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Lies a River Deep

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In the summer of 1962, at a high school graduation party, Bessie Day Hardy is brutally raped. Fifty years later, the consequences of that horrific night will transition into unforeseen events that will shatter her serene and uncomplicated life.
ebook, 244 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Chatter Creek Publishing (first published March 2nd 2012)
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Melinda
Jan 07, 2015 Melinda rated it liked it
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Cook transports the reader to the 1960’s complete with flawed mindset pertaining to women and rape. She vividly sets the turbulent times in great detail, thoughts, family and societal expectations, political and sexual tension of the era along with historical references of the period.

Rape is not an easy subject matter to approach, yet Cook gives us a rather complicated narrative involving this very touchy topic. The narrative is slow to start but its force is felt midway through with increased p
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Kathleen
Jan 07, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Lies A River Deep is an intriguing story about how an older woman deals with the lasting effects from an emotional trauma in her past that has suddenly resurfaced fifty years later.

In the summer of 1962, at a high school graduation party, Bessie Day Hardy is brutally raped. Fifty years later, Bessie is a widow in her late sixties living peacefully in Chanakya, New York, a picturesque small town in central New York along the Seneca river. Bessie's world is turned upside down when the emotional tr
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Stephanie
Dec 27, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
Bessie Day Hardy is a woman in her 60's living in a small, picturesque town along the Seneca river in central New York. Everything in Bessie's life seems to be going well at this point. She has friends, she is helpful, she's doing well financially. However, a tragic event from her past comes back to haunt her when truths are revealed to Bessie about her brutal rape that took place her during high school.

Well, I do like dual-time stories and Lies a River Deep jumps back and forth between the pre
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Infantina
Jan 05, 2015 Infantina rated it liked it
Usually, i wouldn’t have picked up a book that sounds all melancholy.When i first had a glance of Lies a river deep book blurb, i truly thought it would be a difficult read for me.It’s because i haven’t read that many novels that depicts this subject. But the novel didn’t exactly disappoint me

The novel started off in a slow place, then it began to gain momentum.I liked the way in which the words flow naturally throughout the novel. All the characters in the novel have powerful role to play.The l
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Lynda Dickson
Jan 02, 2015 Lynda Dickson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Bessie is a seventy-year-old widow living in Chaanakya, New York, with only her cat Spider for company. She devotes most of her time to Francine and her son Davy, who were abandoned by Richard a few years ago, leaving them destitute. The story in interspersed with flashbacks to when Bessie was a junior in high school, fifty years ago. Bessie was going out with Roland, and things were fine until Roland's brother Bart returned to town. Then a series of tragic events conspired to ruin the lives of ...more
R.C. Bean
Dec 28, 2014 R.C. Bean rated it liked it
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This book deals with emotional trauma from a "bracing up to revisit the past" angle. Bessie, a victim of a brutal rape deals with her demons from the past, when she was a beautiful teenager, the envy of many. Being raped left her shattered. Now, 60 years old, she encounters people from her past again. The river here plays an important role - an abstract form of deep, deadly and buried secrets. The support characters
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Reeca Elliott
Dec 23, 2014 Reeca Elliott rated it liked it
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The time period of the early 60's is a great setting. The neighborhoods and the people add so much to this tale. The relationships between the characters are complex and bind the story together.

This novel starts quite slowly, does pick up but not quick enough to suit me.
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