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Home Truths With the flare of other wonderful British authors, Tina Seskis puts pen to paper and creates a rather dark, extremely detailed tale of love, marriage and life as two couples form bonds that no man should put asunder HOME TRUTHS is a telling tale of how couples change, how the blush of new romance grows deeper in many ways even as the ties that bind them can become restrictive Eleanor and Alex are strangers to Christie and Paul, but each of them will keep secrets, tell lies, and display all of With the flare of other wonderful British authors, Tina Seskis puts pen to paper and creates a rather dark, extremely detailed tale of love, marriage and life as two couples form bonds that no man should put asunder HOME TRUTHS is a telling tale of how couples change, how the blush of new romance grows deeper in many ways even as the ties that bind them can become restrictive Eleanor and Alex are strangers to Christie and Paul, but each of them will keep secrets, tell lies, and display all of the human failings and flaws, as well as insecurities faced by all Woven within the fabric of this tale is the unknown, what will happen to each couple Will they survive the struggles of marriage Or will a master deceiver play them like puppets in the game of life Prepare yourself to ping pong back and forth on your feelings regarding these characters as we witness mistakes made and compounded, as well as the resulting gaping wounds Just when you think you know the outcome, Tina Seskis pulls a magnificent twist that will leave you reeling I received a complimentary ARC edition from Lake Union Publishing This is my honest and voluntary review.Publisher Lake Union Publishing December 1, 2019 Publication Date December 1, 2019Genre Contemporary British FictionPrint Length 324 pagesAvailable from For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow Drawn in from the very beginning, when knight in shining armour, Alex, first encountered Eleanor, who hadn t had much luck since moving to London from America.Nine times out of ten I can get a plot pretty much sewn up quite early on, and I enjoy playing detective while I m reading I also enjoy those plots that I just can t quite figure out This was very much one of them Tina Seskis completely threw me off course with this one From very early on I was convinced I knew who the villain was, and Drawn in from the very beginning, when knight in shining armour, Alex, first encountered Eleanor, who hadn t had much luck since moving to London from America.Nine times out of ten I can get a plot pretty much sewn up quite early on, and I enjoy playing detective while I m reading I also enjoy those plots that I just can t quite figure out This was very much one of them Tina Seskis completely threw me off course with this one From very early on I was convinced I knew who the villain was, and I had ideas as to how that person would do their damage, and to who they d do it to How wrong I was Despite wondering what certain characters were up to, having my suspicions, and knowing that things weren t quite what they seemed, I did not manage to figure out the twists I was shocked at the deception that I d totally missed.I enjoyed the fact that I was unable to put my finger on exactly what was going on, and therefore I was as much in the dark about the upcoming big reveals as the characters were.When it all became clear what was happening, I found myself wanting to go back to the start and read it again with the knowledge I now had The characters were interesting I liked them all and disliked them all at various stages of the book One minute I felt I knew them, and the next I was left wondering if they really were as innocent as I d previously believed That doubt that the author cast over them was fantastic at keeping the reader from figuring out the secrets that lay ahead, as they all, at times, seemed to be up to no good.A great, beautifully written, easy to read book, of which Tina Seskis seems to be able to produce so well.Don t go into this thinking you ll be able to work out how the story will play out, because I guarantee that you won t quite be able to see what s coming You know with a book by Tina Seskis that she will pull together a disparate group of seemingly unrelated characters into a believable plot Eleanor was a particularly attractive character so few English writers can create convincing and sympathetic Americans Loved the way as the story of her living in England develops she loses her Americanisms Shoes go from sneakersto trainers and asshole to arsehole Amusing when the villain is exposed and says It s not what you think though we miss the You know with a book by Tina Seskis that she will pull together a disparate group of seemingly unrelated characters into a believable plot Eleanor was a particularly attractive character so few English writers can create convincing and sympathetic Americans Loved the way as the story of her living in England develops she loses her Americanisms Shoes go from sneakersto trainers and asshole to arsehole Amusing when the villain is exposed and says It s not what you think though we miss the snappy reply, So, what is it then My only complaints are that it is indeed a slow burner and there are too many minor characters that are unnecessary to the plot Four people Two couples How and why are they connected When young American nanny Eleanor walks into Finsbury Park police station to report a stalker, she meets Alex Alex Moffatt, the policeman on duty, was immediately smitten and decided that he would be the one to look after Eleanor Christie has been badly hurt before by a previous boyfriend but needs convincing that Paul is different and can be trusted.Beginning in the early nineties and spanning a period of over 20 years, Home Truths is a Four people Two couples How and why are they connected When young American nanny Eleanor walks into Finsbury Park police station to report a stalker, she meets Alex Alex Moffatt, the policeman on duty, was immediately smitten and decided that he would be the one to look after Eleanor Christie has been badly hurt before by a previous boyfriend but needs convincing that Paul is different and can be trusted.Beginning in the early nineties and spanning a period of over 20 years, Home Truths is a suspenseful story that will keep you guessing until the end Each chapter is voiced by one of the four characters, Eleanor, Alex, Christie and Paul and we follow these people through the ups and downs of their lives and relationships, all the time knowing that there has to be a connection between the strands, but wondering what on earth it is Having the different voices tell their part of their story works well you get to know the character and it gives them some substance and depth.Secrets and lies are at the heart of this intriguing story There were one or two areas that I wished had been explained a little earlier rather than being teasingly referred until the end but that just may be me being very impatient but on the whole this was an excellent read that kept my interest all the way through At one stage there was that penny dropping moment and I thought I knew part of what was happening, but I had absolutely no idea as to the reasons behind it There were a couple of other strands which I thought I had sussed, needless to say I was completely wrong I ve been reading and enjoying Tina s books since her debut, One Step Too Far They all focuson characters and behaviour and always have at least one twist somewhere along the line to shock and surprise and Home Truths certainly has its share of those The character development, the intricate relationships and the way the story builds to a dramatic conclusion are always so very well done and a new book is always something to look forward to I very much enjoyed Home Truths definitely one to recommend This was ponderous, dull, and a complete suspense vacuum While the characters were reasonably well drawn, it was mostly 350 pages of totally unrelated people being dissatisfied with their lives and marriages, followed by 25 pages of allegedly shocking reveals that weren t necessarily set up with any care Information is deliberately and clumsily obfuscated so as to avoid giving away the secrets, and there are a lot of really vague interludes that don t connect to the rest of the story The reve This was ponderous, dull, and a complete suspense vacuum While the characters were reasonably well drawn, it was mostly 350 pages of totally unrelated people being dissatisfied with their lives and marriages, followed by 25 pages of allegedly shocking reveals that weren t necessarily set up with any care Information is deliberately and clumsily obfuscated so as to avoid giving away the secrets, and there are a lot of really vague interludes that don t connect to the rest of the story The reveal should have come sooner, or the women should at least have been suspicious sooner There s no build, just a sudden drop after a lot of rambling This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sounds like a domestic thriller, doesn t it Instead, this disappointing novel manages to cover decades in which almost nothing happens The story jumped forward years at a time, usually from someone making a sandwich or deciding where to go on holiday to the same person doing similar things several years later Day after day, these two couples live their boring, unsatisfying marriages, their kids grow up and get older.Whenever something interesting or dramatic might possibly happen, the narrati Sounds like a domestic thriller, doesn t it Instead, this disappointing novel manages to cover decades in which almost nothing happens The story jumped forward years at a time, usually from someone making a sandwich or deciding where to go on holiday to the same person doing similar things several years later Day after day, these two couples live their boring, unsatisfying marriages, their kids grow up and get older.Whenever something interesting or dramatic might possibly happen, the narrative slows from the usual meander to an absolute crawl, and then tries to build suspense by leaving out the sort of details that provide character development There are pages and pages devoted to finding a Mysterious Suitcase In The Attic, with heavy hints about the Very Upsetting contents, vague references for ages, ugh It feltlike vaguebook updates than a thriller.Edit The reason this review was behind a cut for spoilers is because there is a spoiler next, please don t send me mean messages about this review having spoilers.Surprise Christie s new husband, who we saw for about three seconds, and who was weird and shady for 2.5 of those 3 seconds, is actually Ellie s husband with a fake name He takes them both hostage, because for some reason they both figure out his double identity at the same time and decide to confront him separately on the same day what , and both separately agree to come quietly inside to talk things over and also leave their phones over there Ugh The women are randomly rescued, an ending without agency or satisfaction in a book without agency or satisfaction I definitely did not see that ending Despite the twist ending this book dragged on and I never really connected to any of the characters A Strong Marriage Can Cope With The Unexpected But Can It Survive The Unimaginable American Nanny Eleanor Was Never Meant To Meet Alex But When She Walks Into His London Police Station To Report A Stalker, Everything Changes For Them Both He S Convinced He Can Protect Her From Anything And Anyone She Hopes Her Darkest Days Are Behind HerAs They Settle Into Their Life Together, Two Hundred Miles Away Another Young Couple Faces An Uncertain Future Christie Knows Paul Is A Decent Man, But She Can T Shake A Clairvoyant S Warning Never Trust Your Husband When A Work Trip Tests Their Bond, Will She Overcome Her Fears For The Sake Of Her Family Ten Years Later, Both Couples Are Still Together, For Better Or Worse But As Doubts And Resentments Begin Bubbling Steadily To The Surface, All Four Of Them Start To Question The Choices They Ve MadeAt Least The Secrets They All Brought Into Their Marriages Are Still Well HiddenFor Now I am so torn on how to rate this book The story itself is very twisty turny and kept me engaged, but the writing style was excessively wordy and left me feeling a little exhausted None of the characters are very likable, or even sympathetic, which further complicated my feelings towards this read I would have given the story 4 stars, but the characters and relentless repetition of the points feelings thoughts would get a 2 star rating So I split the difference and landed on 3 stars. This book needs antidepressants I DNF ed at 56% when I found myself looking at the amount of time left to read multiple times and groaning My level of affection for the characters dropped theI read I stopped before I started cheering for the demise of fictional characters to put them out of their collective misery The narrative is slow moving, painfully so at times, and feels cast in a stereotypically British gloomy, overcast drizzle at all times Even indoors.The characters lead their This book needs antidepressants I DNF ed at 56% when I found myself looking at the amount of time left to read multiple times and groaning My level of affection for the characters dropped theI read I stopped before I started cheering for the demise of fictional characters to put them out of their collective misery The narrative is slow moving, painfully so at times, and feels cast in a stereotypically British gloomy, overcast drizzle at all times Even indoors.The characters lead their separate lives, two families going through the mundane celebrations and tragedies of everyday life More tragedies, to be clear To the point that I read, depression, frustration, and angst seem to be the primary emotions shown, with a splash of anger and a light, almost imperceptible sprinkling of happiness Other reviewers mention plot twists and surprises I couldn t be bothered to read enough to get there The writing is oftendrawn out than it needs to be An example Why nothing could ever stand still in time, just when it was all so wonderfulAnd that was what destroyed her now, realising that that was just the way life was, and would always be That things never ever stay the same, not even when you have it all, there in your hand it s always destined to change Get better Get worse But never remain Never stay perfect After all, timeless perfection was what paintings were for


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