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Review: The Truth About Us by Dalene Flannigan
Friday January 20, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Smashwords
Copyright: 2011
Published: November 5, 2011
Pages: 204
Form: E-Book provided by Author
Author: Dalene Flannigan
Buy The Book: Book Depository | B&N

What happens when the past catches up to the present and the truth surfaces? Three women, roommates back in college, find their lives forever altered when one of them feels compelled to confess the secret sin of their past.

And whose truth is it?

‘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.

My Thoughts:

I was absolutely captivated by this book and found myself completely lost in the story.  The Truth About Us is the story of three college friends, Grace, Erica, and Jude, who are forever bound to each other because of a tragic secret they share.  But when Jude finds Jesus, she threatens to unravel all of their lives when she is compelled to confess her sins and tell the truth about what happened all those years ago.  Revealing the secret could mean serious consequences for them all, which prompts Erica and Grace to reunite to try to talk Jude out of her confession.

I love how Flannigan creates this story and weaves it together so each woman’s lives touches the others even though they really don’t talk anymore.  From the beginning the mystery about the secret grabs you and will break your heart once revealed.  When Erica and Jude decide to help Grace their lives are changed forever.  But what neither of them know is that each of them have kept bits and pieces of their own truth hidden from the other.

I can clearly see the evolution of Grace.  As a child and a young woman she did everything she could to become invisible, despite her awkwardness and her height.  But after a joking conversation with Erica and Jude, and experiencing the defining moment of her life, Grace shatters the shell and becomes a visible force in the world.  She produces and directs documentaries highlighting abuse and mistreatment toward women, with no regrets, and no apologies.

The kind and carefree Erica from college disappears, and is replaced with a cautious woman who withholds her truth from her husband and family.  And when she discovers her husband is having an affair, she tries to repair the damage by pretending it doesn’t exist.  She doesn’t want to face the reasons why her husband could be stepping out, and she is still not fully prepared to be completely transparent with her husband.  Jude threatening to tell encourages Erica to finally be truthful with her husband and he doesn’t take it well.  Erica’s husband would reach out to her, but then he’d pull back again, which I found confusing.  But I love how Flannigan relates Erica’s secrecy and her husband’s affair in such a way that each of them have no choice but to try and be understanding of each other.

Jude is the only character who didn’t change much to me.  In her youth she was abused and molested and in turn was the wild child of the group.  Jude was unstable, and flitted from one place and person to another.  And although she found Jesus, in Jude’s case it was only trading one unhealthy obsession for another.  I think when Jude initially found Jesus her intentions were good.  But it soon morphed into this driving need to lead others into salvation whether they wanted to or not.  She became quite indignant and self-righteous, and her crusade for truth became more about proving her superiority in Christ than the actual truth.

In The Truth About Us Dalene Flannigan shows us how one event can change our lives and stay with us forever.  She also shows us how one secret and our personal truth can touch the lives of our friends and family, even if they had nothing to do with it.  It’s interesting to see how this one defining moment shaped and governed the rest of their lives, and how it had far-reaching effects and consequences beyond that one night.  The Truth Aout Us was a smart, heartwarming, and honest story.  I recommend it to anyone who is into women’s literature or anyone who just wants to read a good book.

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16 Responses to “Review: The Truth About Us by Dalene Flannigan”

  1. I don’t think I would have been interested in this book based on the cover, but your review has really changed my mind. I do enjoy a good women’s fiction novel. This one sounds great. Wonderful review!

  2. Brenda says:

    This sounds like a book I might have to get my hands on…. I am always intrigued on how other writers weave the past with the present and your review sounds so enticing!

  3. If I had a penny for every a review made me want to pick up a book, I’d be a GAJILLIONAIRE! Oh my gosh, Jade, this book sounds so touching and sweet and totally heartbreaking. Even though you didn’t connect with Jude as much, the other characters go through so much and I LOVE that they have character growth!

    Such an awesome review, Jade! <3 I probably would've NEVER found this book on my own so thanks so much for putting it on my radar! 😉

  4. Great review! This sounds like such a powerful novel. Plus, I like when authors brilliantly weave together story lines. Yep, I’ll be adding this one to my TBR list. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  5. Lena says:

    Great review. Never heard of the book. I like the cover. It’s not overdone and it has a nice feel to it. Sounds great.

  6. This sounds like a touching read. I actually like the cover and its simplicity. Thanks for putting this one on my radar Jade.

  7. I’m really glad you liked it! I admit you definitely make me curious about it. I think it sounds like a really interesting read!

  8. Brie says:

    Oh! I have to read this book, it sound so intriguing and I love books that have a bit of an ensemble cast and you get to see their own individual stories and how they are all tangled in the present. Also the mystery is very appealing and now I’m curious to see what happened in the past? What did they do?