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The Truth About Us [Kindle Edition]

Dalene Flannigan
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Book Description

"...strong opinions about this book. It's great for a book club - lots of discussion."
"This is fasted paced and well written, I kept turning the pages until the end."
"This book takes off and doesn't stop."
"Addictive from the start...I love books that get more intense with each page."
"The story is gripping and compelling. There is no gratuitous sex or violence, as
suggested by a couple of negative reviewers, who didn't read the book to
Three women, roommates back in college, find their lives forever altered when one of
them feels compelled to confess the secret. '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.

Editorial Reviews


"The thing that threw me about this book was the fact that it was nothing like I expected. It was a very emotional read in the sense that there are many shocking events that transpire, but the book was done with such empathy that it truly was fantastic to read."

"...vivid, revealing, and satisfying, making this a recommended novel... an intense story of entwined relationships and lives..."  Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dalene Flannigan (December 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00642CEB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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159 of 185 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of book April 4, 2012
By Basil
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I'm not disagreeing with the people who loved this novel, but since it is my own personal review, I will say that I couldn't finish it. I really wanted to like this, but things were just over the top for me. There was a lot of scripture quoting, but for me, it was a deliberate way to make the Bible and Christians look foolish. There was sex, alcohol,adultery, and some poor attempt at religion. I didn't read further, not caring what I missed. As I said, the people who loved this book would feel much differently, and maybe you would too. This is only my point of view.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you have any? Great story. March 19, 2012
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This book surprised me, I guess I didn't know what to expect and WOW...BANG...the author nailed a topic that is near and dear to everyone's heart.....Secrets we keep. What secrets do you keep from those you love and those who tell you everything? Well this one is big and it has the power to destroy lives and those you love...would you tell someone then? What will it cost you if you do? You may never know until you tell that secret.

This is fasted paced and well written, I kept turning the pages until the end. I've known people like the characters in this book and I think the author really hit the nail on the head with a few of them. Friendship is one thing, love is another and crazy is a completely different topic altogether. Put those three all in the mix and things happen. Good, bad or indifferent....things happen.

I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from this author. By the way I was surprised this was read like a well edited, professionally published work. 4 1/2 star it may not be for everyone...but it is a good read.
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123 of 153 people found the following review helpful
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Sorry, but I do not like books about violence toward women. Under the best of conditions, I would have found this book a hard read. However, combined with the negative portrayal of the Christian faith, I just hated it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read! January 24, 2012
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This book covers a couple heavy topics including whether we should be chained to our former actions if we've made a change in our life, does friendship outweigh truth, and what happens when the truth isn't wanted. Grace, Erica, and Jude became friends in college. They all seem to come from very different backgrounds and for the most part after college, they all go their separate ways. A secret unites them and when one of the former friends threatens to reveal the secret in order to repent and get it off her conscious, the whole thing threatens to fall apart.

I liked this book. There were a couple holes that I would have liked to see filled in. First, why does Jude's religious tranformation take place? It seems like such a massive change. Why does Jude seem so bent on doing something that could potentially ruin her, Erica, and Grace's lives after so many years? Was religion really the motive? What was the deal with Jude's pastor/spiritual leader and why was he so creepy? Why does what happens to Jude in the end happen? I think if these and other questions that I had were answered that it would have really helped.

That being said, it's a very interesting premise and the book and style of writing are very readable and very good. This is still a pretty good read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last August 7, 2012
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My first 5, I think, since I have been reluctant to compare a cheap read with the many classics of literature. But, as Pixel of Ink or other cheap offerings go, this book was nothing short of excellent.
The writing is first rate with excellently presented dialogue. Character development is also excellent as we can see the 3 central charcters as they were and thought as college-aged women, and in their current evolution to their late 30's.
The story is gripping and compelling. There is no gratuitous sex or violence, as suggested by a couple of negative reviewers, who didn't read the book to conclusion. It is more of a pschological drama, played out as a result of a "born again" evolution of one of the participants of a murder that occurred 16 years in the past. And while there is considerable internal scripture spouting by this character, it is not to further religion but is her paranoid way of supporting and directing her actions as she slips into pshychosis.
I thought it was very well done. I am not a relative or friend of the author, as I most often accuse 5 voters in the Pixel family of being
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Fast-Paced April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I can safely say that I didn't know what to expect when I began reading my copy of "The Truth About Us" by Darlene Flannigan. Erica, Grace, and Jude were roommates in college when something happened that would change their lives. Vowing to keep the truth a secret forever, Erica is shocked when Jude gets in touch with her sixteen years later to reveal that she is going to share the truth, with or without her old friends' support or blessing. Erica frantically attempts to get in touch with the elusive Grace, determined to warn her that her life as she knows it may come crashing down around her as soon as the secret is revealed.

"The Truth About Us" is compelling from the very first page. We meet Grace, who is the opposite of graceful as she will be the first to admit, and we find out that she is a documentary filmmaker who is not welcomed with open arms. She touches on subjects that most would rather not hear the truth about, such as violence against women. The story is told from alternating viewpoints, so we meet Erica, struggling to come to terms with the truth about her husband and about her marriage, and finally we meet Jude, who has been through so much in her short life and has "found the way to Jesus".

This story was certainly darker than I was expecting. Jude had a particularly rough upbringing and I believe that she was suffering from a mental illness as an adult, perhaps as a way to escape the demons of her childhood. Her story, her mannerisms and thoughts, is what disturbed me the most. Depicting Jude as a religious zealot was an interesting decision by the author. As a woman who is religious I did find the portrayal of Jesus and the church offensive at times but I chose to take it all in context as it related to the character of Jude.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
Very well-written. Interesting story and totally believable. And then there was the unexpected, small truth that brought it "home". A lesson well-presented.
Published 10 days ago by Joanne Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
A powerful story. I couldn't put it down! I'll be looking for more books from this author - tight writing and a deep insight into the human condition. Brava!
Published 14 days ago by D. Jordan Redhawk
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
This is definitely a page Turner. The plot is constantly changing to keep the reader guessing at every turn of the page.
Published 2 months ago by christy B
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This book was a very short read. The plot really didn't grab me. it was so-so.
Published 3 months ago by TOTY
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book
Fabulous book! Very well written. I selected it for our book club. Lots to talk about! The author gives an excellent portrayal of each character, allowing an In depth understanding... Read more
Published 4 months ago by lovetoexercise
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book. I enjoyed the story and liked the ...
This is a very good book. I enjoyed the story and liked the dynamic between the characters very much. This was my first Dalene Flannigan novel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Coffeegirl
2.0 out of 5 stars TOO SLOW
IT was a slow paced read, unfortunately it was dragging, I like the religious twist, but the suspense was not really captured either.
Published 8 months ago by jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This book is difficult to capture in a review. It is very different from anything I've read before. It is interesting and painful and mysterious and unnerving. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sheila B. Edney
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
This was a pretty good read, one that makes you want to pick up the book again and keep reading. Definitely looking for more by the author.
Published 9 months ago by HRH
4.0 out of 5 stars It was very different.
I found this book very different. I thought it was pretty dark, however I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I can't say that I liked it nor can I say I didn't. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Phyllis C. Pettay
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More 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.

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