Truth Games by Caroline England #BookReview #Piatkus #5*

She tries hard to be the perfect mother, the perfect partner, the perfect daughter – but Ellie never seems to get it right.

When an old friend from university re-enters their lives, dark memories from Ellie’s past begin to resurface.

As Ellie starts to unravel some shocking and sinister realities, she realises that she must choose between keeping the family she loves – and facing the truth.

From the Top Ten ebook bestselling author, this twisty psychological thriller will have you hooked from the first page to the last jaw-dropping twist.

A Stunning, Thrilling Masterpiece!

Each time I read a new book from this author I think she has reached her pinnacle – and then along comes the next one and blows my expectations clean out of the water!

Ellie is similar to many – no, actually, make that most – women in that she is a wife, partner, daughter and despite her best efforts always feels she is wanting in all roles. With the re-appearance of an old university friend, some dark memories from the past begin to haunt Ellie’s dreams and before long impacts on her daily life. As the mind fog begins to clear, Ellie realises that life changes are inevitable.

A powerful novel, this one just gobbled me up and spat me out at the end. On the surface, it’s a story about an ordinary family – upsets, foibles and all. But scrape the top and there are layers of secrets and it’s only a matter of time until they rise to the top. The characterisation is superb; I could fully expect to meet any – or all – of them and I was drawn into Ellie’s life so easily. The story itself is wrapped in layers of gauze which gives little peeks into what’s coming without ever revealing too much whilst providing the reader with much to ponder. It is both skilfully crafted and so beautifully written that it’s quite a shock to come back to my ordinary everyday life! Now, I was totally convinced I had it all worked out and knew exactly what it was all about but, boy, was I ever wrong! I’ve read this author’s novels for quite some time now, and there is no doubt that her writing just gets better and better, with this one leaving me quite breathless by the final page. My mouth has hung open so much, I’m amazed that my jaw remembered how to close again. A stunning, thrilling masterpiece that I cannot recommend highly enough and which so easily earns all five sparkling stars.

I purchased this novel and read it on the day of publication – not something I do often! This is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: psychological thriller

Author Bio

Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer. She turned to writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies.

Caroline writes domestic psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, known also as The Wife’s Secret in eBook, was published by Avon Harper Collins in October 2017. Her second novel, My Husband’s Lies, followed in May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller. Her latest novel, Betray Her, published by Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group, is now available as an eBook, audiobook and paperback.

Caroline has two dark, twisty short story collections available on Amazon, both in eBook and paperback, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses and Hanged by the Neck.

Caroline also writes under the pen name Caro Land. Her first Natalie Bach legal suspense, Convictions, was published by Bloodhound Books in January 2020. The follow up, Confessions, was published in June 2020.

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