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 consequences—perfect for fans of A Simple Favor and The Kiss Quotient.
Is her new husband hiding something?
Caught up in a whirlwind romance that starts in sunny Ibiza and leads to the cool corridors of a luxurious English country estate, Poppy barely has time to catch her breath, let alone seriously question if all this is too good to be true. Drew is enamored, devoted, and, okay, a little mysterious—but that's part of the thrill. What's the harm in letting his past remain private?
Maybe he's not the only one…
Fortunately, Drew never seems to wonder why his young wife has so readily agreed to their unusual pact to live only in the here and now and not probe their personal histories. Perhaps he assumes, as others do, that she is simply swept up in the intoxication of infatuation and sudden wealth. What's the harm in letting them believe that?
How far will they go to keep the past buried?
Isolated in Drew's sprawling mansion, Poppy starts to have time to doubt the man she's married, to wonder what in his past might be so terrible that it can't be spoken of, to imagine what harm he might be capable of. She doesn't want this dream to shatter. But Poppy may soon be forced to confront the dark truth that there are sins far more dangerous than the sin of omission…
At the start of this engrossing novel from British author Reid (Perfect Liars), Poppy Spencer watches her grand house get demolished to make way for a park in an English village. Flash back five months to Ibiza, where Poppy is working as a nanny for the Henderson family. Late one night, after a row with Mrs. Henderson over the woman's neglect of her children, Mrs. Henderson fires Poppy immediately. Fortunately, Poppy soon meets handsome, wealthy Londoner Drew Spencer, who, after a whirlwind courtship, proposes marriage with the stipulation that they never discuss their respective pasts. Poppy, who has a secret she prefers to keep hidden, agrees. After they marry, the two return to England, where Drew takes Poppy to his house in Wiltshire and gives her carte blanche to redecorate it. Things seem perfect, but are they too good to be true? Poppy begins to wonder whether Drew is concealing a dangerous secret. When Drew's posh friends come for a weekend, Poppy has good reason to be apprehensive. Reid delivers on the promise of the tantalizing opening. Domestic thriller fans will be satisfied.
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THE TRUTH HURTS is an engaging read. The story was intriguing, the characters were compelling, and the ending was surprising. It wasn't as suspenseful as suggested, but entertaining nonetheless.
Disclosure: I received a free, uncorrected proof of this book.