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Home Truths

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,060 ratings  ·  314 reviews

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 l

Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published December 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A page/kindle screen turner....
So much so I read it in a few hours
There is a feeling of delicious menace and ‘what is behind all the characters stories in all these sub plots’ all the way through and an uneasy ( yet exciting ) taut feeling that you are getting nearer and nearer to the truth
Whats great in this book is that you don’t actually get anywhere near the truth until the last few pages when everything makes sense, the wonderful 1 sentence that pieces the 300 or so previous pages together
With the flare of other wonderful British authors, Tina Seskis puts pen to paper and creates a rather dark, extremely detailed tale of love, marriage and life as two couples form bonds that no man should put asunder.

HOME TRUTHS is a telling tale of how couples change, how the blush of new romance grows deeper in many ways even as the ties that bind them can become restrictive. Eleanor and Alex are strangers to Christie and Paul, but each of them will keep secrets, tell lies, and display all of
Bill Kupersmith
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know with a book by Tina Seskis that she will pull together a disparate group of seemingly unrelated characters into a believable plot. Eleanor was a particularly attractive character - so few English writers can create convincing and sympathetic Americans. Loved the way as the story of her living in England develops she loses her Americanisms. Shoes go from sneakers
to trainers and asshole to arsehole. Amusing when the villain is exposed and says ‘It’s not what you think’ though we miss the
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four people. Two couples. How and why are they connected?

When young American nanny Eleanor walks into Finsbury Park police station to report a stalker, she meets Alex. Alex Moffatt, the policeman on duty, was immediately smitten and decided that he would be the one to look after Eleanor. Christie has been badly hurt before by a previous boyfriend but needs convincing that Paul is different and can be trusted.

Beginning in the early nineties and spanning a period of over 20 years, Home Truths is a
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drawn in from the very beginning, when knight in shining armour, Alex, first encountered Eleanor, who hadn’t had much luck since moving to London from America.

Nine times out of ten I can get a plot pretty much sewn up quite early on, and I enjoy playing detective while I’m reading. I also enjoy those plots that I just can’t quite figure out.
This was very much one of them!
Tina Seskis completely threw me off course with this one.
From very early on I was convinced I knew who the villain was, and
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I definitely did not see that ending. Despite the twist ending this book dragged on and I never really connected to any of the characters
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This was ponderous, dull, and a complete suspense vacuum. While the characters were reasonably well-drawn, it was mostly 350 pages of totally unrelated people being dissatisfied with their lives and marriages, followed by 25 pages of allegedly shocking reveals that weren't necessarily set up with any care. Information is deliberately and clumsily obfuscated so as to avoid giving away the secrets, and there are a lot of really vague interludes that don't connect to the rest of the story. The reve ...more
Kristin Cagle
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I am so torn on how to rate this book. The story itself is very twisty-turny and kept me engaged, but the writing style was excessively wordy and left me feeling a little exhausted. None of the characters are very likable, or even sympathetic, which further complicated my feelings towards this read. I would have given the story 4 stars, but the characters and relentless repetition of the points/feelings/thoughts would get a 2 star rating. So I split the difference and landed on 3 stars.
Goth Gone Grey
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book needs antidepressants.

I DNF'ed at 56% when I found myself looking at the amount of time left to read multiple times and groaning. My level of affection for the characters dropped the more I read; I stopped before I started cheering for the demise of fictional characters to put them out of their collective misery.

The narrative is slow moving, painfully so at times, and feels cast in a stereotypically British gloomy, overcast drizzle at all times. Even indoors.

The characters lead their
Patricia Bowen
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-good-read
This is the kind of book you might want to read twice. The plot rolled along innocently, then got me more interested in the characters, then became so intricately complicated I was amazed at how many clues I'd missed. I enjoyed it more and more as I read on. ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, ebook
I’m a huge fan of Tina Seskis’ writing so I was thrilled to get a copy of Home Truths and I’m really pleased to say that I loved it!

Home Truths opens with a young American woman, Eleanor, reporting a stalker to the police. The officer, Alex, who deals with her is immediately drawn to her and wants to look after her. We also follow a couple, Christie and Paul, who are really happy together but a visit to a psychic puts doubts in Christie’s mind and this comes to haunt her.

I did find the first cou
Audrey Haylins
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
If this is a psychological thriller then I’m Alfred Hitchcock! What a dismal, tedious, non-entity of a story. There’s more suspense about what I’m going to cook for dinner tonight than in all 300-plus pages of this rambling excuse for a novel.

The main characters — two seemingly unconnected couples — are flat, uninteresting and not even remotely relatable. I didn’t care for any of them or for the minutiae of their boring lives.

Then there’s no tension in the plot — hell, there’s no plot, just a me
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I marked this one as DNF, even though I did skim ahead to see what happened. I have no idea why this one is called a mystery. It was SO BORING! I was over one hundred pages into it and I didn't feel anything but boredom, which is why I decided to give up. There are four different characters and four different POV's and of course, there is the question about how those characters are connected. The book spans twenty freaking years, during which people get married, have kids, have fights, go on hol ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A book of 3 parts. First part is good, sets up an intriguing story. You know that the characters are linked in some way, despite having separate stories, but you don’t know how.
However, the 2nd long section is overlong and in my opinion, a little tedious and repetitive.
The final bit contains the reveals, but towards the end of the second section, you have worked out what it is going to be. Still a good ending though and this story has lots going for it and by no means a dud.
Abbie Vipperman
I felt like this book was not a page-turner at all. The beginning seemed promising, but then the entire center of the book seemed to be more and more of the same. The story didn’t seem to be going anywhere at all, and the characters were very flat. I didn’t feel interested in them and I got so tired of reading the stalled plot-line. Then suddenly there was a ton of information at the very end and it was done. I can’t recommend it.
Nancy Johnson
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Took a while but then - wow!

I chose to read this book based on the reviews I read which referred to the twist at the end, and I would say they are definitely spot on. I read along and read along and although I can't say the first part of the book was titillating, it was interesting enough to keep me reading. But then when the twist occurred, I was caught up in it. I actually had started suspecting just a short while before but not the full extent. Quite an ending!
Sashi Grayndler
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
When two worlds collide

The chapters in the book alternate between Christie and Eleanor with their husbands stories woven in. It seems like two different books meshed into one, yet common sense dictates there must be an overlap or connection so I kept looking for clues to merge the stories . When it comes, it's unexpected and you start to question everything you read. Totally not what I expected! A book about human nature and how an unresolved past can warp each one of us so easily. A good holida
Toby Welch
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a book! The first 80% felt like a leisurely stroll in the park on a beautiful sunny day while Seskis told two seemingly unrelated stories simultaneously. And then wham, she whacked us upside the head with a phenomenal ending. LOVED this book and highly recommend it.
Laura Westwood
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well !!! What a story!
From the first chapter, I was drawn in and hooked. Each chapter was short, easy to read .. and left me wanting to know what was coming next.
A really good read again from Tina Seskis. Kept me gripped until the end! Will definitely be recommending this.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep finding elements of Ruth Rendell in Ms. Seskis books and for this reader, that's a good thing. There is always this multilayered story where the connections are slowly revealed, characters are not always what they seem on the surface and it just makes for a compulsively readable story. In Home Truths, you will be surprised at the connection between the two couples, Eleanor and Alex in London and Christie and Paul hundreds of miles away. I read this over the course of a weekend of dreary, ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Amazon First Reads book. 3.5 stars for being engaging. I figured out some of it, but not all.
Janeen Swart
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The twists and turns in this book and the jumping forward in time as the reader follows each of four characters makes this read somewhat confusing at times, but hold on, and keep reading. It's worth it in the end. Tina Seskis' story evolves into a exciting mystery solved, but the reader doesn't understand what the secret was until the very end. Basically the book is a character study of the four people involved and we follow their daily lives as each chapter deals with one character at a time. T ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
It’s not very often these days that I read a thriller, but I’m so pleased I chose to read this one. There’s a great deal about this book – the character development, the ins and outs of people’s daily lives, the complex relationships, the distinctive voices of its characters – that makes it appeal equally to a reader of women’s fiction. And my goodness, I really did enjoy it.

After the intriguing voice of the prologue, the book begins in the early 90s – as American nanny Eleanor meets eager polic
Rachel (Rae)
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was one interesting and twisty book! Pretty much all the way through I was trying to play detective to figure it all out. I had lots of theories but was never quite sure if I would be proven right. There is a moreish quality to the story especially as the little twists and surprises easily pulled me in deeper and deeper. In Home Truths you will see the story told from the perspectives of Paul, Christie, Alex and Eleanor. In these characters I found very different personalities which de ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Eleanor walks into a London Police Station she is unaware of just how her life is about to change when she meets the charismatic young police officer who takes her complaint of having a stalker seriously. What then follows is a cleverly plotted psychological thriller which keeps the story moving along at a suspenseful pace.

Intertwining two complex stories is no mean feat and yet, the author does a great job of building a rapport between the reader and the main characters so that an emotiona
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from Amazon Kindle First Reads. It deserves an extra star for the simple fact that it wasn't one of the worst books I've ever read, which the free First Reads usually seem to be. This turned out to be a very good choice.

This is a hard book to review. Even though it was kind of dull, it also held my interest. Not a lot happens but day to day routines, struggles between singles who then get married who then have children, and the typical struggles associated with dating,
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a's a GREATREAD! It's one of those books where your world will suddenly seem a little less interesting once you've read the last page and realise with a tinge of sadness that you've made it to the end.

The characters are so deep and rich and complex with story lines to match, that you'll be kept guessing right to the very end. I'm going to read it again now that I know how everything unfolds, just like a great movie where you pick things up that you at first missed.

Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 conce
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Tina Seskis's first book, One Step Too Far, was released in 2013, and has since been published in 18 languages in over 60 countries.

Tina has written five novels. Her latest, HOPE CLOSE, was released on 24th March 2020 and is a novel about staying home, hope and redemption...

Tina grew up in Hampshire, before going off to study in the beautiful city of Bath and then moving to London, where she has

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