Welcome to my stop on today’s blog tour for Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid. Thank you to Emma of Damppebbles Blog Tours for my invite onto the tour and of course the publishers for my copy which I read in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Firstly, a little bit about the book
Which is more dangerous, a secret or a lie?
Poppy has a secret.
It was a whirlwind romance. And when Drew, caught up in the moment, suggests that he and Poppy don’t tell each other anything about their past lives, that they live only for the here and now, for the future they are building together, Poppy jumps at the chance for a fresh start.
But it doesn’t take long for Poppy to see that this is a two-way deal. Drew is hiding something from her. And Poppy suddenly has no idea who the man she has married really is, what he is hiding from her or what he might be capable of.
Drew says he has nothing to hide. Drew is lying.
Truth Hurts is published by Corgi (Transworld) and is available now in paperback, ebook and audio…
If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is, right? We’ve all heard that many times, I’m sure. Well, when reading Truth Hurts that is certainly what kept popping up in my mind over and over again…
Summer in Ibiza and Poppy is drowning her sorrows after being fired from her job as a Nanny, but her luck quickly changes when later in the night she meets Drew – older, rich, attractive, charming and mysterious – a whirlwind romance begins, with them quickly becoming married and moving to their large married home in the countryside, which is when the story really begins…
At Drew’s suggestion, his one rule, is that they agree to never talk about the past – just live in the here, now and today – which Poppy is more than happy with meaning she gets to leave her own past in hiding.
Cue the major alarm bells ringing in my head! If a guy makes you ‘agree’ to not talking about pasts, not asking questions then you know for damn sure that there are questions that NEED to be asked and QUICKLY! Poppy is just desperate for a family of her own, but her best friend (Gina) doesn’t trust Drew and Poppy gets lost when Drew’s friends arrive for a weekend and make comments that she just doesn’t understand. What has Poppy got herself in to?
Truth Hurts isn’t your normal run-of-the-mill love story – whilst it has the predictability and steamy moments of your everyday love story to begin with, I almost instantly felt this dangerous undertone to it – it’s a really simple concept for a novel but which turns out to be anything but simple. In fact, the only predictable part of the novel is the fact that Drew has secrets.
This is a psychological thriller, a domestic thriller, a tale about secrets. And what do we know about secrets? They of course NEVER stay hidden, and liar’s ALWAYS get found out! It may not be the fastest paced thriller out there, but it’s no doubt suspenseful, with the author nicely leaving little drabs of information here and there from the two timelines and points of view, keeping you wanting more and building more and more questions. Of course I was intrigued for what Drew was hiding. But what was Poppy also hiding? I really enjoyed the character of Gina as I was on par with her throughout as her perspective on events was pretty much what was going on in my own head.
Truth Hurts is a mysterious, suspenseful and fun psychological/domestic thriller, with a continuous sense of danger and unease beneath the top layers. I loved the unfolding of the twists, turns and revelations in this book and there was one point that really made me ask the question: Is it best to keep a secret or tell a lie? Pick it up and see what you think.
About the author
Rebecca is the Digital Editor of Grazia. She has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesmen amongst others.
Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work.
She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015 and Perfect Liars was her debut novel.
Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. As always, a little like or share to spread the word is always most appreciated. Do check out the other blogger stops on the blog tour for Truth Hurts…