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The Truth About Us

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  421 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
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 o
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published November 5th 2011 by Dalene Flannigan
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Literary  Chanteuse
Feb 25, 2012 Literary Chanteuse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-authors
A very powerful and emotionally charged story. I was moved by the honesty of these characters and lead by the story from page to page completely right from the beginning. The writing drew me right in. Another awesome book from a Canadian writer.
Catherine Coffman
Apr 01, 2012 Catherine Coffman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
I was pleasantly delighted to enjoy The Truth About Us as much as I did. The synopsis is pretty minimal, but definitely intriguing, and the book absolutely went above and beyond my expectations based on the blurb.

Grace, Jude, and Erica were friends in college, but have since moved on with their lives in very different ways. Except that they all carry a potentially devastating secret from their time as roommates. Erica has formed a life and a family, that is currently on a very rocky road. Grace
Dec 19, 2011 Books-treasureortrash rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, drama
Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

A horrendous, life changing event impacts three young college students. To protect themselves, they swear to keep it a secret. After graduation, they drift apart, each finding ways to escape their past. Twenty years later, one of the friends decides the truth must come out, but at what cost? This story examines each of their lives, how they have reconciled with the past and how revealing the truth will affect them.

The Truth About Us is Dalene Flannigan’s second novel
Great subject idea - three estranged college friends hold a deep dark secret. One finds it necessary to spill the beans based on some religious ideas she has learned in her recent past. This forces the three back together after 15 years, all of them having made very different lives for themselves and now have very little in common.
I liked the characters well enough - though Jude, I think, was supposed to arouse more anger and disgust in the reader and that she certainly did. I felt a little unc
Jan 20, 2012 Jadaloves rated it really liked it
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 E ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Nov 01, 2012 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing
What is it about the truth, or for that matter, the secrets, that seem to haunt us until we give in to the need to purge? Why is it we think we can cleanse ourselves if we reveal our secrets of the past, no matter the consequences to anyone else? Who gives us the right to make this decision?

“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.”

The author wrote a fast-paced book intertwining the past
Jun 14, 2015 Mich rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it. Couldn't get hooked.
Feb 05, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
The Truth About Us is a great read. About three friends who share a secret one they carry for many years and how that secret affects their lives.

Dalene writes with such great flow I am shocked that her book is only self published and some smart publisher hasn't snagged her book up. Her characters are well written and the story coming to a head when one no longer wants to keep but instead share their secret.

I enjoyed the book and recommend checking it out. A job well done by an author who's fut
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Oct 30, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
Grace, Jude and Erica were all high school friends and when we initially meet them they are all grown up and all have their own lives. The three women are extremely different and it doesn't take long to understand that something that happened many years ago has been a long and guarded secret between them all. As soon as I started reading this book I was drawn into the characters and found it compelling reading. Each woman seems to be going through their own issues and as the story progressed I f ...more
Mar 03, 2012 CJC rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, the characters were well done and it was a moving story. I had some laugh out loud moments at the absurdity of Jude's new found path but at the same time your heart is breaking for her. Erica and Grace felt very real so it was easy to relate to them.

Just an all around good book.
Nov 25, 2013 Barbara rated it did not like it
Couldn't deal with the preacher kissing her foot during a "foot washing" service. Quit reading. No stars.
Wow. I didn't expect any of this from this book. This meaning the depth of emotion, the way this book touched me, even when I didn't want it to or didn't expect it to. What was I expecting? A quick lighthearted story to pass some time between a few things I've been wanting to read. Surprise, surprise, this freebie had some depth!

Perhaps it was the age of the three women, but I really felt connected to them on a personal level. It was as if I could see a little bit of myself in each of them. Alth
Mar 22, 2012 Elaine rated it it was amazing
This is a great story with the author cleverly showing what can happen when legalistic Christianity sneaks in. Though this is not a Christian book, many bible verses are used in a way similar to some teachings. This in turn makes for a pastor who is a twisted church leader, and really, not what Christianity is suppose to be about.

Grace, Erica, and Jude, once roommates and friends take turns narrating individual chapters with each telling their own story. In college, Jude was the party girl. Gra
Aug 31, 2012 Olga rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I'll say this right now: I loved this book. From start to finish it kept me invested in the story and the characters' lives and when I knew it was nearing its conclusion I didn't want it to end. I even told a reader friend how good it was before finishing it, which I hardly ever do because as we all know there are no guarantees against things deteriorating and leaving you disappointed. Fortunately my praises were not dampened but rather reinforced by the last few chapters. I think I'm getting ah ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
May 16, 2012 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it really liked it
This story really focused on the 3 women, and how you felt about them really impacted how you felt about their stories.

Jude was not likable or sympathetic at all. She was obsessive, destructive and so overly zealous with her new religion that there was no room left for compassion. Her actions were extremely selfish, and I just plain didn't like her at all.

Erica was pitiful. Her life was a disaster, and not all of it was her fault. She really didn't knkow how to cope or deal with everything, whic
Feb 10, 2012 Naberius rated it really liked it
This isn't a very long book -- it's 204 pages. However, there's a lot in this story. There's the relationship between the three women -- their past relationship as roommates, and their present lives that are now intersecting. There's the issue of Erica and her husband and what's going to happen to their marriage. It's about keeping secrets, and how that can change people. There were parts that weren't easy to read ..... there are a few pretty ugly things in this book, but I felt they weren't blo ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, for-review
I enjoyed this novel. This novel was about three grown women whose paths crossed in college and they have gone on to live very different lives. They share a dangerous secret though, and one of them has more to lose than the others if that secret were to ever come to light.

This book was written in short chapters and we shift between the points of view of these three women. It was a very quick read and I very much enjoyed it. I was a little surprised by the resolution, but I was satisfied with it.
Feb 03, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-uni
Erica’s life seems to be falling apart when she catches her husband having an affair. But just as things are becoming difficult for her, she gets a call from her old friend Jude who drags the past back into Erica’s life. And all of a sudden Erica’s problems are much more dire than her marriage falling apart. Jude, a former party girl, has recently become a devout Christian and is trying to repent for all her sins. Unfortunately, she wishes to confess to her involvement in something that Erica ha ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
Grace, Jude and Erica - three women who share a secret; when Jude threatens to reveal that secret all three lives are affected. Grace narrates her own story and her chapters are alternated with those written from the point of view of the other two women. The book could have been very muddled and difficult to follow when you consider there are also flashbacks to fifteen years before, but I didn't find it muddled at all and had no difficulty following the story.

Whether you like the three main char
Jan 19, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
The Truth About Us is an astounding novel by Dalene Flannigan. It involves the intertwined lives of three women:

Grace - at 5'10" she has always been a tall woman. She has always felt that her thighs are too large. Her documentaries lead others to believe she's a lesbian or a Feminazi. In college she was quiet and introverted, rarely dating. So when Jason asks her to his place for dinner, she's thrilled. She drinks too much and can't remember anything about that night, yet hopes she didn't make a
Jan 01, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Well I can honesty say that this is probably the best self-published novel I’ve read to date. (Not that I’ve read many, but I think I’ve read enough to be sure of that much). I often find that when stories are up to scratch with self-published novels there are problems with editing, which is understandable as the author won’t have a whole team of editors and proofreaders behind them. I found few problems with editing with this book though, there were only a couple of times I thought something sh ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
The Truth About Us
Dalene Flannagan

Brief summary...

Three women...Grace, Erica and Jude...the unfolding mystery of an event that happened in college years ago. Chapters alternate among all three and their past and present stories.

My thoughts...

Addictive from the start...I love books that get more intense with each page. Each woman was uniquely different, each woman had major issues and each woman knew what happened and was invested big time in this drama.

Erica is a mom...trying to deal with her
Book Him Danno
his book surprised me, I guess I didn’t know what to expect and WOW…BANG…the author nailed a topic that is near and dear to everyone’s heart…..Secrets we keep. What secrets do you keep from those you love and those who tell you everything? Well this one is big and it has the power to destroy lives and those you love…would you tell someone then? What will it cost you if you do? You may never know until you tell that secret.

This is fasted paced and well written, I kept turning the pages until the
Lydia Laceby
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

Should every secret be told? Does the truth always come out? Does it set you free? What if its not your secret to tell? Can we ever really know everything about someone else? The Truth About Us is a fast paced and thought provoking read that raises many questions. It tackles a heavier and controversial subject matter and I was immediately intrigued by the mystery surrounding the three women and their pasts and how it impacts their futures.

Flannigan’s strength
Jan 17, 2012 Rubysbooks rated it really liked it
Originally published on my blog

I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading this book. I know I love a book when I want to reread it. And right now, I know this will be one of those re-readable books.

The book isn't just about growing up and about friendship. It's about choices and how those choices influence one's life forever, about the different sides of the truth and about how truth is depends on the personal view.

Three friends, three roommates, Grace, Jude and Erica, struggle w
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jan 24, 2012 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
This book covers a couple heavy topics including whether we should be chained to our former actions if we've made a change in our life, does friendship outweigh truth, and what happens when the truth isn't wanted. Grace, Erica, and Jude became friends in college. They all seem to come from very different backgrounds and for the most part after college, they all go their separate ways. A secret unites them and when one of the former friends threatens to reveal the secret in order to repent and ge ...more
Lauren Murphy
Aug 16, 2012 Lauren Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
I read the synopsis for The Truth About Us when the author approached me for a review and at first glance I thought it would be a contemporary women’s novel- light and easy to read. I was actually going to decline, but decided to have a quick look over other reviews and was instantly intrigued by the number of readers who were surprised by the depth of this story and how it didn’t turn out to be what they had expected. I’m glad I took the chance on this indie book! The Truth About Us, isn’t your ...more
Vasiliki Charalampopoulou
Apr 09, 2012 Vasiliki Charalampopoulou rated it really liked it
Originally Posted: here

I won this book in a giveaway which was great not just because, well, i won it in a giveaway, but also becasue if i hadn't i would probably never have read it. The main reason being that i mostly enjoy reading young adult and usually i find it hard to relate to characters that are older than me by sigificant amount of years. So i was a bit out of my waters here and i did't know what to expect, one thing's for sure, i did not expect to enjoy it this much.

The book was really
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it
Reviewed on Alexa Loves Books.

I actually read this because (a) it was about college roommates and (2) I wanted to find out what their shared secret was. What I didn’t expect was to be taken on a crazy, emotional journey alongside Grace, Erica and Jude.

The author told the story from three different viewpoints, thus allowing us a chance to see each individual motive, interpretation and solution. This was an effective tool in getting to know each character on a personal level, and I was able to und
Jan 15, 2015 Angel rated it it was amazing
I am so pleased with this book. It was very well written and I couldn't help but keep turning pages. The characters I was able to relate to instantly. The moral to the story?.....well, that depends on your perspective of life and faith. I recommend this to anyone who just wants to sit back and enjoy a well told story, a story that you could see yourself in because life deals us crazy circumstances and people.
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Dalene Flannigan,a Canadian writer, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

"For many years I thought my parents were teasing me when they said, "you were born in the rottenrow". But, turns out, I was born in the Rottenrow.
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."

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