Δευτέρα, 9 Απριλίου 2012

The Truth About Us by Dalene Flannigan

Publisher: Smashwords
Publication Date: 5 Nov 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
A SIN: B00642CEB6
Format: eBook
Pages: 230
Websites:
Dalene Flanniga - Official Site
Dalene Flannigan - Twitter
Dalene Flannigan - Goodreads


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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Blurb:


What happens when the past catches up to the present and the truth surfaces? Three women, roommates back in college, find their lives forever altered when one of them feels compelled to confess the secret sin of their past. 

And whose truth is it? 

'The Truth About Us' weaves the past and the present in a page-turner that explores the shifting quality of truth, and the cost of secrets.



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I won this book in a giveaway which was great not just because, well, i won it in a giveaway, but also becasue if i hadn't i would probably never have read it. The main reason being that i mostly enjoy reading young adult and usually i find it hard to relate to characters that are older than me by sigificant amount of years. So i was a bit out of my waters here and i did't know what to expect, one thing's for sure, i did not expect to enjoy it this much.


The book was really emotionally charged because of the tragic events that had taken place and it was a terrible page turner for two reasons, one, because you wanted to find out what the secret was; and two, becasue you desperately wanted things to work out well for the characters. the book also did touch up on many topics, including religion and adultery, but it was done with a practiced ease.


Grace and Erica were likeable and reasonable characetrs that had it tough in their lives, especially Grace. Jude, on the other had, although she had a really tough life with tragic events, was not as likeable a character as the others. To be hiest, i felt like smacking her many many times throughout the book. She had deffinitely passed the limit of healthy religion and had become obsessed. She would see things that weren't there (in a delusional way rather than hallucinatory) and she was easily decieved becasue thsi made her blind.  She almost ruined many people's lives because of her obsession with Jesus and the truth. Don't get me wrong, i'm not against religion, but i believe that there is a limit after which one becomes obsessed and is no longer truely folloing the will of God. Jude, for instance, did do certain things that Jesus taught against, but she was so obsessed that she mistook everyday coincidences for sighns that Jesus was rewarding her. So, although i am not very religious myself, i am not against other people being religious, sometimes religion can help us, benefit us and make us better as people, but there is always a limit and once you cross that, you become a hazard to yourself and to others. I would like to know what you think about this though. Please leave a comment and let me know.


About the Author:


Dalene Flannigan,a Canadian writer, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

"For many years I thought my parents were teasing me when they said, "you were born in the rottenrow". But, turns out, I was born in the Rottenrow.
Rottenrow is a street in Glasgow, Scotland, and the address of the Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital (nicknamed by locals as "The Rottenrow").
It explains so much."

Her full length plays include 'Rescuing Elephants' and 'A Mournful Rustling' - winner of the Playwrights of Spring New Play Award and finalist in The Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest.

She has written, Unheard Voices--an award-winning video on Hard-of-Hearing issues, and, Let's Make it Clear...Clear Communication and Hearing Loss--winner of the Barbara Jordan Media Award.

She lives in Toronto and is working on a new novel.



Challenge(s): 2012 eBook Challenge, The Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge (Crime/Mystery fiction)


Source: Won in a Giveaway (by Workday Reads)

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