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3.5 - Home Truths

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 6/15/16 3:22 pm
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1st Doctor, Sara Kingdom & Stephen(told by Sara)
Not the greatest on sound, so a 5 is all I can give it, way to much up and down on the volume, the plot is great a solid 8, acting was good, could have been a bit better so another 8, and it is well worth listening to again, so 8's rule. Sara lives on in the house, nice concept.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/23/16 11:28 pm
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This story begins the process of fleshing out the character of Sara Kingdom as, from a guest house, she recounts arriving at a mysterious house in the middle of nowhere only to discover two bodies. This is a very rich story, with a great psychological element and two mysteries: one in the story Sara's telling as well as in the framing story. Overall, this is a very engaging release that sets the stage for the rest of the Sara Kingdom trilogy.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/12/16 12:28 pm
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'Home Truths' written by Simon Guerrier is a deliciously dark and entertaining story of a haunted house in the future combined with a murder mystery; although, we know the house isn't actually haunted it's just a metaphor - or is it?. The house uses automated technology and is able to read minds and produce glasses of water, for example, at the inhabitants wishes. The narration by an aged, Sara Kingdom (her presence is explained later) is beautifully worded and shrouded in a totally immersive atmosphere. The Doctor, Steven and Sara land in what appears to be an abandoned yet newly constructed body and upon further investigation discover the dead of bodies of the couple who lived in the house.

This audio, obviously, trades heavily on suspense and unveiling mysteries, but when you aren't really given a clue as to how Sara survived but you know there is going to be some clever workaround it can be a little anti-climatic. Even so, this is a first class story that is brilliantly written and worth every minute you spend listening to it. This is the first in a trilogy and what a great way to start. A creative futuristic ghost story free from cliches.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 9/5/15 4:42 pm
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I think the best way to describe Home Truths is that it is passionate. Simon Guerrier was asked if he wished to write a Companion Chronicle and given a list of companions he can use. Guerrier chose to use lesser known companion, Sara Kingdom who only appeared in The Daleks' Master Plan before being killed off at the end of that story. You would think there would be no way to have the character reappear, but if you look closely at Master Plan, you will find that the end of Part Seven (The Feast of Steven) does not lead into Part Eight (Volcano) allowing for a number of adventures in between the two episodes. This is one of those adventures in the narrative gap and it works. The way Guerrier uses to allow Sarah Kingdom to tell the story is brilliant and I won't give it away here in this review.

The plot has atmosphere laid on thick as The Doctor, Sara and Steven are the only real characters in the story being retold. The story involves the TARDIS crew arriving in a house where two people have been murdered, yet there aren't any marks on either of their bodies to indicate a struggle. There are no other characters and as the mystery unravels you get to see how everything can come together in a nice little bow. The story is told by Sara on future Earth to a man called Robert who has come to investigate a supposedly haunted house. Again their dynamic is great and I have no complaint with how this works. And may I say I feel bad for Sara Kingdom as what allows her to be telling the story is something the Doctor probably never realized.