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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481062891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481062893
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,409,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bottom line: highly recommend.
Bill C
The way Heater/Heather has handled changing and hiding her identity is different in this book from anything I have ever read before.
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I was genuinely sorry to reach the last page, the mark of a good story.
Tina Neal

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In Scar Jewelry by Sue Perry, twins Deirdre and Langston who are very different in their personalities, set about to learn more about their mother who is in a coma. Their mother has done such a good job of covering up her past that they have no idea who she truly is or was . The way Heater/Heather has handled changing and hiding her identity is different in this book from anything I have ever read before. At first no-one wants to answer their questions, but eventually they do receive help from some of the Mother's life-long friends. Each new answer seems to lead to even more questions. With each twin having their own ideas about what they find and how it should be handled. With the twins even finding secrets about themselves. A real page turner to see what each new twist or turn will hold. Makes one wonder how well do we know our parents/loved ones?

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill C on January 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A few things I liked about this book:
* Quick and easy connection with its characters. As they developed through the story, the connections grew even more solid. This was good.
* Mysterious elements. Details and revelations unfold naturally, believably, and sufficiently.
* Balanced visualizations. Written scenes need varying amounts or levels of detailing, yes? While a hospital room can be generic, a main character's home, work, and other important environments need more thorough treatment. Well done here.
* Good, steady story/plot advancement vs. wallowing or meandering: definitely the former.

Things I didn't like:
* Ending left me wanting more.

Actually that's probably a good thing too.

Bottom line: highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Neal on March 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Scar Jewelry is a great read. I was genuinely sorry to reach the last page, the mark of a good story. The book explores familiar tangled themes of love and familial bond, betrayal, loss, and reconciliation. This is a fresh and engaging tale of people all too human: it could have been (and probably was) the family next door. The author's voice is authentic and unforced, evocative but refreshingly spare. The story grabbed me for the duration. Those who have spent time in Southern California will enjoy the poignant sense of place that comes through as the backdrop (and bedrock) for the main character's journey of discovery. The finale is a clever, untidy surprise that unfolds with a satisfying rush. Highly recommended and I hope to read more from Sue Perry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marissa on July 6, 2014
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Do you really know everything about your mother?

Twins Deidre and Langston thought they knew everything there is to know about their mother until their mother was in an accident and is in a coma. Searching through their mother belongings and emails looking for other people that might want to know about their mother's condition, they find people and clues to a world they did not know existed.

The lies she told him about their father and the people who knew their parents before they were born. Secrets that unravel into a world of it's own as we realize that we don't always know what is in front of us.

It's an emotional twin about finding the truth after the fact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sevensidedcube on December 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Scar Jewelry by Sue Perry delves into the lives of twins Deirdre and Langston, whose mother falls into a coma after a car accident. The book follows their attempts to find any significant others in her life to inform of the accident, as she may not emerge from the coma.

This proves to be an extremely difficult task due to their mother's introverted, solitaire lifestyle. However, as they dig into her life, they discover that she hid everything of her own and their father's pasts from them.

The first thing that struck me about Scar Jewelry was the astounding detail Sue Perry managed to pour into Deirdre's life, from her thoughts, memories and reflections, and to her relationship to her twin and the others she meets during this novel. Deirdre and Langston especially, were fleshed out to the extent you could easily believe them to be real people.

For someone who is not used to reading this genre, I found the story to be somewhat slow in its journey of revealing Deirdre's mothers and father's hidden past. Other readers may find this to be one of the book's strengths. I also found the author's use of bold text to represent diary entries a little 'overpowering.' I think italics would have been a better choice.

Note, I was given a copy of this book for review purposes.
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By julie r on November 26, 2012
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It is rare for a novel to stand out as a true original, but this one does. The quest for identity is not a new theme, but the way Perry handles it in this book is different than anything I have read before. Scar Jewelry (a title that immediately piqued my curiosity) unfolds in layers on layers as very unalike twins begin to realize that their seemingly ordinary mother used to be someone who bears almost no resemblance to the woman they know. And, in fact, she has done such masterful job of obliterating her own past that until the siblings are forced by a medical emergency to investigate their family history, they aren't even aware that there are secrets that have been hidden from them, secrets that not only reveal truths about their mother, but about themselves.

Twins Deirdre and Langston, so temperamentally different from each other, bring their own views and feelings to both the quest and the revelations, which creates an intriguing dual point of view to the narrative, as well as new friction between the siblings. The plot is twisty and surprising without falling into the trap of over-convolution or confusion. As difficult as they may be to reach, there are logical answers to their questions, questions that continue to multiply as one answer inevitably spawns even more questions. There are plenty of "a-ha!" moments, but as in real life, resolutions are very rarely neat or complete.

This story contains elements of mystery, psychology, family drama and rite of passage without ever allowing any of those genres to overwhelm or pigeon-hole the book; a narrative that is spring-loaded with tension keeps this moving at page-turner pace. Readers who know something about the history of the L.A. music scene may find themselves experiencing deja-vu.
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I have recently resumed writing after a 20-year hiatus: it took me a while to figure out that writing is what matters. During those decades, I had so many jobs! I've worked in science, Hollywood, government, consulting, and academia. I'm a Californian, currently living in the foothills of southern California with 5 cats, a dog, and in-and-out kids (I'm blessed with twins). I love live music, urban hikes, oceans, mountains, cities, and hearing from my readers. I hate repetition and routine, and that is reflected in what I choose to write. My books don't have a lot in common, except perhaps for smartass dialog, strong female characters, and stories told in the style of a mystery. My latest novel, NICA OF LOS ANGELES, is the first in a fantasy detective series.

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