Friday, December 20, 2013

Three Rules by Marie Drake Review & Giveaway

Hope Wellman has a childhood full of horrific memories, a bone chilling recurring nightmare, and a persistent paranoid sense of being followed that she would rather keep repressed. Is evil reaching from beyond the grave to capture the tattered remnants of her soul once and for all, is it only a machination of her disturbed mind, or is there something happening more sinister than even she can imagine?

Attending the funeral of her abuser is the first step in putting her life back together. She struggles with the fact she never told anyone what happened to her, and that the grave they are mourning over is empty. She'd find it a lot easier to move on and believe in the future if he were in the box, ready to be covered with dirt. She fears the last thread of her sanity has snapped when she sees Lucas everywhere she turns, and can't escape a recurring nightmare. Is her tormentor alive, or is she imagining it? Is her dream triggered by past fears or is it a prediction of the future?

Three Rules reminded me briefly of Pretty Little Liars - wondering if the bad guy or girl was really dead.  Drake kept me guessing pretty much throughout this page-turning suspense, which is what I'm looking for in my reading.  I don't care for predictability very much.

 Hope has had a tragic life of abuse and wants to move past that part of her life by burying her abuser, but is he really dead? She sees him everywhere she turns and she fears she is losing her mind.  With flashbacks to the past, parallel to the present, the reader is given glimpses of a dark journey through different characters, yet with love and hope in the future.  The suspense builds through-out and I found the characters easy to relate to without Drake going into too much detail.  I was relieved that Drake used the correct prose to get her point across without tugging her reader through an emotional rollercoaster.  If you enjoy well-written suspense that will keep you up late turning the pages, then pick up Three Rules!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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