“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” - James Baldwin
Mary D. Brooks’s ‘Hidden Truths’ is a fictional story set in post WWII Australia and Greece. At the heart of it lies an emotion rich, soulful love story between two women. Having come a long way since the troublesome Greece episode that coincidentally brought them together, they now find themselves on a ship heading back home. And here they run into people that ties them to their past and the reader also gets to discover explosive secrets about one of the main character. This is the third book in the Intertwined Souls series of books.
Hidden Truths for a new reader is a wholesome fictional book that never feels like the third book of a big series. The story has been adapted to include a lot of information and back-story about each character and you can very well use this book as an introduction to this series without missing out on anything substantial. But for followers of the series, Hidden Truths can be described as a bridge book that in effect tells the story so far for about 90% of its length and then introduces some startling revelations towards the end. And for the first time in the series, this book ends on a cliff-hanger note after hitting the reader with some shocking news about one of its main characters.
What works for this book and the series in general is the free flowing narrative. The author has tremendous skill over her craft and keeps the reader engaged at all times. There’s never a dull moment and she achieves this with the help of some truly stand-out characters. Eva and Zoe appear life-like and their love story isn’t overtly highlighted as lesbian love and retains all that’s great of fictional romances. Irrespective of your sexual orientation, characters like these are going to induce a bit of daydreaming and fantasy in reader’s minds. And in this episode since they have already been together for quite some time now, they’ve even started exhibiting each other’s characteristics in certain situations. The supporting casts have a more muted role to play this time considering their overwhelming presence in the previous book. And we get introduced to a new character in Theodore, Zoe’s missing brother from the war and he occupies the space occupied by Henry in the previous edition.
The revelation of Eva’s past and the subsequent entry of a couple of characters should make up for interesting reading in the next edition. The characters have come a long way since we’ve been introduced to them in the first book and the fact that they continue to excite us speaks a lot about the author’s success with them.
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: AUSXIP Publishing; 2 edition (April 30, 2015)