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All the Truth

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One night can alter a life forever…
Emma Greene enjoys living in rural solitude with her husband and five-year-old daughter, Maggie, far away from her college students in Jackson, Virginia. But late one night, with her husband away and her daughter upstairs in bed, some of Emma’s students trespass on her property. The ensuing confrontation changes Emma and Maggie’s life fo...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley Trade (first published June 1st 2012)
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Tasha Justice Yorks
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Der Klappentext nimmt den Anfang vorweg: Im Haus der Professorin Emma geschieht ein grauenvolles Verbrechen - und deren fünfjährige Tochter Maggie ist Augenzeugin. Neun Jahre später scheint Maggie von ihrer Vergangenheit eingeholt zu werden: Ihre Alpträume kehren zurück und immer wieder auf's Neue blitzen kleine Erinnerungsstücke der grausamen Nacht in ihrem Bewusstsein auf. Dazu belastet sie das merkwürdige Verhältnis zu ihrer Mathematiklehrerin - ob diese mit den damaligen Geschehnissen etwas...more
When my friend sent me this book I was really excited to start on it (despite the fact that it took me a while to get around to it) and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. At the time of writing this review I’m waffling between 3 stars and 4 stars, so overall it was a great experience!

I liked having the three points of view in this story—Maggie, the daughter, who at five years old witnessed her mother kill a student in self-defense; Grace, who was one of the students there that night, and...more
Elas Büchertruhe
Eine harmlose Studentenparty endet mit einem Ausbruch von Gewalt im Haus der Dozentin Emma. Ihre kleine Tochter Maggie hat alles mit angesehen.
Neun Jahre später kommen die Erlebnisse von damals wieder hoch – und die alten Ängste erwachen erneut in Maggie. Was ist damals wirklich geschehen?

Meine Meinung:
Nach ihrem Debütroman „Ich weiß Du bist hier“, der mir gut gefiel, war ich nun überrascht wie ihr neuer Roman „Stimmen der Nacht“ sein würde.
Vom Klappentext her, hätte ich nun auf e...more
I was really excited to see Laura Brodie write another novel as I loved "The Widow's Season". While this book was good, I didn't like it as much as her other work.

The story is told from the perspective of three women: Emma, a former English professor whose life changes course drastically after an encounter with three of her students; Maggie, Emma's daughter-now a teenager but who at the age of 5 witnesses the what happened with her mom and the students; and finally, Grace Murdock, who is central...more
I wanted to like the book. The plot convinced me it would be a story I would like. Unfortunately my utter disdain and hatred for the character of Sandy/Grace ruined the book for me. I usually do not feel a dislike for a character has anything to do with whether I like the book or not, but unfortunately for this book that was too hard to overcome. The other characters were fine, the ploy was good, but the book altogether did not seem to pull all those things together enough for it to be an enjoya...more
Skye Griffith
Thoughtful and provocative insights about American values and culture as well as a good read.
Too much detail in parts of the book caused it to drag a little.
Sara Palacios
All The Truth by Laura Brodie follows Emma and Maggie Greene. The story starts off with Maggie away on break from teaching, living in rural solitude with her husband and Maggie, who is then only five years old. Late one night, an intruder trespasses and Maggie witnesses her mother do something that changes her life forever. The story then resumes nine years later, finding Maggie living with her now divorced father in the same rural town, entering her first year of high school and some things mak...more
Rabbit {run little Red Ridinghood}
Jul 03, 2012 Rabbit {run little Red Ridinghood} rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like YA and stories about trauma and the aftermath
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Beth Gordon
This book examines a crime that happened 10 years prior from the perspectives of three women and the crime's far-reaching after effects. I really liked the first 100 pages of this book. It was engaging, realistic, and the characters were very human. And then the train started going off the rails, so to speak. I felt frustrated about being endlessly teased about so many things - what precisely had happened that night, is Emma in prison?, why is Carver's perspective coming into the book? Other tha...more
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ALL THE TRUTH by Laura Brodie is an inspiring and intriguing suspense. Ms. Brodie tells the story of the aftermath of one dark night long ago on a five year old Maggie Green,and its consequences of that night. The nightmares,its repercussions on three women,guilt,family loyalty,faith,the bond between mothers and daughters,the angst of the violence wrought upon a young family,the challenges afterwards,redemption,healing,and forgiveness. Letting go of such violence is a struggle and a challenge fo...more
Verhaltene Spannung

Der erste Satz: „Emma hörte die Stimmen zum ersten Mal, als sie ihrer Tochter gerade liebevoll die Bettdecke über die Schultern zog.“

Das Äußere: Das broschierte Buch ist eine dtv Premium Ausgabe, was bedeutet, dass es erst einmal größer als normale Taschenbücher ist und von der Ausstattung her allein durch die doppelten Umschlagklappen hochwertiger wirkt. Solche Ausgaben sind schön, aber oft dafür bekannt, dass schon beim ersten Lesen die ersten „Leserillen“ im Buchrücken ersc...more
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In Laura Brodie’s Erzählung dreht sich alles um die eine Nacht, in der Studenten im angetrunkenen Zustand mehr als nur einen Schritt zu weit gehen, in der sich die Dozentin Emma Green in ihrem eigenen Haus nicht mehr sicher fühlt und in der die Kindheit ihrer Tochter Maggie von jetzt auf gleich beendet wird.

Es ist ein lauer Sommerabend, als die College Studenten Jacob, Kyle und Sandra sich auf den Heimweg von einer Studentenparty begeben und auf dem Grundstück ihrer Dozentin Emma Gree...more
"Stimmen in der Nacht" von Laura Brodie erzählt von einer Familientragödie, die zehn Jahre nach dem eigentlichen Ereignis langsam aufgearbeitet wird. Die spannende Leseprobe und auch das Cover mit dem etwas traurig wirkenden Kindergesicht überzeugten mich zunächst von diesem Buch. Am Ende bin ich aber leider nicht mehr ganz so überzeugt...

Inhalt: Die 5-jährige Maggie und ihre Mutter, die Collegeprofessorin Emma, sind allein in ihrem abgelegen stehenden Haus, als eines Abends drei Studenten in de...more
Maggie was just five years old when a tragic event took place. One that would tear her family apart. One evening several students were out partying near where Maggie lived. One moment, Maggie's mother was talking to the students and the next moment there was blood everywhere.

Maggie is a high school student now. She is trying to move on with her life but it it hard when the past keeps sticking around. During an incident at school, Maggie is forced to finally face her past.

I instantly fell for au...more
In einer lauen Sommernacht hört die Dozentin Emma die Stimmen dreier ihrer Studenten am Bach, der über ihr riesiges Grundstück fließt. Sie geht hinaus, um mit ihnen zu reden, doch später eskaliert die Situation im Haus. Maggie, Emmas kleine Tochter, hat die alles mit angesehen und die Bilder der Gewalt lassen sie nicht in Ruhe.

10 Jahre später kommt Maggie ihre neue Mathelehrerin, Mrs. Murdock, sehr seltsam vor. Sie sieht ihr nie ins Gesicht und Maggie hat das Gefühl, dass sie sie nicht leiden ka...more
Laura Kay Bolin

Emma Greene is an English University Professor living in rural Virginia with her husband and five year old daughter, Maggie. Late one evening three drunk students show-up on her property--her husband is out of town. Violence erupts and what young Maggie witnesses changes her whole life.

Years later, the seemingly adjusted Maggie begins waking from the childhood nightmares that once haunted her. When Maggie discoveries why her nightmares returned, she also...more
This was a Goodreads Giveaway.

All the Truth is a novel about truth and lies and the damage that lies can do. It begins with a horrific murder involving English Professor Emma and three students. It then follows the impact that night had on Emma's 5 year old daughter, Maggie.

Maggie then tells the story of the night and then the subsequent struggles of Maggie through flashbacks and therapy sessions, nine years on.15 year old Maggie was definitely my favourite character, well developed and balance...more

After reading a lot of high praise from fellow blogger's about Brodie's The Widow's Season, I knew that I wanted to read something by this author. For the most part I can honestly say that it was a good, solid book. I had some issues with how neat and tidy the ending was because getting to that ending was messy and filled with lies. I thought the pacing was excellent and that is what kept me turning the pages. I became vested in the characters lives and had to know how all the broken people woul...more
Paula Byra
Great book. It was on its way to 4 stars until the end. I feel like the story ran out of steam. Set in a small college town. An English professor who kills a student in self defense(?). Her 5 year old daughter witnesses this brutal scene and the fallout that ensues. Loved the strong female characters.
Shea Henning
It was an interesting book, and I was certainly surprised by the twist. However, I felt as if the book didn't go as deep as it could have. It felt like a promise unfulfilled. It definitely could have been better.
Nine years ago, English Professor Emma Greene was at her rural home with her five-year-old daughter while her husband was away. That night, she encounters a group of college students trespassing on their property. The ensuing confrontation changes her family forever.

Brodie writes a haunting story that is unveiled piece by piece as Maggie, the daughter who is now in high school, tries to get rid of the recurring nightmares she has of the event and attempts to understand what really happened that...more
This was good but not excellent, in the end. The ending, in particular, was kind of lackluster. The first chapter is spellbinding, and in fact I had to put the book away at the end of the first chapter because I couldn't bear to know what happened next. But the parts of the fallout of the shocking events that were of most interest to me - the immediate aftermath - didn't appear until well over halfway through the book. Several characters were under-developed, particularly both police officers -...more
Apr 21, 2014 Juli added it
good writing - did not like story
Crystal Mitton
This book was wonderful, the way the author wrote from both mother and daughter's view of the crime and how they felt about it made you feel for both people. They way she made Grace seem like a real person and not just a witness and liar makes you feel for her also. I love the way Emma ended things with Grace, making her confess the truth to media, but having the story go on to say if she did it or not would have been nice. All in all this was a good read for many ages!!
This book differs from my usual cup of tea (i.e more young adult and fantasy) but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Some may say it was bland or not exciting enough yet I enjoyed the struggles displayed and the silent doubts, guilt, and overall being unsure. I think the way the prologue was played out and then the way the rest of the story began with her daughters' voice was interesting. And I like the sense that it was resolved as best as something like this could be resolved.
This book has lots of surprises and everything is not as it appears. Just as the title suggest, it takes a while for "All the Truth" to come out, but in the meantime the damage is done and in a small Jackson town rumours are more believed than the truth.
I found it started a bit slow but then sped up to a good pace. Overall I found it a good read.
I liked it. The story keeps you wanting to know more until the very last page. And I was genuinely surprised by the twist that came halfway through. Here's a link to my blog post (no spoilers) and giveaway of my copy:
Jul 29, 2012 Terri added it
This was an easy read. I liked being in the dark during the first part of the book and then having all of the details filled in as I finished. I didn't feel a real attachment to any one character and felt kind of in the dark about some of the relationships. I wanted to know more.
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I was born in Columbus, Ohio, with the name Laura Ann Fairchild. My earliest memories come from Seattle, Washington, where my family lived in the Magnolia neighborhood near the Puget Sound. I loved the deep, rainy colors of Seattle; one of my dreams is to buy a summer house on the Olympic peninsula.

At age eight, my family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where I stayed through high school, spendi...more
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