Half Truths

Half Truths

by Claire Contreras

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You've heard of these groups – the secretive ones that only the crème de la crème are invited into, the ones outsiders speculate about for centuries – I'm the second in my family invited to attend, but to them, I'm fresh meat. New blood. New money, too.
They think they'll elbow past me, that I'm here for their amusement, for them to walk all over, they'll find out soon enough that I'm not.
I may look like one of them, with my designer bags and clothes straight from the Parisian runways, but I'm not. I'm here for answers, to take revenge for blood spilt on their centuries old Persian rugs.
I transferred here in search for answers about what happened to my older brother, who hightailed out of here, and my friend who seemingly disappeared into thin air. I certainly wasn't here for the attention of the star hockey player, regardless of how much he willed my eyes his way. I wasn't here for his scrutiny or his judgment or to read into his mysterious aura. I was here for the society, because only they held the answers I needed.

That was, until I found out that in order to get those answers, I needed to go through him. He's saying if I want in, I have to play by their rules, follow their lead.
It's a game I'm willing to play.

I may be the second person I know of to be invited into their society, but I'll be the first to make it out intact.

*This is a stand-alone novel*

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161377161
Publisher: Claire Contreras
Publication date: 10/21/2019
Series: Secret Society , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 29,880
File size: 628 KB

About the Author

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author who traded her psychology degree to write fiction. Don't worry, she still uses her knowledge on every single one of her characters.

She's a breast cancer survivor (x2), who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Florida, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two adorable boys, and French bulldog.

Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in over fifteen languages. When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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Half Truths 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Love everything about this book! It was suspense, mysterious and intrigue. I love the romance between Logan and Mae. Their flirting, teasing keep me on my toes! I wants to see more of them, please!
Kelli Jo Wright 21 days ago
I loved this suspenseful, intriguing book. It had just the right amount of everything from angst, to friendship, betrayal to loyalty, suspense, and shock. You will get swept away in the story and gasp as the story unfolds. I have a new obsession for secret societies.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Non-stop read from cover to cover.
BookLover328 21 days ago
Wow, wow, wow! This book has it all. This maybe my new favorite Contreras book. You really don’t want to miss this one.
SRSbook 22 days ago
As i leave my review, I think this may be my favorite read of 2019. It was so good. I did NOT want it to end! I read it, then also bought it in audio. I can not wait for more!
Kwampler 23 days ago
Claire hit it out of the park with this one! Instantly you fall in love with Amelia and her sassy attitude! I knew she was gonna be a fierce chic! You see her determination and love for her brother from the get go. She will stop at nothing to help him, not even letting sexy Logan distract her! Logan...he is so easy to fall in love with! You see his heart under that rough exterior. You can't help but root for them! Things get intense with unraveling all the secrets and lies...you start to wonder what is going on and then the worst happens. Will Logan and Amelia make it out of this mess alive?? You must read it to find out!!
Jess_Georgia 23 days ago
Great read from Claire. The right amount of mystery, suspense and romance. One click today.
momof3infl 24 days ago
A nail biter of epic proportions! Half Truths will pull you in from the beginning, and doesn't let you go. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and loved every second of it! It's got intrigue, it's got secret society's, it's got romance. You can't help but love Mae and Logan, even if you aren't completely sure of their intentions. All Mae is trying to do is find the truth behind her brother's accident, and becomes embroiled in many half-truths. Along the way she keeps running into Logan, one of the big men on campus, and finds she simply can't stay away. I loved the sparks these two were giving off! Half Truths is a book that you will want to reread again just to see what else you can pick up. I adore Ms. Contreras' writing, and Half Truths is probably my favorite book of hers ever.
Jlmonty4 25 days ago
This book was beyond what I imagined it would be. It’s dark and different, entertaining and twisted. I couldn’t put it down. It’s creepy, yet sexy and cool. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Very entertaining..I loved it!
Mjones74 25 days ago
Half Truths by Claire Contreras is an edge of your seat romantic suspense with a slow burning enemies to lovers feel, with layered secrets that will keep you glued to the pages until the very end! Right from the beginning this secretive mystery had my mind spinning with guesses of who was quilty/innocent the villian/prey, and the firey chemistry that kept pushing and pulling between Amelia and Logan had my heart pounding happily. The ending was very much unpredictable with just the right amount of hold your breath anticipation and shocking satisfaction when all is revealed, with a beautiful romance that survived all the secrets. Although this can be read as a standalone it left a great opening for so much more!!
amatate 25 days ago
I loved the premise of Half Truths and was eager to see what ride the author would take readers on, and it was indeed a ride and one I think many readers will love. I enjoyed the slow burn romance and the secrets driving the suspenseful plot, it set a specific mood that carried throughout the book. I also really liked the setting. The author did a fantastic job painting the scenes with vivid descriptors and flushing out the emotions of the characters, making it easy to become immersed in the story. Although I wouldn’t say Half Truths was chock-full of unanticipated twists and revelations, the way the story of the secret societies and disappearing students unfurled definitely grabbed and held my attention. In fact, the story snagged so much of my interest that the romance ended up being a backstory in many ways. While I did like the slow build between Logan and Amelia and thought they complimented each other well, the chemistry between these two seemed to spark but not catch fire as much as I hoped. Perhaps it was simply that all the other action and suspense muted their romance, but despite the slow initial build, it felt as though their feelings developed and significantly deepened far too quickly based on their histories. Regardless, Half Truths is definitely worth the read, especially if you like plots that contain many moving parts. *eARC received via Netgalley*
nickelbull08 26 days ago
Hands down my favorite read of the year. I really wasn’t sure what to expect going in and didn’t know if secret societies were going to do it for me. Talk about a pleasant surprise. It is the perfect amounts of suspense, mystery, and romance. In my opinion this is hands down Claire’s best work to date. If you are on the fence, give it a chance. I’d bet you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
AmyNMusselman 26 days ago
OMG!!! How have I not read from this author before!?!? I have to stay that I’ve been busy with life and I didn’t remember this book BUT I’m obsessed now and need more!!! Amelia is so freaking amazing!! She has the ability to know exactly what I want her to do! She’s crazy curious and she’s majoring in journalism! I loved her want and need to find the truth! Logan wasn’t as appealing as Amelia was and he was only appealing because she made the scenes they were in!! Logan is a jock hockey player who is majoring in journalism and business (I think...) The two of them together was incredibly hot! I loved how they had this enemies to lovers thing going on and couldn’t wait to see if it exploded! This book is everything! I was not productive for an entire day at work! I need a copy in my hands because this one will be a definite reread!
BbLynn 26 days ago
I have loved every single book this author has put out but........ YES!! ABSOLUTELY....YESSSSSS to Half Truths!!!!!! This book is nothing like what you have seen from her and again, I will say that I love love love her previous books but...whew!!!- This book has a little bit of everything for everyone and it is written and delivered so flawlessly, if you (Claire Contreras) don’t consider it your masterpiece, I certainly do! The new girl at school and the hot jock were just what I needed. Watching them have this insane attraction to one another but denying it was the magic that sucked me in. Add to it the mystery, secrets and twisty turns and I was hooked! (Sexy and romantic times are there too, just in case you had any doubt.) I don’t want to say anything more than I already have because this is the kind of book you go in on-expecting nothing but getting EVERYTHING! I would highly recommend this book and any other book by this author. It was truly amazing and I could definitely go for another dose!
mrsdaniel1028 26 days ago
Such an interesting story. Love the secret society aspect of this book. We have all heard about stuff like this. I loved the movie Skulls back in the day too. I never knew what was to come. It was such a page turner. I needed to know more. I couldn’t figure anything out. I didn’t see the twist coming either. Logan is super hot, in my head. Such an alpha male, and totally falls for Amelia. I love them together. I loved the story, and all the twists and turns!
Anelise Torian 26 days ago
This book kept me glued to it from the first page. There is such a mystery to the story that Mae, Amelia, tries to uncover after transferring to a new university for her senior year of college. Following Mae's journey as she begins life at this new school and tries to find out what happened to Lana Le you won't be able to put the book down as you learn about the secret societies, try to figure out why no one will talk about the disappearance and why some people are always somehow showing up around you even with the campus being so big. There were twists and turns I didn't see coming and things I expected that didn't happen. Who can you trust when you are trying to uncover the truth about a mystery?
Millionreads 26 days ago
This book was a slow start for me. It wasn’t holding my attention. Then all of a sudden I was hooked and I couldn’t put it down. There were lots of twists and turns. Some things I figured out while others surprised me. I loved Logan. He and Amelia had amazing chemistry. I loved the ending.
sandie333 26 days ago
Gripping Suspense. This one will keep you on your toes with all the twists and turns. Amelia/Mae transfers to her father and brothers alma mater for her senior year in college, she wants to be a journalist and her dad wants her to join the family business. She is on a quest to find out what happened to a girl that has gone missing from campus. This school is home to several secret societies with hooded cloak wearing members and bizarre initiations. Amelia gets caught up in an unusual relationship with bad boy hockey star Logan. There is lots of angst, drama, and mystery that includes family, staff, and students. This riveting story will keep you captivated as Logan and Amelia find love amid the suspense. Five Stars !!!
Angie_H80 27 days ago
Half Truths was incredible!!! It was so unique and interesting!!! This was a love story built around an intriguing amount of secrets and lies in Mae's life. Logan, as much as I found myself wanting to dislike him (you'll understand when you read) he was downright hard to resist!! The story behind the story was so good, and so unexpected!!! I could not put Half Truths down. Claire never fails to impress
Sugarhoney1964 27 days ago
An epic and unique book written by Claire. A fun and easy read that you will devour in one sitting. A must read for sure without a doubt.
HeatherLM 27 days ago
Half Truths was AMAZINGLY good! I was captivated from the first page. Amelia has transferred colleges after breaking up with her long time boyfriend. She is now attending her fathers and older brothers alma mater, Ellis University. The semester before, a former, high school classmate of hers had gone missing and something happened to her brother that he wasn’t talking about. Amelia was hoping to find some answers on what happened to them. Amelia gains attention from star hockey player, Logan Fitzgerald. He is mysterious, handsome and broody. And he is Amelia’s neighbor. This book was full of suspense and I enjoyed trying to figure things out before they happened. I may have figured some of it out, but there was a lot I never saw coming. I enjoyed Amelia and Fitz and watching their relationship develope. Claire did an brilliant job writing this suspenseful love story and I can’t wait to see what she writes next. I have enjoyed everything I have read by Claire Contreras, but this book is definitely her best work to date.
JoannaDursi 27 days ago
My first thoughts after finishing HALF TRUTHS was HOLY S! My second was that I wanted more!!! I couldn’t believe it when I reached the end. I kept starting at my iPad willing more pages to materialize. I’m a huge fan of Ms. Contreras and this is my favorite book to date. HALF TRUTHS has the perfect mixture of romance and suspense. I loved Amelia and loved Logan even more. I love this twisted world she came up with and I’m hoping we”ll see more of it in the future. I loved Logan hardcore and was constantly on edge waiting for the other shoe to drop. My favorite thing about this book (besides him ....swoon) is that it was unpredictable. I had no clue where this story was going or what the twist was until the second the author wanted me to. Bravo! A must read.
Robin_B_Reads 27 days ago
This book is everything! My favorite read this year. Missing women, love, secret societies, family secrets, and I could go on. Amelia wonders if the secret societies and missing women could go hand in hand. Then here comes Logan who could either help answer all her questions or could he be the reason for the missing women. This book kept me wanting more and I never wanted to stop reading.
gabby2846 27 days ago
I loved this book. It was so freaking good!! From the very first page, Claire Contreras had me hooked!! Secrets, suspense, twists, turns and romance, I couldn't put Half Truths down. I'm just obsessed with it all!! The main characters were well developed and had great chemistry. Amelia, especially, shined for me. Give me a smart, determined heroine any day. Transfering into a new college her senior year, she came in seeking answers; not stopping at anything to get them. I loved her will and her strength but it was her vulnerability that made her relatable. Then we have the broody hero Logan Fitzgerald. A jerk a time or twenty, I have to admit it took a minute for me to come around on him. He did have a captivating aura surrounding him that made me want to know more about him. Yet, it was when he let his guard down with Mae and the fierce protective care he had for her that really won over my heart. By the end he had me swooning all kinds of ways. The setting and mood is probably my favorite thing about this story. I was absolutely addicted to the eerie and mysterious feel. All the secrets and lies added the right amount of drama and intrigue to keep me at the edge of my seat. I will say, I would categorize Half Truths as a suspense with some romance rather than a romantic suspense. I really enjoyed the way Mae and Logan's connection builds throughout the story. However, I did not feel like their romance was the focus of the story. Normally, I would have docked a star for this situation because I love me some romance but for this story it worked. I've enjoyed Claire Contreras's other books in the past. However, Half Truths was just on another level. This is some of her best work. I am all-in on this world Claire has created. She did leave it open for other characters to get a story. I'll be over here with my fingers crossed, praying we get more. Highly recommend!!
Rinsky13 27 days ago
Wow! This book was riveting!!! Legit, once you start, it is so hard to put down (even when you’re at work and supposed to be, you know, working). It had a little bit of everything in it - beautiful smart woman starting her senior year at a new college, cocky arrogant hot guy who acts like a jerk that’s pretty much the king on campus, new friends (though some seem a little off), new opportunities, and a little investigation to throw into the mix. As things move along, Mr. Arrogant Jerk becomes more then a pain in the a**, secrets are revealed, and more mysteries & secrets pop up. I loved this all around! Lots of feels in here (my eyes leaked more than I expected them too-again, not good at work). And I totally loved Amelia & Logan. Her with her strength & loyalty, love & fierceness. And him, well, pretty much everything. Completely fell for Logan. 100%. This is an absolute must read!!