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Skewered Halo

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Diane Newsome is the middle child born into a middle-class family. Her older sister, Brittany, has resented her existence from the moment she was born. Unbeknownst to their parents, Brittany convinces Diane that she was placed on the doorstep as an unwanted child, and she dare not make a wrong move or her place in the family will be in jeopardy. Years later, when Diane fin ...more
Mass Market Paperback, First, 230 pages
Published February 13th 2012 by Strategic Book Publishing
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Jun 06, 2012 Tana rated it really liked it
Skewered Halo by Brenda Youngerman

Skewered Halo is quite the story you get so caught up in this novel that you can hardly put it down. Brenda Youngerman has written a novel that is all I can say if full of family drama, suspense, mystery and its one of those books that you need to know what happened so you can’t put it down.

Diane Newsome has had quite the life, a childhood that her sister has made her feel like she never belonged, she was a piece of garbage she tormented her with these lies that
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A bad childhood, a horrible college experience, an accusation of being a murderer, a bad marriage, and then losing could one person be that ill-fated.

Diane Newsome was doomed the day she was born....her sister told her she was adopted and she better not cause any problems or her parents would put her out with the trash. So she wouldn't get in trouble, Diane kept to herself even in her home and didn't ask for anything from her parents. She just studied and kept out of sight. The
Kerry  sullivan
May 30, 2012 Kerry sullivan rated it really liked it
This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm as part of this book blog tour my stop is on 4 June with an expert and give-away

OK here's the thing I just finished this and I loved the story it was complex with out being confusing, it was thoughtful and a little bit scary and a lot sad. But over all a beautiful story of a women trying to live her life that seem just a lot cursed through no fault of her own. I devoured this book and was desperate to know what happened then it got to the end, and
Stephanie Ward
May 25, 2012 Stephanie Ward rated it liked it
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In her novel, Skewered Halo, author Brenda Youngerman allows the reader a look into the heart and soul of a woman whose past consistently haunts her. She has been told her entire life that she doesn't belong - that she is unloved; a piece of garbage. All this is being told to her by her older sister. Even after she has grown up and moved out of her parent's house, her emotional scars define her and she has to deal with several trying situations.

Youngerman's characters, especially Diane, are wri
May 29, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it did not like it
Dianne's childhood is shattered when her older sister Brittany whispers a terrible secret into her ear. At three, her sister tells her that she was left on their doorstep and wasn't really wanted. Dianne spends her life trying to please everyone and not be too conspicuous in order to stay in the family. When, at age eighteen, she discovers that this story was a lie, the consequences are life-changing.

This novel sounded as though it had possibilities, so I approached it with excitement. No offens
Aug 12, 2012 KyBunnies rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, blog-tour-book
I apologize in advance for this short review. I have been sick and just cannot get over this sinus infection that I have.

Wow! What a book. If you are looking for something that will pull at your heart, make you want to weep while reading the story and cheer for the main character then this is the book for you.

Diane is the main character in this book. The secondary main character is Gary who ends up being her husband. Diane and Gary have the perfect life on the outside looking in. However we all
Jan 16, 2016 LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Sibling Rivalry!

Brittany Montrose was the star of the family and when her sister Diane was born she was not about to give up that spotlight. From the time Diane was a toddler Brittany told her she was no better than garbage, that they weren't really sisters, that her real parents dumped her the doorstep and her parents only agreed to take care of her as long as she behaved and never made any trouble. She told Diane that if wasn't careful they would throw her out with the trash. She even called D
Ruth Hill
Jun 02, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What a book! When I began reading this book, I knew very little about it except that the author was generally a good author. I figured it would be an acceptable, normal, contemporary book. Little did I know that it would be a book that would so capture my attention that I laid other books aside so I could finish it. Deadlines were not important--I had to finish this book!

I am one who loves mysteries, and this one can certainly be put in that category. But it went beyond that. It was a thriller w
Deborah (LoveToReadRomance)
This book was very well written but not really my cup of tea. I found that there was just too many things happening to Diane for it all to be believable. Having raised children of my own I don't see how the parents in this story could have been so blind to what was going on because for all intents and purposes they seemed normal about everything else except Diane.
I was kind of surprised when the book ended, I was thinking I must have missed some pages.
If you like women's fiction you will like
Jun 15, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
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Brenda Youngerman's Skewered Halo is a convoluted tale of death, deceit and betrayal. Diane Newsome's dysfunctional childhood and family haunts her as she moves through adolescence, college and marriage. Is there any way for Diane to escape her tragic past?

Growing up overshadowed by her attention-seeking sister Brittany, Diane Newsome is easily overlooked by her parents. Following her shocking revelation of the lies told to her by
May 23, 2012 Ana rated it it was amazing
Always having been hated by her older sister, Diane decides to leave and go to St, Morays to study literature. When she gets there she meets Lila her bubbly, yet annoying roommate who she instantly becomes friends with. But Lila isn't who she says she is, after a final the school finds out that Cassandra, another student from St, Morays has disappeared and the only one who last saw her was Lila. Weird things start happening and when someone else disappears all the clues point to Diane. Years go ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it
Wow...Just wow. When I first saw the cover of this novel, I perhaps expected a sibling type rivalry story, then I read the synopsis, then the story. It literally blew me away and now I'm back saying that this is a sister relationship, if you can call it that, one that I will not forget. There were definitely twists in this story, and to me there seemed liked abrupt stops by the end of some chapters, but as the story progressed, I see how it benefits the story. This is a story that takes place th ...more
Kerry-Ann McDade
Nov 03, 2012 Kerry-Ann McDade rated it liked it
Brenda Youngerman has wrote such an amazing novel with page hooking characters. Diane can do no right in her mothers eyes as well as having a sister, - Brittany- hating her every move. Diane decides to move away but is this her happily ever after? Or are things to good to be true? Find out all the answers in Skewed Halo!
Skewed Halo is a novel which I think should go to the very top of your TBR list (NOW) as it is an utterly gripping and unforgettable read! Diane is a character which you will fee
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This was a wild ride read full of unbelievable drama and horrorific events. All I can say is poor Diane. Everything bad that could possibly happen to someone seems to happen to her. For no apparent reason. But is there a reason behind it?

I couldn't believe how deranged Brittany was. Who could hate that strongly, that young? Who convinces their younger sibling that they are unwanted? And what parents allow that, never noticing that one child has blended into the background so thoroughly?

Jun 18, 2012 Annabel rated it it was amazing
Lately I find myself reading books outside of my comfort zone, the story of this book spoke to meand that made me want to read it. first of all let me tell you that I really liked the writing style of this book, it was easy to read because of this.
I found the story very entertaining and I had a hard time putting the book down. I loved the whole mystery and throughout the book I tried to solve the case myself. I was a little bit surprised with the ending, it ended so suddenly.
I’m glad I decided
Dina Rae
Apr 27, 2013 Dina Rae rated it it was amazing
A Soapy Mystery
Already a fan of Ms. Youngerman and was excited to read Skewered Angel. The book is about a woman who is mentally/verbally abused by her sisters and mother and tries to find herself during college. Her college roommate, police, and other happenings get in the way of having a normal life. She eventually finds a husband with lots of foreshadowing how he is not Prince Charming. Despite all of the lemons Diane is given, she still remains hopeful. The ending is abrupt as if the author
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Brenda Youngerman is a single mother who raised her 3 children in southern California. She has first hand knowledge of what emotional trauma can do to a family as she was the product of a broken home.

I was the youngest member in a very large family and always felt like I was on the outside looking in. That is not an enviable position as a child but a perfect position to be as an author. I write "F
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