Wednesday 9 October 2019

Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid Book Review*

I seem to be flying through thrillers at the moment! And surprisingly they've all been pretty excellent, which has just made me want to keep picking more and more up. Not good for the bank balance but I just can't resist sometimes. It's been a little while since my last book review - The Rumour by Lesley Kara so I really wanted to share my thoughts on Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid.
truth hurts by rebecca reid book cover
'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.'

My review

Truth Hurts has ended up being one of my biggest surprises of 2019 so far book-wise. As I said at the start of this post, I've read many, many, MANY thrillers this year so sometimes they can all sort of blur into one and it takes a lot for one to stand out but this has done more than that. And to be totally honest, I went into this not expecting a great deal. Like I said, a thriller has to be something really special now for me to think WOW but that just shows I wrong I was about this.

Right at the start of the book, we meet Poppy, a nanny for a fairly rich family, on holiday in Ibiza with them. After a few tense words with the mother after coming home late, Poppy is fired and thrown out on the street. With nowhere to go, she ends up in a random bar contemplating her next move, and then Drew turns up. He's a few years older than her, clearly well off and he's interested. It doesn't take long for Poppy to feel like her luck has turned and for them to fall in love. Soon after, Drew proposes...but there's a condition. They never talk about their past. Sounds suspicious? Well I'm sure this is when most people would call things off or at least have a discussion about it but Poppy with secrets of her own, says yes. After a few months of wedded bliss, things start to unravel though. Drew's friends make comments that Poppy doesn't understand, her best friend Gina doesn't trust Drew and Poppy is just desperate for a real family for once. It all starts to get a bit real and Poppy realises she might have let herself in for more than she bargained for. 

Whilst this isn't a book full of twists and it's not BAM, BAM, BAM, one thing after the other, it had just the right amount of suspense I think. There were little drabs of information dropped in now and again that made you question Drew and even Poppy at times and those little seeds were enough to keep you turning that page each time. We also occasionally go back in time to when Poppy used to nanny for another family, people she clearly doesn't want to talk about but why? And I liked that it took right up until the final chapter to really put everything together. I think Rebecca has written this in such a clever way because even though loads doesn't happen for quite a while, once you're invested, you just can't stop reading.

I don't want to give any spoilers away, I worry I've already dropped too many hints, but the ending is a shocker. I genuinely think I sat there speechless for a good while afterwards. It made me re-think EVERYTHING! I realised I didn't know some of the characters aswell as I thought I did and I could never have guessed what was going to come. I'm so impressed and I can't wait to read more from Rebecca in future!

Have you read Truth Hurts? Have you got a thriller you recommend?

*I was provided with a copy for the purpose of this review

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Heather Nixon said...

I love books that have s shocking ending x

Hannah said...

Okay I need to pick this up! This sounds like such a good read, I love the sound of the ending xx

Hannah | luxuryblush

Sophie said...

This sounds amazing! I love an end that truly blows you away x


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