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Scarlet Rose (Scarlet Rose #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
When a wealthy Toronto business man is found tortured and murdered in a hotel room, his 22 year old stepdaughter, Fiona Dalton, must help police find the killer. Forced at the age of 16 into the adult entertainment industry by her own mother, Scarlet Rose, a washed-up alcoholic burlesque queen from the 1960s, Fiona navigates her way through the dark recesses of her family' ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Black Heart Books (first published April 23rd 2008)
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3.5 stars

Sick, twisted and darkly entertaining.

Sylvia Dalton is a washed up, conniving, bitter crone fixated on her past as dancer and stripper, Scarlet Rose. A more loathesome, vile creature I'm yet to read about but Julia Madeleine's ability to vividly portray Sylvia's warped psyche made for page turning reading. I couldn't wait for Sylvia to get what was coming to her but I kept turning the pages in morbid fascination.

Fiona, the daughter Sylvia forced into the adult entertainment industry at
Apr 15, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again the story-telling talent of Julia Madeleine shines through with vividness and suspense-filled clarity.

The Truth About Scarlet Rose is a story of a woman with little to no morals. She has treated her children horribly, focused all attention and need on herself and now that her kids are grown, she fills them with guilt because it was their fault that her life is nothing. Scarlet is no better than a monster, in my opinion.

Fiona, Scarlet's oldest daughter, has been forced into the life o
Apr 27, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Truth About Scarlet Rose is a story about a once beautiful burlesque stripper, who has a dark psyche, deep hidden secrets and a penchant for getting what she wants at all costs. The reader first meets Sylvia Dalton, aka Scarlet Rose in the prequel Scarlet Sins. In the prequel, Sylvia Dalton is a beautiful Montreal born girl, who has had a hard life and was desperate to escape from her very dysfunctional family. At sixteen years old, she devised a plan to get pregnant by her boyfriend, and sh ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
For those who enjoy murder, mayhem, and suspense, they will find this book appealing. Personally, I did not enjoy the book. I have discovered this is not a genre I enjoy. I trudged through it because I wanted to be fair in my assessment of the book, as well my curiosity needed to be assuaged. I had to see if the villain was caught and if there was a happy ever after ending. The challenge with reading on a Kindle, it is not as easy to “flip” to the last page as it is with an actual book. I enjoy ...more
Dana Burgess
May 13, 2012 Dana Burgess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book to finish reading on Mother's Day: a day when we venerate mother's and their many virtues. As a mother, Scarlet Rose (aka Sylvia) doesn't really have any virtues. In fact on pg 205, Scarlet's daughter Suzanne describes her mother perfectly as "the Cruella de Vil of mothers." She forces her eldest daughter, Fiona onto the stage as a 'dancer' at the age of 16 to support her addictions, and basically allows all manner of evil to befall all of her kids without a thought. ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Sandie rated it liked it
In her day, Sylvia had it all. Men adored her and flocked to see her dance. She was a stripper known as Scarlet Rose and she basked in the admiration. After all, it was no more than her due; she was made to be rich and adored.

But life doesn't always turn out the way a young girl dreams of. Now, Sylvia is middle-aged, fat and dumpy, living on handouts from her daughter, Fiona. She was dragged down by motherhood, kept from what she knew was her rightful place by the demands of three kids. Now that
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jun 20, 2008 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I really enjoyed this black, bleak little debut novel. There are no spoilers in the review that follows.

Julia Madeleine has assembled an interesting cast of needy characters in a suitably dark setting. Enter the world of Fiona Dalton: where child becomes parent; where manipulation is currency; where nothing is quite what it seems and no-one is really who (or what) they appear to be.
One thing is certain: Fiona’s stepfather Charlie has been murdered. While who murdered him may seem clear early on
Benoit Lelievre
Jun 14, 2012 Benoit Lelievre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The scope and the ambition of THE TRUTH ABOUT SCARLET ROSE are remarkable. It's a family story, a women story like you will not find many. Sylvia, also known as Scarlet Rose is a character that will follow you like a bad dream long after you will read the last words of the book. I'm not gonna lie, it could have been a little leaner, but to its merit, THE TRUTH ABOUT SCARLET ROSE is a novel that doesn't compromise. It's a thriller/drama/family drama that dares you to take it or leave it. I loved ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Mini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an email update from goodreads that had a review of this book. I liked the premise so I downloaded it. I have to say, finding these gems are one of my favorite things about the Kindle.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were likable, even the "bad guys". And while there was quite a bit of dysfunctional living, it didn't make me cringe. Sometimes when reading about drug abuse and child abuse, I just can't take it. But this author hit my sweet spot.

I also downloaded the
Rory Costello
Jun 13, 2013 Rory Costello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to think of this as "Baby Jane Hudson meets Tom Ripley." Sylvia Dalton is one of the most entertaining monsters I've encountered in quite a while. The vituperation she heaps on her family members is horrifying and funny at the same time. What a harpy! Then she shifts into a different gear for the book's second half, which is reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's work. And the whole thing winds up with a hell of a twist.
Lynnette Phillips
May 07, 2012 Lynnette Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia Madeleine has become the psychological thriller mistress of dark secrets and twisted psyche. Once again she shares her talent for sculpting tangled plots and complex characters as she reveals the truth in this irresistible tome.
Lynn Bornath
Well-defined characters, a good sense of place, and a couple of surprises in the story. Read the full review.
Kimmi Bailey
Jun 16, 2012 Kimmi Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I so loved this book...the only thing I wished could have been different was the ending...but other then that the book was a wonderful read...
Aug 06, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This books grabs on and doesn't let go. It's fast paced and hard to put down. I was surprised over and over. Great read!
Apr 16, 2013 Sara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I think it is about a merchant that have three beautiful daughers
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Julia Madeleine is a Canadian thriller writer, artist, and entrepreneur from the Toronto area who co-owns a tattoo studio. She is the mother of one awesome twenty-year-old daughter, also a tattoo artist.

The majority of Julia's story ideas come from dreams and the occasional nightmare; character's conjured from her dark imagination that wake her from sleep and force her to write about them in the n
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