I’m always intrigued by books with Indians as the main characters because there’s so much that I can relate to in the story. Even though the story is based between London and India there’s still little pops of familiarity throughout the book.
Genre and Themes
I thought at first that this was a straightforward murder mystery but there is also a running theme of infidelity as well as various forms of abuse.
At their wedding, Mia and Roy Kapoor promised to love and cherish each other. Whilst not perfect, their marriage is sacred and their commitment absolute. But a knock on the door changes everything when Roy is questioned over the disappearance of a young woman. As Roy and Mia’s life unravels, they must question everything they know about each other if their marriage is to survive. But what if the real truth is not what they, or you, think?
The Main Characters
Mia – Mia’s life seems perfect. She is rapidly climbing the corporate ladder in the fashion industry and she loves her job. She has a wonderful relationship with her mum and sister and it is clear that they care for each other deeply. Her marriage to Roy is in a good space and she feels as if they are ready to start a family. Yet Mia is struggling to keep it all together. She sees a therapist that her husband doesn’t know about and there’s certain things that she isn’t 100% happy about but she doesn’t feel comfortable enough to talk to him about it. It’s also been over a decade since she lost her dad but that event has shaped her in so many ways and she still blames herself for his death.
Roy – Roy is content in his marriage. He has a good wife whom he loves and their relationship is comfortable but still fun. His job may not be exactly what he wants but it is exciting and he has big ideas for his travel expeditions that he is ready to pitch to magazines. He is happy with his life until…Emily kisses him. Suddenly the temptation for something more becomes irresistible and what Mia doesn’t know won’t hurt her right?
Your Truth or Mine is the story of Mia and Roy Kapoor. They are a happily married couple with Mia enjoying a successful sales career in fashion and Roy seeing the world as a travel writer. On the surface they seem like they have it all together but as the story progresses, the cracks begin to show.
The story begins with Roy being questioned on the disappearance of Emily, his assistant and also the woman he was secretly having an affair with. The fast pace does not let up from there. I read this book in one night even though I knew I had to be up early the next day but I just could not put it down.
The plot unfolds to reveal layers of lies and half truths that slowly get pulled back to reveal even darker secrets. Roy is hiding an affair that started at Mias sisters wedding. Mia is hiding the fact that she not only sees a therapist, but that she NEEDS to see her therapist a few times a week to keep her anxiety under control. Mia’s mum and sister seem to also be protecting Mia from her own childhood memories but what are they hiding? Roy has met someone else while seeing Emily and seems to be cheating on his mistress as well as his wife but why is Celia so secretive? This is a really tangled web and as it unravels you realise how deep this story really goes and how far back in the past the first seed was planted.
- Did Roy kill Emily?
- Why is Mia so attached to her childhood home?
- What did Roy do that estranged him from his family all those years ago?
- Will Mia play the good indian wife and take Roy back even after knowing that he doesn’t love her anymore?
- How far does a parents love go?
- And the biggest question of all…Does Celia exist?
This review was sponsored by Pan Macmillan