Happy Publication Day to Tina Seskis and Home Truths! My review is written with thanks to Tina Seskis for inviting me to review her book and providing me with a copy via Netgalley.
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 her.
As 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 made.
At least the secrets they all brought into their marriages are still well hidden.
At the beginning of Home Truths, Seskis definitely sets the atmosphere by giving the reader a lot of questions to consider. Someone is in prison, but who are they and what have they done? These questions were in the back of my mind all the way through the novel as I tried to work out how events would conspire.
Home Truths is set over a 25 year period and I enjoyed following the characters over such a long time. Seskis moves with the times really well and captures the changing cultures and concerns in society brilliantly as the story progresses.
The novel has several different narrators: Alex, Paul, Eleanor and Christie. The connection between them is not immediately clear, but I was intrigued trying to work it out. I found the story something of a slow burner, but this gave Seskis the opportunity to develop her characters and I enjoyed getting to know them, particularly the women.
As Home Truths reaches its conclusion, the plot becomes explosive and there are several twists. I was desperate to find out what happened and was turning pages furiously!
Home Truths is available from Amazon.