Title: THE TRUTH HURTS
Author: Rebecca Reid
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Read: August 2020
Expected publication: out now
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟1/2
In this twisty, compelling thriller,
a young woman quickly embarks on what she thinks is the relationship and love
of a lifetime, and she’s thrilled when her new husband insists they follow one
rule: they don’t talk about the past, but it’s a rule that has dangerous
Pretty Woman meets Rebecca in this deliciously dysfunctional tale of a marriage gone wrong! It may start sweet and romancy, and I was briefly wondering if I had misinterpreted the “thriller” description that made me pick this book off the shelf, but as I got deeper into the story it became obvious that this could not end well!
Twenty something nanny Poppy finds herself stranded in Ibiza after confronting her (horrible) employer and getting fired on the spot. With no return ticket and hardly any money to her name, she is indeed in trouble. Enter handsome, forty-something Drew, a wealthy businessman holidaying on the island, who chats up the downcast Poppy in a bar she has sought refuge in. Hearing of her tragic circumstances, he offers her to stay with him in his luxury apartment – and BAM! A steamy one night stand later, Drew declares his undying insta-love for Poppy, who is also smitten by her rich and gentle lover. In a whirlwind romance they get married. But of course there is a catch – there would be, right? Drew does not ask for a prenup, but he asks that the condition of their marriage is that the past must never be spoken of. Shady, right? Well, our lovely Poppy has her own secrets, so she is not totally opposed to that plan. Until she finds herself installed in the old mansion in England Drew bought for her as a wedding present – and discovers that there may be some secrets in Drew’s past that have come back to haunt them.
THE TRUTH HURTS was the type of fast, entertaining and surprisingly fun popcorn read I love to relax with. Best enjoyed with a cold bevy in one hand whilst sunning yourself on a deckchair and escaping into a world where you know that things are screwed up but you don’t care because it’s fun to watch these characters gradually get more and more entangled in their lies and slowly implode. I liked Poppy, who is energetic and plucky and just had an energy I enjoyed, so the story quickly swept me along and kept me entertained. Just as I thought I knew how it would all end, BAM! The author inserted another twist I had not seen coming.
In summary, pick up THE TRUTH HURTS when you’re in the mood for a fast, fun entertaining read chockablock full of characters who tumble headlong into disaster but who are still enigmatic enough that you want to root for them. With an energetic young lead, the story will sweep you off on a fantasy ride that is perfect for a beach or holiday read, with a G & T in one hand whilst lounging in a deck chair in the sun.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Perennial for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review.