#Blogtour The Truth Waits by Susanna Beard @SusannaBeard25 @Legend_Press #TheTruthWaits

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The Truth Waits by Susanna Beard  Legend Press  November 1st 2018

Anna has everything worked out – a successful company, all the comforts she needs and no ties. But when she stumbles across the body of a young girl on a deserted beach in Lithuania, everything changes.

Anna is compelled to uncover the story behind the tragedy, despite concern from her partner, Will. Everything points towards sex trafficking, but as she searches, her own deepest secrets start to surface.

When Will disappears without a trace, Anna is pulled further into the murky world of organised crime. Time is running out for them all, and there’s a killer out there who will stop at nothing.

Beard enthrals the reader in this fast-paced psychological crime thriller. Anna serves as the perfect power-house protagonist, her daring escapades leaving the reader questioning: how far should one go to solve a murder?

My Review

If there was one thing that grabbed me about The Truth Waits it had to be the prologue,

On a strip of land by a northern sea, salt water caresses pale skin. Bare legs are washed clean, buffeted by gentle waves and a million grains of sand. A single shoe, its skinny heel pointing to the sky, lies lonely. Fabric swirls in the backwash, its pattern of leaves and flowers fading in the brine; yellow hair curls and curves like soft seaweed. The eyes, blue as the sky, stare out into the world, which has turned away.

Beard, instantly created a wonderful air of mystery, endless questions whirled around in my head. Who was the body on the beach. Was she murdered or just a victim of a simple drowning or suicide?

Our main protagonist, Anna, is the unlucky one who finds the body, and her reactions formed the basis of the novel.

In Anna, Beard created what at first appeared to be a strong, stoical character, a character whose outward demeanour seemed almost impenetrable to outsiders, as if she were protecting herself from people and life.

The discovery of the body had a profound effect, you could feel Anna’s defences slowly lower, especially when she met Will, a man whom she realised meant more than a casual affair. I loved how Beard portrayed her gradual change, this once emotionless, workacholic discovering who she was and that life had so much more to offer.

It was this focus on Anna that made The Truth Waits stand out, making it much more than your standard thriller. Her obsession with discovering who the young woman was slowly began to take over her life and Beard took Anna on a tour of Lithuania, opening up the true horrors of the trafficking industry. It was a part of the novel that made for uncomfortable reading but at the same time utterly fascinating as Anna met the traffickers and the families affected by their dirty trade.

Beard racked up the tension and before long I was enveloped in Anna’s dilemmas as she wondered who she could trust and what part each character, including Will, had to play in the whole affair. The latter pages were quite fast and furious and I hoped that Anna would get the happy ending she so wanted.

If there was one thing that Beard did extremely well, it had to be her wonderful descriptions of Lithuania’s windswept coastline, setting the scene, creating a bleak and desolate image in my mind, that perfectly matched Anna’s mood and her discovery.

The Truth Waits was a novel of human emotions, of the need we sometimes have to look further than what is in front of us, to dig deep and really think about what we actually want and need.

If you want a gripping and compelling novel then you need look no further!

I would like to thank  Legend Press for a copy of The Truth Waits to read and review and to Lucy Chamberlain for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Susanna is a psychological crime writer who lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Her day job in PR both demands and celebrates writing and she’s helped promote everything from websites to wine. She writes every day, all the time: news, articles, speeches, websites, blogs – and now novels.

She likes dark, contemplative stories with a twist; she’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.

Susanna started writing fiction after attending a course at the Faber Academy. Other passions include her dogs, who keep her grounded, and tennis, which clears her brain of pretty much everything.

Visit Susanna’s website: www.susannabeard.com and follow her on Twitter at @susannabeard25

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