Home Truths by Tina Seskis | Book Review

Published by Lake Union Publishing
Available in ebook and paperback (1 December 2019)
335 pages
Source: Copy received for review


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 life together, two hundred miles away another young couple faces an uncertain future. Christie knows Paul is a decent man, but she can’t shake a clairvoyant’s warning: ‘Never trust your husband . . .’ When a work trip tests their bond, will she overcome her fears for the sake of her family?

Ten years later, both couples are still together, for better or worse. But as doubts and resentments begin bubbling steadily to the surface, all four of them start to question the choices they’ve made.

At least the secrets they all brought into their marriages are still well hidden.

For now.


Four people. Two couples. How and why are they connected?

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 suspenseful story that will keep you guessing until the end. Each chapter is voiced by one of the four characters, Eleanor, Alex, Christie and Paul and we follow these people through the ups and downs of their lives and relationships, all the time knowing that there has to be a connection between the strands, but wondering what on earth it is. Having the different voices tell their part of their story works well – you get to know the character and it gives them some substance and depth.

Secrets and lies are at the heart of this intriguing story. There were one or two areas that I wished had been explained a little earlier rather than being teasingly referred until the end (but that just may be me being very impatient) but on the whole this was an excellent read that kept my interest all the way through. At one stage there was that ‘penny dropping moment’ and I thought I knew part of what was happening, but I had absolutely no idea as to the reasons behind it. There were a couple of other strands which I thought I had sussed, needless to say I was completely wrong!

I’ve been reading and enjoying Tina’s books since her debut, One Step Too Far. They all focus more on characters and behaviour and always have at least one twist somewhere along the line to shock and surprise – and Home Truths certainly has its share of those! The character development, the intricate relationships and the way the story builds to a dramatic conclusion are always so very well done and a new book is always something to look forward to. I very much enjoyed Home Truths – definitely one to recommend.


Tina Seskis is an international best selling author whose work has been optioned for TV.

Tina’s first novel, One Step Too Far, was released in 2013, and has since been published in 18 languages in over 60 countries. Home Truths is her fourth novel. Tina’s fifth novel, Hope Close, will be published in Spring 2020.

Tina grew up in Hampshire, before going off to study in the beautiful city of Bath and then moving to London, where she has lived on and off ever since. She started south of the river, but now lives in North London with her husband and son.

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