"You knew what happened, but you weren't slapped in the face with it. That is a skill that most writers don't have. They need that description to grab you and make you listen...and that is what makes Marie's writing style so much different than the normal NYT's Top selling authors and so much better." ~ Michelle, Goodreads reviewer
down !! " 5 Suspenseful Stars ~ Julie's Book Review Blog 1/30/2014
"'Three Rules' just crawls in under your skin and will take ahold of your imagination in a way you don't think is possible." 5 *s ~ Karen Matthews, Goodreads Reviewer
"Drake..seems to have a real knack for this intense, psychological thriller/mystery genre..believable characters and an unpredictable plot that was disturbing, yet strangely addictive." 5 *s ~ Stacy Decker, Goodreads Reviewer
"Marie Drake writes with such force and the perfect amount of descriptions that really paint the scene and you feel like you are in Hope's shoes." 4 *s ~ Claire, Goodreads Reviewer
From the Author
An important personal note - My book is not MIS Lit. I am an abuse survivor. It changed me. I closed myself off. It changed the way I saw myself, the way I thought others saw me, and my outlook on the whole world. It changed the way I let people treat me, and had a snowball effect on my life. I married an abusive man. I divorced an abusive man, but I finally broke the cycle. I struggled to write this book and express my own emotions as I felt the main character would feel. I didn't want to beat readers over the head with the abuse or give extreme details that would be too harsh. It was written with sincere respect and sensitivity for the reader while trying to convey the honest and realistic feelings of an abuse survivor. From the reviews I have received, I think I accomplished that goal. There are no gory detailed scenes. You won't be subjected to graphic abuse. Nobody wants to endure that.
Most of all, I wanted to express how important it is to encourage the discussion of abuse. In my book, as in my life, silence was the enemy.
Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but much of the thought processes, feelings and reactions are real.