on to that grudge makes it easier for me to condemn his actions. Don't get me wrong, some of the things Tony did I still won't condone but after reading BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH, I saw his struggle. How hard he held on to his stubborn loyalty to his grandfather at the expense of his happiness and how it conflicted with his love for Claire. In BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH I think I finally saw what Claire saw in Tony and how she found strength in her submission to him.
I know I'm speaking in tongues and like I mentioned previously, it will all make sense once you read the series. If you're thinking of reading Consequences, my suggestion is for you to read the BHE novels right after you read its counterpart in the series. I'm not a huge companion novel reader but trust me, with this series, it's almost imperative because Tony is such a complicated character and I promise you, you would want to know his motives and BHE will give you that.
With these companion books, not only did ARomig carefully and thoughtfully wrote and crafted Tony's POV, she also managed to make it almost a necessity to read the books. Plus if you've been part of the journey, you'll also notice how much ARomig's narrative has improved since Consequences was published 3 years ago. To me that's personal because I can say that I was there before the series blew up and I'm happy and honored to have witnessed and been part of that growth and journey in some way. Looking forward to BHE-Convicted, Tony was pretty much MIA on the novel and I sure would like to see/know what he was up to while Claire was in a jam.
THE CONSEQUENCES SERIES
Aleatha has lived most of her life in Indiana growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and creating heros/ anti-heros who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world.
CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011 by Xlibris Publishing. October 2012 Ms. Romig rereleased CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, is scheduled for release in October of 2013!
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.