Today, I’m happy to join TLC Book Tours for the blog tour to celebrate the release of Home Truths by Susan Lewis. Thanks to the author and publisher for the chance to review this absorbing and gritty family drama.
I stayed up way too late to finish this one! Based on the cover, I was expecting a lighter read, but that expectation was quickly revised after reading the shocking prologue. This book was not what I expected but I was completely enthralled by the story.
This is the story of Angie and her struggles to overcome the trauma of losing her husband to a horrific gang beating and to protect her family from losing everything. Set in the UK, there are themes of drugs, prostitution, sex trafficking and homelessness which add to the overall dark tone of the book. Angie herself is a sympathetic character who I really empathized with. Her sister Emma, her neighbors, Martin, her daughter Grace, the residents of the halfway house – they were all trying so hard to help her, but her pride and grief overwhelmed her.
For most of the book we don’t know what happened to her oldest son Liam who was already estranged at the time of her husbands death. There are several secondary plots that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me wonder just how much more Angie (and I ) could take.
Some of the reviews I read complained that the ending was not realistic, using the ‘Prince Charming saves the girl’ trope. I disagree. I thought the author did a great job making her a kindhearted character who had been dealt a series of soul crushing experiences and she deserved a happy ending. I’ll definitely be checking out more Susan Lewis titles!
• Paperback: 480 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 28, 2020)
International bestselling author Susan Lewis’s riveting, unforgettable novel of a woman determined to protect her children—at all costs.
A mother’s worst nightmare becomes a reality…
Angie Watts once had what seemed like an idyllic life: a house in a small town in the English countryside with her beloved husband Steve and their three adored children. She never could have predicted how her life would one day turn out.
When her oldest son, Liam, grows from a sweet-natured boy to a troubled teen, Angie’s world begins to crumble. Expelled from school and disappearing from home for days on end, Liam falls in with a notorious local gang. After arriving home one day to find their 5-year-old son with a syringe Liam has left lying around, Steve makes a rash decision that will have lasting repercussions on their family.
Two years later, Steve is gone, Liam is missing, and with money running out, Angie and her other two children are on the brink of eviction. Then Angie is called into the police station and informed that there’s been a murder—and Liam is a suspect. As Angie’s desperation to save her family leads her to take drastic measures, her daughter secretly devises her own plan to save the family…which could put everyone in danger.
Alternating between Angie’s blissful life as a young mother and her present-day nightmare, Home Truths is a searing exploration of the lengths one mother will go to survive and protect her children.
About the Author
Susan Lewis is the internationally bestselling author of more than forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense, and crime. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s. Following periods of living in Los Angeles and the South of France, she currently lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, James; stepsons, Michael and Luke; and mischievous dogs, Coco and Lulu.
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