May 6, 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Half Truth by Sue Fortin

Blurb

She thought she knew her past. She thought her past was the truth.

Tina Bolotnikov, widowed after her husband, Sasha, is killed in a car accident, relocates back to her hometown on the south coast of the UK, to bring up her young son. Her life back in London with her adored husband is now nothing but a memory; a history to pass onto her son.

DS John Nightingale saw his partner killed in the line of duty and has made it his personal and professional quest to bring to justice the Russian gang responsible. Five years on and the killer is still free but as reports come in of Sasha Bolotnikov’s brother returning to the UK, John is tasked with tracking him down and following him to the seaside town of Littlehampton.

Tina finds herself an unwitting connection to a world she knew nothing about. She thought she knew her husband. She thought their past was the truth. But now as the investigation draws her closer to DS Nightingale, professional lines are blurred and crossed, and only he holds the key to her future.

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Review

Tina Bolotnikov misses her deceased husband terribly. He died in a car accident and she's never had the chance to say goodbye properly, because his funeral was in Russia and she wasn't allowed to attend. Now Tina is raising their son Dimitri by herself. She works hard and also cares for her old neighbor. Sasha used to be her everything and after several years Tina still isn't ready for a new relationship.

DS John Nightingale is feeling guilty because his partner was shot while they were on duty. John knows that Sasha's brother was involved, but he hasn't been able to catch him. Tina never liked her brother in law and she isn't happy when he's back in the UK. What she doesn't know is that he brings back a lot of unrest and misery and she discovers that her husband kept many secrets from her. Suddenly Tina's home is no longer a safe place and she needs to let John into her life to make her feel secure. Does that also mean she can let him into her heart and will he always tell her the truth?

The Half Truth is a moving story about a young woman who's lost her husband. Sasha had a lot of secrets, but Tina trusted him completely, so she never suspected anything. When she learns the truth both her memories of the past and plans she has for her future will change forever. Tina is a strong woman and she isn't afraid to face the facts, I liked that about her. John cares more for her than he's allowed to, but that doesn't mean he'll stay away. He wants to protect Tina and Dimitri no matter what. That was so wonderful to see.

This combination of romance and suspense is great. Sue Fortin has managed to write a very good page turner that's both thrilling and sweet. I liked that a lot. I wanted to know more about the secrets and couldn't wait to find out what they were. I couldn't put this book down. I loved the ending and think The Half Truth is a very enjoyable read.


About the author

Published by Harper Collins' imprint, Harper Impulse, I write womens' fiction; contemporary, romance, suspense and mystery.

I am a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, having come through their New Writers' Scheme. I am also a part of the on-line writing group The Romaniacs who all met through the NWS. Since my second book has been published, I have also become a member of the Crime Writers' Association.

Lover of cake, Dragonflies and France. Hater of calories, maths and snakes. I was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with my family, before eventually settling in West Sussex.

I am married with four children, all of whom patiently give me time to write but, when not behind the keyboard, I like to spend my time with them, enjoying both the coast and the South Downs, between which we are nestled.

 
Giveaway

One very lucky reader of my blog will win a gorgeous The Half Truth bookmark and a signed copy of Closing In. Good luck!



  I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.      

36 comments:

  1. Yes because then, the half truth is more important to focus on than the half lie.

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  2. Yes but I wasn't brave enough to say it all.

    -Raven Claws

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  3. Yes, I did years ago when I mistakenly arranged to meet two young men on the same day-told one my mother was ill so had to rearrange, kept the flat curtains drawn so he couldn't see me if he came to flat, he sent me a bouquet of condolences because he thought my mum had died and I never dared meet up with him again-45 years on and I still feel guilty.

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  4. Yes, I did. I think everyone of us has a story to tell and a secret to keep. I did it not just for myself but for the good of everyone around me.

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  5. Yes I did. Just no to hurt the other person's feelings...

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  6. Yes, I did, because the whole truth was not to be said to the one I told the half truth to.

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  7. Yes, because the complete truth was too painful

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  8. probably but i can't remember

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  9. I have told many I am sure and I can't imagine why now

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  10. eh... I try not too, but I generally only do it to avoid conflict or hurt someone's feelings. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Good question and I really can't recall

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  12. Yes, to avoid the wrath of my mom

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  13. Yes to spare someone else's feelings.

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  14. Yes, in order to protect someone...

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  15. Yes, I have to avoid further problems.

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  16. I have told my children half truths so that I don't destroy their faith in their father, my ex husband.

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  17. Yes, I told my son that our local garden centre (which has animals & a park he loves) closes on rainy days cos I didn't want to go out in the rain! So maybe a whole lie rather than a half truth!!!

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  18. Yes, to protect people's feelings I guess..

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  19. yes to protect those i love xx

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  20. No I believe a half-truth is a whole lie

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  21. Yes, because I felt that it was right for the situation.

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  22. I'm ashamed to say I haven't come across Sue Fortin's books before but I think I might just be about to become a fan. They look lovely. Fingers crossed.

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  23. Yes I have because I didn't wanted to hurt their feelings

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  24. Yes and no, a half truth makes no difference than a lie to me. I have told lies, and even that some parts may be true, do they count as a half truth? I think not.

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  25. Have you ever told a half truth and if so, why did you do it? ........................... oh dear l can't possibly answer this question as it might incriminate me ha ha

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  26. Last yr when my mom was in the hospital her brother passed away and I didn't tell her until months after when I thought she could handle his death. My mom passed away this yr on Feb I believe that they are reunited.

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  27. Probably to spare someone some upset

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  28. I probably have but I don't remember why.

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  29. I can't think of a half-truth I may have told, but if I did tell one it was probably to spare someone's feelings.

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  30. yes i have havent we all? im sure we have all said someone looked lovely in something when lets be honest they didnt x

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  31. Yes I have - but I'm not telling

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  32. Yes I have, but it was for sparing someone's feelings.

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  33. Yes but none I can remember being significant

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