Out on 14 April 2022

Truth Be Told

Sue Divin

Ages 12+
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14 April 2022
9781529040999
316 pages
Synopsis

Tara is from Derry, Faith is from Armagh; their lives are very different, but they look exactly the same - they just don't know why...

Two teens from very different backgrounds - Tara, the Catholic daughter of a two generation single parent family, and Faith, the daughter of strict Evangelical Protestants from Armagh, come face to face at a residential and discover they look almost identical. A DNA test reveals they are related, and that Faith's father is not who she thinks - while Tara has never known hers. Between them, they set out to unravel the mystery of their shared parentage, but in doing so set in motion a series of revelations about the pasts of both their families. Meanwhile, they are also dealing separately with their own issues - Tara angry and grieving after the sudden death of her boyfriend Oran, and Faith hiding her true sexuality from her family for fear of being disowned.

Profoundly powerful, subtle and effective, this superb debut evokes the deep-rooted mistrust lingering in the wake of the Troubles, as well as a new, tentative flowering of hope and love.

The Guardian on Guard Your Heart

A compelling, engaging narrative.

Claire Hennessy, Irish Times on Guard Your Heart