Tuesday, February 11, 2020

TLC Review: Home Truths by Susan Lewis

Title: Home Truths
Author: Susan Lewis
Year Published: 2020


Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 480
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for TLC Book Review

Summary (from the back of the book): 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. Expelled from school and disappearing from home for days on end, Liam falls in with a notorious local gang. After arriving home one day to find their 5-year-old son with a syringe Liam has left lying around, Steve makes a rash decision that will have lasting repercussions on their family.

Two years later, Steve is gone, Liam is missing, and with money running out, Angie and her other two children are on the brink of eviction. Then Angie is called into the police station and informed that there’s been a murder—and Liam is a suspect. As Angie’s desperation to save her family leads her to take drastic measures, her daughter secretly devises her own plan to save the family…which could put everyone in danger.

Alternating between Angie’s blissful life as a young mother and her present-day nightmare, Home Truths is a searing exploration of the lengths one mother will go to survive and protect her children.

Purchase Links

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Review: I always enjoy reading the books I get from TLC Tours, but this one wasn't one of my favorites. That doesn't mean I disliked it, it just wasn't one of the best. Partly that was my expectations for the book. I thought it would be more of a mystery than a saga of a family going through difficult times. As with my previous TLC Tour book, The Second Midnight, this one has a good rating on Goodreads of 4.06.

Angie has what seems to be a good life. She is married to a man she loves, she has great kids, good extended family, a lovely home. But, then things go horribly wrong and she seems to be left with next to nothing. She loses her home, her extended family cannot help, her oldest son is an out of control gang member/druggie, her teenage daughter is walking a fine line, and more.

The problem for me is that I could see it all unraveling, I wanted someone to help her, and it just wasn't happening. Angie is a good person, but also chose to mostly ignore her quickly spiraling situation. I wanted her to have more... umph.

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Tour Schedule
Tuesday, January 28th: Into the Hall of Books
Wednesday, January 29th: Orange County Readers
Thursday, January 30th: Thoughts On This ‘n That
Monday, February 3rd: Girl Who Reads
Tuesday, February 4th: Books and Bindings
Wednesday, February 5th: Booked J
Thursday, February 6th: Stacy’s Books
Friday, February 7th: Instagram: @jennsbookvibes
Tuesday, February 11th: Helen’s Book Blog

Wednesday, February 12th: Book by Book

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