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Hard Truth

(Truth #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,688 ratings  ·  87 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards.


Two children who mysteriously disappeared twenty-one years ago are the last thing on Lorna Temple’s mind when she returns to her Pennsylvania hometown to sell the old family property
Paperback, 377 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Ballantine Books
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Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
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Shae Petersen
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Was given this book to read from John’s grandma, and I’m pleasantly surprised! This was such a fun read and super quick. It kept me interested the entire time, and I was still trying to figure out the ending until the very end
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun easy read. Light on the romance and heavy on the suspense which was good.
Dotti Elrick
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the "Truth" series. I had previously read Mariah Stewarts "Dead" series and I'm discovering that even though all the books can be read as stand alone novels, she continues to put in little snippets from earlier books and bringing back former characters. I enjoy that aspect of her books.
As a child, Lorna Stiles' best friend, Melinda Eagan goes missing the night of her ninth birthday. There are no clues, no witnesses, she just vanished without a trace. Most of the peopl
Purple Iris
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5. Nothing great and the last few pages feel like they were written when the author realized one of the mysteries hadn't been solved yet and she had to invent something to resolve it. ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is a comfortable fair-to-middling novel where a woman returns to her home town to sell her recently deceased mother’s house. The only problem is that the corpses of dead males are found on her land, not a real selling point. Lorna, the main character, is thrown into her 9-year-old self and the disappearance of her best friend.

My only complaint was the ending. It was too limited in details and the description of the girl’s disappearance seemed convoluted and thus, irritating!
Kim Ardie
May 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
The plot and character development was simple. It even contains the old tired theme of "boy saves girl and girl trips and has to be helped by boy". Which I could really do without ever reading or seeing again. If you want an easy read with a mostly happy ending, which honestly is sometimes what I do want depending on how life is going, then this will be enjoyable. ...more
Tracy Stackhouse
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book Ms. StewartStands Alone

In this book , Miss Stewart has an entirely different cast of characters from the others in this series . She introduces a new voice as narrative , a civilian rather than a law-enforcement officer and a new locale. Equally as good as her
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2000
This was a decent mystery and the characters worked well together. The focus was more on the suspense than the romance, but I preferred the way it was handled. It felt more real. The plot moved at a decent pace and it kept my interest. I would recommend it as a quick "beach read". ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Lorna goes home to a small town where she grew up to sell the family farm and carry out her mothers wishes. Bodies start turning up on the family farm and Lorna has a lot of questions about what's going on. She hires a PI to help her investigate. Great story that answers all the readers questions. ...more
Cindi Mansell
Every now and again I like to mix a little romance into my mystery. Mariah Stewart does a good job of writing a hard hitting whodunit mixed with a little tall dark and handsome. Not a particularly scary book but well written and fun to read.
Caralyn Rubli
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty good , even if I figured out who dunnit. I kind of wish it was a little longer, I felt we needed to know the characters better and also what was going on with the site and police.
Ada Iaboni
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This one too, should get 3.5 stars.
Another well done story that also goes back many years. Well done too!
And, I liked that several of the characters continue to the next story.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give this one a 3 1/2 star if it existed. Moved quickly, held my interest, light reading for an air travel trip or Summer reading.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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River Benson
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jan-19
Again, a compelling mystery, but the romance in this felt less pasted on than in the first of the Truth series. cw for child abuse
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun mystery novel filled with twists and turns. A quick read for snow days. I love how the author stays so true to Chesapeake Bay area with details.
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
A good mystery read:)
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
AUDIO - This followed a predictable path, but was twisty enough to keep me listening. Old cases always intrigue me as so little remains of evidence to get a feel for the criminal.
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Kathleen Hagen
Hard Truth, by Mariah Stewart. B-plus.
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Lorna Temple has arrived at her childhood home after her grandmother’s death to sell the house and distribute the belongings between herself and her siblings. But, no sooner does she arrive at the house than there is a chilling discovery on land that used to be part of her family’s farm. They find the bones of several bodies, all teenage boys. This brings into Lorna’s memory her childhood when her fri
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Much better than Cold Truth the romance was more obvious because the characters showed more affection for each other throughout the book rather than just at the very end and actually got to know each other. Also, I felt it benefited by focusing more solely on the two main characters, with Reagan and Mitch being simply side notes instead of another set of characters vying for attention; it gave the story more time for the character/relationship development that was abbreviated in Cold Truth. Howe ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
A very good read. I'd read Mariah Stewart's other novels: "Dead Even, Dead Certain, Dead End and Dead Wrong" and found them exciting page turners. This newest "Hard Truth" was equally as captivating.

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Two children who mysteriously disappeared twenty-one years ago are the last thing on Lorna Temple's mind when she returns to her Pennsylvania hometown to sell the old family property in the wake of her parents' passing. But instead of memories, the fields where Lorna grew up yield som
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book also started out a little slow, but by the time I get to this one, I was looking for it to be a little slow at the beginning. She does a good job of character building in the beginning of the novel. The reader really gets to know, Lorna, the main female character. There is a lot going on in the story for Lorna, but she seems to handle it pretty well and she tries to help someone less fortunate than she is. T. J. Dawson is a great character too although his character is a little less de ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
While this was a decently enjoyable way to spend a few hours i'm not really anymore impressed by this one than the one immediately preceding it. In this one we are given an actual suspect but its too little too late and you don't really get hints to the real killer. You also don't get hints to the secondary mystery that's totally separate from the real plot (and seems rather pointless honestly) and is magically solved by an offhand comment that meant something only to the heroine i thin
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I plan on reading the next of the series, Dark Truth (third entry). That should express my level of enjoyment of this book. As with Cold Truth (first in series), this is a strong three star, or low four star.

This series has an interesting literary approach. In Cold Truth, the main storyline was carried by Cassandra Reilly and Rick Cisco, with Regan and Mitch as secondary characters. In this one, the main storyline centered on Lorna Stiles and Thomas Jefferson (TJ) Dawson, with (again) Regan and
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Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book due to the "connected to the mysterious disappearance 25 years earlier of..." sentence that ensures I will either take to the register/download. Narrated by Anna Fields, who I think does a first-rate job, it's the story of a two missing children -- one of whose body suddenly turns up as ground is broken for a housing development several acres away from their home. There was small-town baloney (but not enough to make me give up -- THAT is another thing that makes me give up on t ...more
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-one novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more

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