I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid today. Reid is a new author to me, but I was immediately intrigued by the premise of Truth Hurts and I jumped at the chance to take part in the blog tour.
Which is more dangerous, a secret or a lie?
Poppy has a secret.
It was a whirlwind romance. And when Drew, caught up in the moment, suggests that he and Poppy don’t tell each other anything about their past lives, that they live only for the here and now, for the future they are building together, Poppy jumps at the chance for a fresh start.
But it doesn’t take long for Poppy to see that this is a two-way deal. Drew is hiding something from her. And Poppy suddenly has no idea who the man she has married really is, what he is hiding from her or what he might be capable of.
Drew says he has nothing to hide. Drew is lying.
Poppy meets Drew after a disastrous day in which she is both fired and stranded abroad with little money to get home. Her former employers are unlikely to pay her what she’s owed, and her bank account doesn’t quite stretch to a flight home during peak holiday season. She meets Drew at a bar while simultaneously drowning her sorrows and trying desperately to come up with a plan to get home. It’s not quite love at first sight, but Drew is attractive, charming, well-mannered, and, while she doesn’t realise it at the time, pretty well off. They hit it off immediately, and, following a whirlwind romance, Drew proposes to her within a month of their first meeting. While it’s unconventional, Poppy and Drew find a connection straight away and I think that they make a great couple. Drew seems genuinely infatuated with Poppy, and he’s such a gentleman that I think it would be difficult not to be charmed by him. It’s easy to see why Poppy chooses the path that she does, and not just for the airfare home – there’s genuine feeling on both sides.
It’s said that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, and I kept coming back to this saying as I read on. Here, the first signs of something being not quite right stem from Drew’s suggestion that they don’t discuss their pasts and focus instead on the here and now. This suits Poppy, who has her own secrets that she’d rather not share and that would potentially cause Drew to see her in a different light. Poppy’s past is gradually revealed through flashbacks, and I loved this insight into her past and why she is so quick to agree to Drew’s deal. She’s not so naïve as to think that she is the only one with something to hide, but assumes that in Drew’s case that this is a former wife / family / sordid affair that he’d rather not discuss.
This aspect of their relationship adds some tension to the story, particularly as Poppy becomes increasingly concerned as the novel progresses. Drew won’t even discuss the inconsequential parts of his past with her, and this lack of background adds a more sinister note to the story. I couldn’t help but imagine the worst for Poppy, even though there was nothing in Drew’s character that suggested anything amiss, other than his reluctance to discuss his past. Both Poppy and the reader learn a little more as the novel progresses, and while on the surface she and Drew are very happy together, it’s easy to understand Poppy’s increasing discomfort. It adds such a wonderful note of discord to the novel, and I loved that sense of something not being right, but not being able to say what.
Truth Hurts is a stunning novel, and one that I heartily recommend. I felt that it offered something a little different to the usual domestic thriller, particularly as Poppy and Drew are extremely, even excessively, happy for the most part. The build up to the big reveal is brilliantly done, and the ending is superb.
Truth Hurts was published in paperback by Corgi on 23 January. Many thanks to Emma of Damppebbles Blog Tours and the publisher for the review copy and the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.
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