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Two women, Elizabeth and Jen, separated by two hundred years, but inescapably connected. Will the echoes of the past be enough to save Jen as she begins to discover her truth?

In 1808 Elizabeth Cooper, found guilty as a thief, is sentenced to hang and thrown into prison, the convicted women with whom she shares her gloomy cell the only solace she will have until the day of
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Published March 18th 2010 by Bold Strokes Books, Inc (first published 2010)
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I'm going to put this one in my five-star category - not something I do often. I think this book captured a 'coming out' story that I was able to relate to better than any I've read so far. The emotions and experiences Jen had through her process were very believable to me in comparison to my own. That sudden and almost overwhelming realization when everything just sort of falls into place was captured quite nicely in the modern portion of the story.

The historical part of the book was pretty gri
Anne Goodwin
In her debut novel, Truths, Rebecca Buck has restricted herself to two narrative threads, contained within a common setting albeit separated by 200 years. Like Willie Beamiss in The Tell-Tale Heart, Elizabeth is held in a squalid prison cell for little more than the offence of powerlessness and poverty but she, unfortunately, is sentenced to hang via the ghoulish short-drop method, while her cellmates await deportation. Two centuries later, Jen is a costumed tour guide in the same prison, constr ...more
Beth G.
In 2008, Jen is working as a costumed tour guide in a Victorian Nottingham gaol. Fresh out of an unsatisfying relationship and unsure about future career prospects, Jen feels most comfortable in the enclosed exercise yard, tucked away from the modern world. Her ease there is disturbed by some strange noises in the dark passageways, and a vision of one of the long-ago prisoners. On a trip to the library to research the name that pops into her head, she meets Owen. Her first date with him is prett ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It's beautifully written, telling two stories - one in the past, one in the present. The writer has an uncanny ability to make you feel you're really there! Recommend highly!
I enjoyed the historical aspect of this book the most. Good debut novel. The author joined us on episode 12 of Cocktail Hour to discuss Truths.
The story is very well written and calls on the author's own experiences of working in Nottingham (UK), but the tie in at the end between the modern day and the past seemed a little contrived.
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