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Hard Truth Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Reissue edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345476670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345476678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,197,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mariah Stewart is the bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas. A RITA finalist for romantic suspense, she is the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Award honoring excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times magazine. A three-time recipient of the Golden Leaf Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the New Jersey Romance Writers, she has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two rambunctious golden retrievers amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Valley Forge Romance Writers, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Romance Writers of America.

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I'm a big fan of Mariah Stewart but have to admit this is not one of her best. First puzzle for me was on the back cover it stated Lorna Temple, not once during the book (or maybe I missed it!) was her name ever referred to as this. Also seemed to read more about her accountancy business than the actual murders taking place. They seemed to be a distant fact referred to now and then. Don't want to give the game away to those who haven't read the book but the murderer just didn't fit, age was a problem for me especially for those that were killed and disposed of by this person. However all in all not a bad read, but onto the next one.
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I had never heard of Mariah Stewart until I was browsing Amazon and read other readers reviews. I decided to buy one of her books and I have to say I was not disappointed. I ended up buying all of her books to date and reading them one ofter the other. I never once got fed up!

What I love about this author is how she starts each book with a new story to tell and new characters but then brings each of those characters into each of her new books. Every character is somehow connected in some way to the others.

Hard Truth was gripping and after reading it in one sitting, couldn't wait to start the next one in the series. Lorna Temple arrives home, after her mother dies, to sell the family farm and ends up on the trail of a killer and to try and find out what happened to her friend who went missing when they were 9 years old. Toss in a hunky PI, his FBI friend and a writer of true crime and it takes them to places Lorna never dreamed of.
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really enjoyed this - yet to find a book of hers that I didn't enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Different, But Still A Good Read 10 Jun. 2013
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This is the second book in the "Truth" series. I had previously read Mariah Stewarts "Dead" series and I'm discovering that even though all the books can be read as stand alone novels, she continues to put in little snippets from earlier books and bringing back former characters. I enjoy that aspect of her books.
As a child, Lorna Stiles' best friend, Melinda Eagan goes missing the night of her ninth birthday. There are no clues, no witnesses, she just vanished without a trace. Most of the people in the small farming town of Callen Pennsylvania, believed her abusive mother or her older brother had something to do with her disappearance.
Now an adult, Lorna has returned to her childhood home to get it ready to sell after the recent death of her mother. She is expecting to deal with her feelings and that of her siblings about selling the family farm. What she is not expecting, is the body of Jason Eagon being found on what used to be part of the family farm. It was dug up during the new construction taking place on the backside of the property. His body appears to have been buried there since he went missing a few days after his young sister disappeared. His mother is brought in and the local police have the case sewn up and closed before the ink dries on the arrest warrant. In their minds, they have their killer, period.
Lorna wants to do right by her mother's memory, so she steps in to help Mrs. Eagan. Posting her bail and hiring a Private Investigator to look into what happened all those years ago when the children went missing.
Thomas Jefferson Dawson, T.J., is a former profiler with the FBI, and has been recommended to Lorna by her friend and true crime author Regan Landry.
When three more bodies, all young teenage boys, turn up buried near the body of Jason, all with the same cause of death, Regan's friend and FBI agent Mitch Peyton, pushes to be invited into the case. It seems now they have a serial killer on their hands and he has disposed of his victims in the back fields of Lorna's family home.
Between Lorna, Regan, T.J., and Mitch, new clues are discovered, and they now know in which direction to hunt their killer.
This book was a bit different than the earlier books by this author that I've read. This one was much slower paced. A true mystery needing to be solved. There are no awesome car chases, and our main character is not in constant fear for her life. That being said, it was still very well written. Lots of twists and turns leading you in several directions before the killer is finally discovered. I found every time I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again to see what was coming next.
I really liked the book, and will buy the next one in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Mariah Stewart 9 July 2014
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Another great book by Mariah Stewart. An unsolved mystery of 2 missing children from years ago becomes a murder mystery as one of the bodies is discovered. Lorna hires a PI to help determine what happened. Lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing with a touch of a love story between Lorna and the PI. This book will not disappoint you!
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy groping read 16 Aug. 2015
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Nice story line. Smooth easy mystery. Two mysteries knitted together nicely. The ending was a somewhat assumable. Great read for a lazy day.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Sept. 2016
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I like all of Mariah Stewarts novels
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 13 Dec. 2016
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Awesome book.
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