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Fractured Facade [Kindle Edition]

Elena DeRosa
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“It wasn’t the middle of the night phone call that everyone dreads. It was a middle of the day phone call that nobody expects…“I just got a call from a detective. Daddy’s dead.” And when that crestfallen conversation with my brother came to an end, so did my tranquil way of life.

When I rushed out of Roanoke, Virginia and arrived at the family home in Brooklyn, New York, I never imagined the scene I discovered, nor the acts of betrayal I encountered.

The more I sought answers about my dad’s mysterious death, the more my suspicions became aroused concerning my father’s ex-girlfriend. I couldn’t believe how oblivious so many people had been, and continued to be, to the wily ways of that con artist. Inheriting dad’s scheming sociopath became a journey I never imagined I’d be forced to travel.” — Marie DeLuca

Written as memoir, and based on a true story, "Fractured Facade" is a cautionary tale for anyone concerned about an elderly parent who has lost their spouse. In an effort to combat their depression and seek comfort, the surviving spouse may find themselves thrust into an unfamiliar dating world, one quite different from the era of their youth, and sometimes one where cunning people create facades to mask their true intentions. Sadly, loneliness can cause an otherwise intelligent person to behave foolishly. So does anger. I hope folks will learn from my mistakes so they don’t make them.

"Fractured Facade" is the tale of a father’s death, a daughter’s life, and a sociopath’s vendetta.

Please be aware some may find language they deem inappropriate…having lived through this tale, I don’t.


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About the Author

With one foot planted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and the other in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, Elena DeRosa enjoys the best of both worlds. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, Elena primarily resides in Roanoke with her husband, two children, and quirky Malti-Zhu.

A former videotape editor, producer, and freelance newspaper columnist, Elena's most rewarding career has been the years spent raising her children. Elena now looks forward to being able to spend more time on her passion...writing. Blogging, photography, and paranormal investigating are her hobbies.

"Fractured Facade," a novel written as memoir, was her debut book. "The Valentine's Day Curse," a short story, is her most recent publication.

For more information please visit -- elenaderosa.com

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  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elena DeRosa (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RFUU2Q
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating December 16, 2011
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Although I have never lived in New York City, after reading Elena Derosa's Fractured Facade, I feel as though I have a friend there who welcomed me to her kitchen table for a cup of coffee and an intimate, true story that she chose to tell to me alone.

Derosa's characters are so full of life that they had me laughing in agreement or frowning in disapproval and I just know I could pick them out on any given New York street. I appreciate the way the bureaucracy of death and the arresting manner of regret are handled in this book and I was sorry when I closed the last page. I highly recommend Fractured Facade and anxiously await a new title from this talented author.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! December 6, 2011
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Although we live in the same area of Virginia, I do not know the author. I have visited her blog and had a few exchanges with her on a local news/opinion blog so that is how I found out about her book. I support local writers and have yet to be disappointed and certainly not here.

It is a very interesting, and brutally honest book. Anyone who has not lost someone or who has not dealt with law enforcement, courts or family issues might not feel the gritty integrity it took to tell this story but I have had some traumatic experiences and I believed and felt every word. You find yourself trying to guess how something is going to unfold, and shaking your head a lot. It is a good read.

Excellent effort for a first book, I will look for more.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Read December 11, 2011
By A Customer
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A hard hitting, authentic and transparent novel that has the ring of truth about it. Well written and a brave accomplishment. A terrific debut.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling page -turner October 30, 2012
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I was pleasantly suprised by this book! There is nothing I enjoy more than a good mystery novel but if my interest is not gripped in the first few pages I usually do not have the patience to pursue it any further.
Ms De Rosa had me hooked in the first page! I devoured the story and was skillfully ensnared by the characters.
I quickly lost patience with her Father and hated the 'pig' within sentences of being introduced!
This is a truly excellent first novel and I applaud Ms De Rosa for her talent.I look forward to reading the next!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! November 17, 2012
By Marje
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This is the first book I have read by this author, and I greatly look forward to reading more of her works. It was such a wonderful story that it took only a few days to read the Kindle version. I was totally captivated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful read July 7, 2012
By Dave
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I loved the characters. This book is well written so I felt as though I knew each and every person. Knowing it is a true story made all the more special. Shows what can happen if we as kids forget to be involved in our parents lives as they get older. This is REALLY a great story that is WELL worth reading. Thanks Elena for sharing your story
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fractured Facade - Elena DeRosa June 19, 2012
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Takes the cake regarding what goes on today with the dating scene. Older individuals have no clue (especially if they have been "in" a marriage a long time - and then lose their partner or divorce). Our "me" society has evolved to such a degree that the many people out there with emotional problems are no longer separated from the rest of us, so if you add in the access provided by the internet, you have prime pickings for scam artists and worse. This is a very good portrait of what does go on, and from personal experience I can speak to the truths written in the book. It is brutal out there in the land of 'dating' and especially if one uses the internet to find a potential partner. Even though this was not the avenue for the character's father to meet his troubled girlfriend, it was her venue to bilk him of money as well as cause the family horrendous problems. Also covered rather well is the bureaucracy found at state and local government levels when there is an 'accidental' death in the family - a good read for anyone who has not experienced this passage of life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good May 24, 2012
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When I first began reading this story, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but I'm glad I carried on reading because I really enjoyed it. I especially loved the 'battle' (I won't give spoilers) and was delighted how it progressed.

This story was well written and allowed the reader to 'feel' the ups and downs of the story-teller, which is very important in my opinion.

Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A recap of bad days
As I read Fractured Facade, I could feel sympathy at what was going on, but my story is more bizarre and strange. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sheila Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written:
A complex look at the family unit, taking place in Brooklyn NY. A strong character in Marie, who is committed to her family as most Italian Americans of that generation were... Read more
Published 14 months ago by janet criscuoli
4.0 out of 5 stars Fracture Facade review
This is a rather painful read. A woman describes her struggle to defeat the depredation of her father's estate by an avaricious woman pretending romantic interest. Read more
Published on January 31, 2013 by Ralph R. Woodworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is in the air...or is it?
I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first.
Once I got where the author was coming from I immediately
sympathized with her and understood her cry for justice. Read more
Published on January 2, 2013 by Stephen Cipolla
5.0 out of 5 stars fractured facade
Excellent cautionary tale of the need to keep close to your elderly loved ones, if you don"t someone else certainly will.
Published on December 27, 2012 by donna m
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good
Good character building, scene setting and nice flowing, believable story that stayed with me for a few days. Give it a go and enjoy!
Published on December 19, 2012 by LilFig
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down!
I loved this book, couldn't put it down. I felt that I really got to know the author and her characters. They were like family by the time I finished. Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by I Luv to Read
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very interesting, I didn't read the whole book. Wanted to start another but this has a good story line. Will eventually read it again
Published on November 30, 2012 by Lulu
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. It was so engrossing. You feel like you're in the background watching what's happening and you share the sadness, anger and frustration that Marie feels.
Published on November 4, 2012 by Debra S. Franco
1.0 out of 5 stars Everyone is annoying!
There are no sympathetic characters in this story. Told in the first person, the protagonist is extremely unlikeable - such drama! Such vitriol! I could not finish this. Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by ShazzaNorth
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More About the Author

With one foot planted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and the other in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, Elena DeRosa enjoys the best of both worlds. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, Elena primarily resides in Roanoke with her husband and a quirky Malti-Zhu.

A former videotape editor, producer, and freelance newspaper columnist, Elena's most rewarding career has been the years spent raising her children. Now that her son and daughter have fled the nest, Elena looks forward to being able to spend more time in Brooklyn, and on her passion...writing. An avid blogger and photographer, you can follow her adventures at MsElenaeousRants.blogspot.com.

"Fractured Façade," a novel written as memoir, was her debut book. "The Valentine's Day Curse," a short story, is her most recent publication.

For more information please visit -- http://www.elenaderosa.com

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