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  • Excellent

    This was a book that you never wanted to put down it made excellent reading and disappointment when it came to an end. Would most certainly recommend this book.

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  • Very disappointing....

    Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of over forty novels based on family drama, thriller, suspense and crime genres. “Home Truths” is her latest publication and is a powerfully emotive family drama, focusing on how far you would go to keep your family safe. Angie’s happy life is shattered when her son Liam falls in with the wrong crowd and leads to her husband’s murder. It is left to her to hold what’s left of the family together. With her son missing and her daughter looking for help in dangerous places, Angie is barely able to keep a roof over their heads. But when the world is falling apart, a mother will do anything to protect her children.... I had never read a Susan Lewis novel before but I knew she was a well respected author who writes very powerful women’s fiction. I did feel an instant connection with the story when I started reading and found it initially to be quite brutal. Angie is portrayed as a strong character even though she infuriated me as she continued to bury her head in the sand, instead of seeking help from debt consolidators. Her daughter Grace, in my opinion, was the steal of the show and I liked how together with her friend she was adamant to try and help her mother with the financial difficulties. Sadly as the story developed I did feel that the plot started to lose its way and focus more on the plight of the homeless and those in poverty. Although a huge amount of research has obviously been carried out by the author, I personally felt she surpassed what was needed to convey her feelings and emotions regarding those impoverished, to the reader and it soon became rather tedious reading. I was also starting to no longer be invested in what happened with Angie and where she was going to live. Without belittling the subject of the homeless, the story lacked depth and I wasn’t too impressed with the instantly predictable outcome and the sickly sweet, happy ever after, fairy tale ending. There was some emotional content during the closing chapters that I did experience, though I was saddened the author chose this route for the character involved. However, I appreciate she was trying to keep the story realistic to true life and through her research with the homeless she must have discovered these things sadly occur and wanted to tell their stories and do them justice. Saying all this, I did want to see the story through to the end and I may still be tempted to read more by Susan again, subject depending. If women’s fiction, featuring poignant family drama is to your liking you should enjoy this book and I wish the author every success with another suspected bestseller. 3 stars

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  • Home truths

    I really enjoyed it true life that we hope we will never have to see. would make a great film.but i always like the book best.

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  • I really enjoyed this one

    For a book that started out with such a brutal murder, I found myself absolutely loving this story and found it quite a cosy read - honestly, I couldn't put it down. I adored Angie, the relationship with her sister was really endearing and had such an amusing chemistry. There are so many likeable and relatable characters. Home Truths tackles some incredibly serious issues such as gangs, eviction, homelessness and online grooming, which could have easily have amounted to a really depressing read and understandably so, but the sense of community and kindness really shines through in this book and it felt really uplifting to me. There's a pretty big theme of 'knight in shining armour' which might not be for everybody, but I loved it, it's a nice reminder that kind people exist and that it's good to have hope. A big thing for me is that the book was such an eye opener about homelessness and how people are treated by the authorities that should be helping them, the toll Universal Credit can take on people and I was stunned to learn about the way children are taken into care because there simply aren't houses available for families. I've always donated to food banks, but after reading this book I will do so more often. Thank you very much to Readers First, Netgalley, Harper Collins and Susan Lewis for Home Truths.

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  • Vintage Susan Lewis

    Vintage Susan Lewis with a bit of a ‘oh no’ towards the end. Loved it

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