Three Little Truths
by Eithne Shortall
It’s my stop on the “Three Little Truths” blog tour! Thanks very much to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours and author Eithne Shortall who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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…
“Three Little Truths” is an intriguing story set on a residential street in Dublin. Pine Road is home to a number of quirky characters, most of which are part of a WhatsApp group initially set up to plan poker nights. In reality the group is full of gossip, rumors and bitching about one another. You could say that this was a close knit community, and everyone knows or wants to know what everyone else is doing.
At first I found it a little tricky to keep up with all of the names of the people living on Pine Road, and struggled in the first few chapters to remember who was who. I also found a few of the name choices a bit confusing: Edie and Eddy, for example, were a little too similar for me. But when it really gets going, it’s clear that there are three main women in this story; Edie Rice, Robin Dwyer and Martha Rigby.
I loved all three of these characters. Edie hasn’t lived on the street long, she’s newly married and trying for a baby. Robin has returned to live with her parents after a break up and Martha has just arrived on Pine Road so the ladies in the WhatsApp group can’t wait to catch a glimpse of her.
This story is a little more than your standard feel good community read. In a way that reminded me of ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Big Little Lies‘, there’s a lot going on behind closed doors and as the book plays out, secrets begin to be revealed.
I liked most of the characters in this story (with a few exceptions) and I felt that the dynamics between them worked really well. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming, but I wasn’t really looking for them either. This isn’t a thriller, so you’re not kept on the edge of your seat, but there’s still plenty to keep your attention and I devoured this book in only a few days.
I particularly enjoyed the gossip between the ladies on WhatsApp and this is definitely a book that’s going to make you smile. I’m sure that everyone will find something to relate to within these pages.
Overall rating: “Three Little Truths” is a fun community story with plenty of colourful characters. I really enjoyed looking at the different lives and dynamics of the residents of Pine Road, it’s 4 stars from me.
Don’t forget to check out the reviews of other blogs on the tour and if this sounds like your kind of book, support the author by picking up a copy on Kindle or Paperback through Amazon UK.