Home Truths: A Novel by Susan Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2.5 days
Pages - 304
Publisher - Harper Collins
Source - Review Copy
Blurb from Goodreads
A mother's worst nightmare becomes a reality…
Angie Watts once had what seemed like an idyllic life: a house in a small town in the English countryside with her beloved husband Steve and their three adored children. She never could have predicted how her life would one day turn out.
When her oldest son, Liam, grows from a sweet-natured boy to a troubled teen, Angie’s world begins to crumble. Expelled from school and disappearing from home for days on end, Liam falls in with a notorious local gang. After arriving home one day to find their 5-year-old son with a syringe Liam has left lying around, Steve makes a rash decision that will have lasting repercussions on their family.
Two years later, Steve is gone, Liam is missing, and with money running out, Angie and her other two children are on the brink of eviction. Then Angie is called into the police station and informed that there’s been a murder—and Liam is a suspect. As Angie’s desperation to save her family leads her to take drastic measures, her daughter secretly devises her own plan to save the family…which could put everyone in danger.
Alternating between Angie’s blissful life as a young mother and her present-day nightmare, Forgive Me is a searing exploration of the lengths one mother will go to survive and protect her children.
Angie Watt's has a beautiful home, a loving husband, three children and the only dark spot is her eldest boy has fallen in with a bad crowd and drugs. When Liam (the eldest) goes to far her husband confronts him and dies at the hand of the gang. What follows and the bulk of the story is what happens to Angie and her family after Steve dies.
Ooft a practically blissful life turns tragic after her husbands death. Going from not having to worry about money to losing her security, struggling to make ends meet and becoming desperate. Her teenage daughter wants to help and finds herself in a dangerous situation. Her landlord has a vendetta and cares nothing for the families issues, he just wants his money.
It is a tale of absolute but for the grace of God go I, how things can turn in the blink of an eye. I thought initially this was going to be a more crime type story but actually it is family drama with a look at how a change in circumstances can pull the rug from under you. How a whole family can be affected by a loss, if only one decision has been different how vary different things could be. It is heartbreaking for the mother, Angie, to see how badly things get and how quick folk are to take advantage. That said there are also a lot of characters with heart and kindness in the book so it gives a wide range across the board of good/bad people. This was my first dance with this author, it won't be my last, 4/5 for me this time.
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