Half Truths

Claire Contreras

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE MYSTERY FAMILY DRAMA CRIME COMEDY

    Core Theme

    LOVE, BETRAYAL

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE SKULLS, THE IN CROWD

    CHARACTER LIST

    • AMELIA “MAE” BASTON: 21, BEAUTIFUL, INQUISITIVE, DETERMINED

    • LOGAN “FITZ” FITZGERALD: 22. STRONG, ATHLETIC, POPULAR, AMELIA’S BOYFRIEND

    • NOLAN ASTOR: 20S, FUN, ATHLETIC, AGGRESSIVE, LOGAN’S BEST FRIEND HAILEY

    • VALENTINE: 20S, DEVIOUS, JEALOUS, AMELIA’S FRIEND AND HALF SISTER

    • LINCOLN BASTON: 20S, PRINCIPLED, BEST FRIEND AND BROTHER TO AMELIA

    • LANA LY: 20S, BEAUTIFUL, MISSING, FELIPE’S LOVER

    • FELIPE BASTON: 50S, SECRETIVE, CUNNING, AMELIA’S FATHER

    Logline

    A girl transfers to her parent's alma matter Ivy League school for her last year of college, intent on finding out the truth about what happened to her brother, who was a hockey player in the school the year before. While going through his things, she stumbles upon a mysterious card.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Female Leaning

    Setting

    Ithaca, New York

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Claire Contreras

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    Amelia Bastón shows up at Ellis University. Meets Logan, the mysterious hero, and finds out about a secret society her brother was involved with. She gets her own invitation and goes to the address instructed. There, she finds out more about the secret society and why her brother was in it.

    Ending Description

    After finding out the truth about her father's involvement in the society, Amelia is determined to go to the police, but her friend plots against her and tries to get rid of her in order to cover up Amelia's father's sins. (This friend is her half-sister, but that is kept from Amelia -& the reader)

    Group Specific

    teens, college-aged, adult women

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-0998345574

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Amelia Baston

    Age: 21

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Badass,Confident,Decisive,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Unapologetic,Funny,Sarcastic,Blunt

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Logan Fitzgerald

    Age: 22

    Gender: Male

    Role: Tempter

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Masculine,Underdog,Sexy,Confident,Complex,Heartthrob,Heroic,Educated,Leader,Seductive,Secretive,Sarcastic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Nolan Astor

    Age: 21

    Gender: Female

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Charming,Confident,Sexy,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt,Sarcastic,Secretive,Heroic,Heartthrob

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Nolan Astor

    Age: 21

    Gender: Male

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Blunt,Sexy,Masculine,Sarcastic,Secretive,Seductive,Educated,Leader,Heartthrob

    Development Pitch

    Half Truths and the rest of the secret society series works because it is perfect for fans of Elite, Sabrina, and other shows/movies that play with dark elements. There is a wide range of diverse, flawed characters who are looking for themselves as they navigate college life and the unexpected, twisted things that take place in Ellis University. The possibilities in this world are endless.

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, ROMANCE, DRAMA

    Brief

    A young woman transfers to an Ivy League school for her last year in college to discover the truth about an accident suffered by her brother. In her quest she discovers the existence of secret societies on campus, truths about her father, and a missing person all while falling in love with the school’s star hockey player along the way.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    Intrigue regarding secret societies on campus draws the reader into the story immediately.

    Possible Drawbacks

    It is a little heavy on the hero worship of the star hockey player and on the romance. Toning down that aspect and focusing more fully on the actual intrigue, would make the story more intense and engaging.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    A story about secret societies is quite interesting and delving into the lives of the uber rich offers insight into how the other side lives.

    Fanbase Potential

    The fanbase for a film like this may tend towards the female demographic given the heavy emphasis on romance. However, since there is a bit of mystery and some sports mixed in for good measure, it has some crossover appeal.

    Awards Potential

    An adaptation of this story probably wouldn't have Awards potential. It is generic enough and lacking in an exceptional aspect that would make it attractive for Award nominations.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    THE SKULLS, THE IN CROWD

    What’s New About the Story

    The story could be more unique if more intrigue and suspense were weaved into the secret society storyline.

    Lead Characters

    The lead characters are exceptionally rich and privileged.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Though the love story is nice, it could be improved by adding more specifics about the secret societies going back to generations.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    The storyline about secret societies is compelling and would make a good, solid film.

    Brief

    A young woman transfers to an Ivy League school for her last year in college to discover the truth about an accident suffered by her brother. In her quest she discovers the existence of secret societies on campus, truths about her father, and a missing person all while falling in love with the school’s star hockey player along the way.

    What We Liked

    - The mysterious secret societies, the non-communicative brother, a missing coed, and an investigative journalist looking for answers makes for a compelling concept. There is also a heavy romantic storyline that will appeal to a largely female audience.
    - Film: A feature adaptation of the story would be engaging. The romance angle is appealing, but the book could use a punch up of the storyline relating to the suspense/mystery elements of the plot to create a more complete movie story arc.
    - TV: Adapting the book into a limited mini-series for television could be interesting. Keeping the focus on the intrigue and mystery of the secret societies and the scandal involving the missing coed would make for a suspenseful series.
    - Key points: Romance; Suspense; Ethnically diverse cast; Young audience demographic; Happy ending.

    Synopsis

    Amelia Baston comes from a wealthy family. She transfers to the Ivy League school attended by her parents and brothers for her senior year. She wants to find out what happened to her brother, Lincoln, that has caused him to retreat from life. She is also curious to discover any leads on the disappearance from the university of an acquaintance from high school named Lana Ly.

    Amelia promptly gets a job writing for the school paper and is given the assignment of writing about the secret societies on campus. She also befriends, Hailey, a barista at the local coffee shop, and learns that Lincoln’s hockey buddies, Logan and Nolan are the most popular guys on campus.
    Amelia discovers that Lincoln was part of a secret society and that he may have been the last person to see Lana before her disappearance. Amelia gets her own invitation to join a secret society. Logan is part of the society as well and though they didn’t get along at first, they soon start to flirt shamelessly and fall in love.

    Lincoln overdoses and spends some time in a medically induced coma. While he is recovering, Amelia is initiated into the secret society and learns that their father, also a member of the secret society, was involved in a sex ring masquerading as a mentorship and that he and Lana were having an affair.

    Amelia wants her father brought to justice. Hailey reveals that she and Amelia share a father. Hailey has always been jealous of Amelia getting to spend time with their father and getting to take advantage of his lavish lifestyle. Hailey now plans to do away with Amelia and take her place. She also reveals that she has been harboring Lana to keep her quiet and that she tried to kill Lincoln to protect their father from exposure.

    Hailey kills Lana and buries Amelia alive. Some guys from the rival secret society discover Amelia and rescue her from the grave. She is happily reunited with Logan. Hailey and her father are brought to justice and after some time to heal from the trauma has passed, Amelia and Logan graduate and plan to get married and start their new life together.

    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.