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Home Truths

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  462 ratings  ·  177 reviews
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
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Paperback, 453 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published August 22nd 2019)
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Maureen
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
* 3.5 stars *

Home Truths’ could have come straight from the news headlines, portraying as it does, the problem of county line gangs that infiltrate small communities, preying on vulnerable children, turning them into addicts or couriers, or both! It also deals with the issues of internet predators and ruthless landlords - something that is both shocking and heartbreaking. However, if it all sounds like doom and gloom, it really isn’t, because what does stand out in this novel is the love for
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Louise Wilson
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angie Watts has three children. She's a widow who is still coming to terms with the brutal murder of her husband, Steve and the disappearance of her eldest son Liam. Liam had once been a loving son but he gets into a notorious gang that brings trouble to their door.

This is a well written story. The characters are true to life and the circumstances that they find themselves in are current and poignant. It covers the unfair ways hat Uni resale Credits were handed out and the effects that this had
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Pauline
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Angie's young son Liam is missing and he is known to be part of a local gang.
When her husband tries to track Liam down he is brutally murdered in front of his son.
This leaves Angie on her own to look after her other two small children.
After she loses her job as a teaching assistant due to council cuts, she finds it very difficult to survive on her benefits.
This is a gritty crime drama and not my usual genre. I found the content hard to read in parts.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK,
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Amanda
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Susan Lewis, this emotional story is so beautifully written in a way that will capture you’re heart and made me shed a few tears.

In a blink of an eye Angie’s life is turned upside down, how one decision dramatically changed Angie’s and her children’s life’s forever!!

When Angie’s husband Steve finds their five year old son with a syringe Steve seeing red goes looking for their eldest son Liam, and is attacked.

Angie not only loses her husband that night but when she finds out
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Bookread2day
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review of Home Truths is on my website. www.bookread2day.wordpress.com

I have beautiful pictures of the hardcover and review of this book on my website.


I'm a big fan of Susan Lewis, I have actually read eight books by Susan Lewis, Home Truths is my 9th. Susan Lewis over the years has written about all different subjects. Home Truths was a story that reduced me to tears, with its difficult subjects.

Angie and Steve's young five year old son is found with a syringe.

Her eldest son was trouble he
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Mark
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it

This book shows the horribly realistic decent into poverty and helplessness that one woman, Angie Watt’s ( yep I pictured THAT Angie all the way through as well ) life takes after a spiralling set of circumstances take over her life.
Written in ‘real speak’ the book covers horrific spouse murder, a missing drug taking teenager, poverty ( real poverty, not having to get rid of Sky Movies poverty), homelessness, debt, county line gangs, despair and many other related topics to these things, it is
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Mandy White
I used to read Susan Lewis' books all the time when I was younger. Earlier this year I read One Minure Later and balled my eyes out and just loved it so much. I jumped at the chance to read Home Truths but I really struggled with it. For me it didn't feel like a Susan Lewis book at all. It didn't have the characters to fall in love with and want to succeed. This book was a lot rougher than her usual books and I was disappointed. In saying that it was an OK read but I was hoping for more.

Angie's
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Bookread2day
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Susan Lewis, I have actually read eight books by Susan Lewis, Home Truths is my 9th. Susan Lewis over the years has written about all different subjects. Home Truths was a story that reduced me to tears, with its difficult subjects.

Angie and Steve's young five year old son is found with a syringe.

Her eldest son was trouble he got expelled from school, but even more trouble is looming with Liam.

Angie was so happy she could live anywhere just her and her husband and their
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Asheley
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
3.5/5

Angie and Steve have three children. Their oldest son, Liam, is addicted to drugs and is involved with a violent gang. The same gang ends up violently killing Steve while their son watches on, and Angie ends up banning Liam from coming back to the house. Angie does everything she can to scrape together a life for herself and her remaining two children after Steve’s murder, but she isn’t able to make things work out before getting evicted from the home they all shared together in happier
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Hallie Szott
3.5

Her life is not one she would have picked for herself—a dead husband, a missing son, an imminent eviction—but Angie Watts cannot give up. She desperately wants to make ends meet and settle into a new normal, whatever that may be, but obstacle after obstacle stands in her way.

Home Truths conveys this challenging experience with ease. Though there are points in the book where nothing seems to be happening, I still could not stop reading. I just wanted something to go right for Angie and her
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book grabbed me right at the beginning and me hooked right to the end. One decision, and it changed the lives of Angie and her family forever. This is another of those stories that had me in tears at some points, angry at others and cheering partway through this story. I sit her, a rather privileged woman and am feeling guilty that I do not do enough to help others in need. When Angie finds herself a widow, not making enough money to pay her rent and her taxes she ends up facing eviction. ...more
Sue Plant
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this insightful book

this will hit a lot of nerves with some people with what is happening with todays society....gangs, drugs, benefits, universal credit...the good and the bad in society its all in this book

very well written and the characters could be the person next door..your best friend or a work colleague...its life ats its best and worst...

well worth a read
Lori Tatar
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Home Truths packs a wallop. It is a story of a gritty widow and her family, from being solidly middle-class to homeless, to maybe something more, and enduring unspeakable violence that tears her family apart. The story illustrates how even the most solid members of society are often just a hair’s breadth away from losing everything, and illustrates just as well that there is always hope, even redemption.
Miriam Smith
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
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Angela Molloy
I've read so many Susan Lewis books over the years and loved them but this was a disappointment. I found the characters annoying, there was no proper story to it, no twists. The ending was ridiculous and unbelievable. Was glad to finish this one!
Bridget
Susan Lewis has really mastered the art of taking a topical subject relevant in today's society and making a good story from it without going overboard. Home Truths is a well written, emotionally-charged story, but it was not what I was expecting.

In this book some very sensitive and real subjects are explored such as debt and potential homelessness. Angie has lost her husband to drug related gang violence and her eldest son has vanished. Her debts have spiralled out of control and she is at risk
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Miriam Smith
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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Vivienne
My thanks to HarperCollins for an eARC via NetGalley of Susan Lewis’ ‘Home Truths’ in exchange for an honest review.

Angie Watts happy life is shattered when her husband is savagely murdered by a local gang and her son, Liam, disappears after being cleared of involvement. Now a single mother with two children, it’s not long before she is struggling financially.

A cascade of horrible things happens to Angie that sees her threatened with eviction from her rental home and homelessness. At times it is
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Tea Leaves and Reads
Angie Watts had the perfect ordinary family. A new home. A beloved husband. Three adored children.

But Angie’s happy life is shattered when her son Liam falls in with the wrong crowd. And when her son’s bad choices lead to the murder of her husband, it’s up to Angie to hold what’s left of her family together.

Her son is missing. Her daughter is looking for help in dangerous places. And Angie is fighting just to keep a roof over their heads.

How many contemporary social issues can you get into one
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Carolyn
This is a dark and decidedly gritty novel dealing with those who have descended into poverty, and face a daily battle to survive at the bottom of the societal heap. It is very realistic, addressing social issues sadly very relevant in England today, such as debt, homelessness and Universal Credit.

Our protagonist, Angie, is trying to come to terms with the violent death of her husband, and the apparent disappearance into society's underground of her vulnerable son, Liam. You can't help but feel
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Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
Originally released in August 2019 with Harper Collins, Home Truths will be released in mass paperback in January 2020.

Home Truths shines a light on the reality of being faced with poverty and crippling debt, the possibility of being without a roof over one’s head.

We are very familiar with the saying of being two pay packets away from homelessness and, although we all see evidence on our streets every day of folk huddled under damp sleeping bags in a doorway, Christmas really brings it home. How
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Lainy
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 2.5 days

Pages - 304

Publisher - Harper Collins

Source - Review Copy

Blurb from Goodreads

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.
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Rachel Hall
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Initial insight into a family in crisis facing debt and eviction debased by a far-fetched second half.

Home Truths focuses on the very relevant themes surrounding the harrowing turn that mother of three, Angie Watt’s, life has taken since her eldest son, Liam, fell prey to a notorious local gangs influence and her husband’s attempt to put a stop to his son’s descent ended with him paying the price with his life. Two years on, having thrown Liam out of the family home and his involvement in his
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Dawn
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the vicious murder of her husband, Angie, is barely coping and the bills are mounting up. Her teenage daughter is desperate to help her mum. Her young son is missing out on new football boots and fancy birthday presents as Angie is broke. Her oldest son, Liam, is estranged after being implicated in his father’s murder and Angie is at her wits end. An old friend of Angie’s husband offers to help and maybe things will look up for her.

Susan Lewis never fails to write good books. The emotion
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Tracy Wood
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
This is a beautifully written, poignant book with characters you root for from the very first page. There were a few signposts regarding the direction the story might go but that didn't matter, in fact it made for feelings of hope when things seemed very bleak.

Angie Watts has three children, a home she loves and a job which gives her great satisfaction. She is also a widow, still coming to terms with the death of her soulmate, Steve, and the subsequent disappearance of her eldest son, Liam.

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Amanda
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Susan's work ever since I had the good fortune to pick up a copy of one of her earlier books. Since then I have tried to keep up with each new book that she has writtenwhilst at the same time tryinig to catch up with her earlier releases. I was extremely lucky to receive a copy of Susan's latest book called 'Home Truths', which was released on 22nd August 2019. I really enjoyed it but more about that in a bit.
I can't say that I really took to Angie Watts at all, as there
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Rachel Hall
Initial insight into a family in crisis facing debt and eviction debased by a far-fetched second half.

Home Truths focuses on the very relevant themes surrounding the harrowing turn that mother of three, Angie Watt’s, life has taken since her eldest son, Liam, fell prey to a notorious local gangs influence and her husband’s attempt to put a stop to his son’s descent ended with him paying the price with his life. Two years on, having thrown Liam out of the family home and his involvement in his
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Lu (my_readinghabit)
This is not my typical read, so I was very unsure of how to rate it so 3 it is.

The main story goes around a family huge major event that changes everything, so they see themselves struggling to keep the life they are used to having, which felt so real and sad, it captured the essence of how devasting debt can be, and how some life choices can definitely turn your life upside down.

It made me think of life in general, and how sad I was for the characters, I was obviously expecting a turn of
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Janet
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
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Pamela Donaldson
The books starts really well, packing plenty of punches under brutal circumstances; Angie's drug addicted son is partly responsible for the brutal murder of her husband. It then gets a bit mundane with Angie falling into crippling debt but burying her head in the sand and refusing to deal with it until she loses her home. The book ends with a fairy tale happily-ever-after ending which helped to close the book on a happy note, but was completely unrealistic and very similar to the ending of a ...more
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Born in 1956, in Bristol, my father was a Welsh miner, a poet, an engineer and a thinker. My mother was one of 13 children who, at 20, persuaded my father to spend his bonus on an engagement ring instead of a motorbike. We were a normal, happy, nuclear family, living in a spanking new council house on the
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