When trauma surgeon Dr. Tom Barrett returns from military duty in the Middle East War he is stricken with flashbacks, terrifying nightmares and tremors. He learns his old friend and surgical colleague Akira Yamaguchi is conducting a clinical trial of a potential breakthrough drug that could erase bad memories in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) victims.
Unable to function and desperate to get better, Tom enters Yamaguchi’s clinical trial. He quickly learns that some patients have improved markedly on the drug, inspiring hope that it could be the next big thing in mental health.
But something is going wrong. Patients’ symptoms are returning in full force. Akira Yamaguchi turns to Tom to enlist his help in determining the reasons for the drug’s sudden failure. Tom and two fellow patients immerse themselves in a dangerous, high stakes investigation to reveal the shocking answer to the failure of the drug.
“…Reece wields a talented pen. His memorable characters jump off the pages…”
– Steven Manchester,
#1 bestselling author of
The Rockin’ Chair
and Twelve Months
Based on the author’s forty years of clinical and trial experiences in abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome) cases, “To Tell The Truth” describes a fictional case of a young babysitter charged with second degree murder of Luke Talbot, a seven-month-old infant in her care. The story takes the reader from the infant’s sudden collapse, through the harrowing hospital course and the arrest and trial of the babysitter. The courtroom drama-the central story of the novel- highlights medical expert testimony that is irresponsible, far from expert, and at times, simply dishonest. Judicial decisions are surprising and border on the bizarre. A veteran child abuse pediatrician who has watched this trial from start to finish offers his prescription for changing the process of qualifying experts in medical trials.
A “compelling story…bring(ing) the reader face-to-face with a startling reality: sometimes criminal cases are influenced by more than “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
–Dr. Robert Block
Past President of the AAP
“Moving fiction based on nonfiction. Besides being entertaining and enlightening, (it) is a tool for all Americans…supports the reality of abusive head trauma.”
–Judge Charles Gill
Superior Court of Connecticut