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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Well!!! I sat turning the pages on this one, curious, like a nosy neighbour twitching their curtains. Needing to know the ins and outs of the lives of these four characters!
The story ticks along nicely detailing the lives of two couples over many years. I became addicted quickly to the characters and ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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.
After the intriguing voice of the prologue, the book begins in the early 90s – as American nanny Eleanor meets eager ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
Home Truthsis 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 ...more
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.
The book is vague in places, and almost too vague, where you consider not finishing it because you just don't care anymore.
There's lots of narrative about the characters having this feeling or that feeling, wanting to run away from their life, or scream, or both. It keeps you off balance as you read, as you're convinced one character and then the next is stark raving mad.
The book spans ...more
Throughout the book, you follow the lives of two couples. Theirs ins and outs, troubles and tribulations. The stories between these four characters are enough to keep you on your toes and attached to the book. You keep asking, “what’s going to happen next?” In their daily lives. When the last section of the book comes, it hits you like a brick wall. Everything makes sense. ...more
I really liked the way each chapter told the story of one of the four protagonists - and also the fact the story spanned over a number of years.
I love books set in London and as a north Londoner this totally hit the spot! I loved the fact that I had been to some of the places that featured in the book.
There is also a great twist at the end - I totally did not see it coming! I knew ...more
I don't do spoilers in reviews, so it's hard to do justice to this piece of writing without spoiling it. The main focus of the book are two women, Christie and Elenor, unknown to each other who both have secrets in their past and challenges in their present. The book switches perspectives between them, and their partners, and covers decades of their lives in England. Elenor is an American, and came to the country chasing love. Brilliantly written, and the plot takes you one way and ...more
This book has page turner written all over it!
As you read, you get drawn into the lives of the two couples, Eleanor and Alex, and Christie and Paul, and experience their ups and downs over the course of the years. Just when you think you may just have worked it all out, you find out you haven't, not quite.
Well written, with relatable characters, well some of them, this ...more
Home Truths drew me in from the beginning. It is a story of two couples whose lives would surely cross paths at some point. Surely?
The chapters are short and the story is well crafted, with convincing characters. These facts kept me turning the pages until the early hours. I couldn’t see what the twist and when it came, it blindsided me.
Tina has ...more
Tina's fourth novel, Home Truths, has been picked for the worldwide Amazon First Reads promotion, which launched on 1st November 2019. Her fifth novel, Hope Close, will be published in Spring 2020.
Tina grew up in Hampshire, before going off to study in the beautiful ...more