"...vivid, revealing, and satisfying, making this a recommended novel... an intense story of entwined relationships and lives..." Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
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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."
Dalene Flannigan, a Canadian writer, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
Her novels include, What Katie Read, The Truth About Us and The Gravity-Assist Technique.
Her full length plays include Rescuing Elephants - 2nd place winner of the 2012 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest and A Mournful Rustling - winner of the Playwrights of Spring New Play Award and finalist in the 2011 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 near beautiful Georgian Bay and is working on a new novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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 self-published...it read like a well edited, professionally published work. 4 1/2 star it may not be for everyone...but it is a good read.
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
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I finished this book in a day. Other than some errors in grammar and occasional misspellings, this book is one of the better books I've ready lately. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trista Citrowske
Does friendship outweigh truth, and what happens when the truth isn't wanted. Grace, Erica, and Jude became friends in college.Published 3 months ago by Barb
First off, this was a freebie (through Pixel of Ink of something) so my expectations were low going in. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emilie
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 7 months ago by Joanne Hudson
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 7 months ago by D. Jordan Redhawk
This is definitely a page Turner. The plot is constantly changing to keep the reader guessing at every turn of the page.Published 8 months ago by christy B
This book was a very short read. The plot really didn't grab me. it was so-so.Published 9 months ago by TOTY
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 morePublished 11 months ago by lovetoexercise
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 morePublished 11 months ago by Coffeegirl
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