Three Little Truths

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One happy street. Three pretty houses. So many lies…

Martha used to be a force of nature: calm, collected, and in charge. But since moving her husband and two daughters to Dublin under sudden and mysterious circumstances, she can’t seem to find her footing.

Robin was the “it” girl in school, destined for success. Now she’s back at her parents’ with her four-year-old son, vowing that her ne’er-do-well ex is out of the picture for good.

Edie has everything she could want, apart from a baby, and the acceptance of her new neighbours. She longs to be one of the girls, and to figure out why her perfect husband seems to be avoiding their perfect future.

Three women looking for a fresh start on idyllic Pine Road. Their friendship will change their lives, and reveal secrets they never imagined. Liane Moriarty meets Lisa Jewell in this story of the love affairs, rivalries and scandals that hide behind every door…

I absolutely adored Grace After Henry, Eithne Shortall’s debut novel and I was so excited when Anne Cater messaged me, asking me to be on the tour for her new book. Three Little Truths definitely did not disappoint and I’ve been talking about it ever since I finished reading it last weekend. Some readers have commented that it feels a little bit different in style but I absolutely fell for its charms and devoured it in one go! My mum is a huge Maeve Binchy fan and I know that she’ll love this as much as she loved Grace After Henry which we both read on holiday last year.

Once again, Eithne creates a whole cast of memorable characters that you’ll warm to and recognise in equal measure. Most of you will have met a Martha, Robin and Edie in real life, whether you’ve ever been to Dublin or not. Martha is turning heads and getting tongues wagging in her new house in Pine Road, Dublin. Curtain twitching is a major vice in lots of suburban communities and you’ll be as desperate as the rest of the neighbours to find out the truth behind the move…

Robyns in a totally different phase of her life. One that I could totally connect with. After a relationship breakdown, she’s back at her parents striking out into the unfamiliar waters of a new relationship and ready to start taking chances on a fresh adventure after being so hurt and broken in her past…

Edie was my favourite character, she was absolutely a force of nature and she really sprang off the page. She wants to move onto the next part of her life and become a mum, feeling like she’s now ready for a baby but she’s struggling with the idea that her husband and she might not quite be on the same page when it comes to playing happy families.

I enjoyed the three part aspect to the story and got totally involved in the three women’s lives, sometimes even forgetting that they were fictional constructs and I wish that I could move in and get to see the community from their perspective. I think that there’s a real trend in fiction at the moment to look at enclosed groups of women, and this is definitely one of the best I’ve read which made me want to pass it on to lots of my book club girls and see what they thought.

If you enjoy a book that’ll draw you in and make you think about your own friendships and the way we often think we know people when we have actually very little idea about what’s going on just below the surface.

Thanks so much for sending me the book Anne, I really can’t wait to see what the lovely Eithne does next 📚✨

 

Writer On The Shelf

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EITHNE SHORTALL studied journalism at Dublin City University and has lived in London, France and America. Now based in Dublin, she is chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She enjoys sea swimming, cycling and eating scones.

Grace After Henry is her second novel. Shortall’s bestselling debut novel, Love in Row 27, has been optioned for a TV series by NBC Universal Studios International, the production company behind Downton Abbey.

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