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Two women, Elizabeth and Jen, separated by two hundred years, but inescapably connected. Will the echoes of the past be enough to save Jen as she begins to discover her truth?

In 1808 Elizabeth Cooper, found guilty as a thief, is sentenced to hang and thrown into prison, the convicted women with whom she shares her gloomy cell the only solace she will have until the day of
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Published March 1st 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published 2010)
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May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to put this one in my five-star category - not something I do often. I think this book captured a 'coming out' story that I was able to relate to better than any I've read so far. The emotions and experiences Jen had through her process were very believable to me in comparison to my own. That sudden and almost overwhelming realization when everything just sort of falls into place was captured quite nicely in the modern portion of the story.

The historical part of the book was pretty gri
Beth G.
In 2008, Jen is working as a costumed tour guide in a Victorian Nottingham gaol. Fresh out of an unsatisfying relationship and unsure about future career prospects, Jen feels most comfortable in the enclosed exercise yard, tucked away from the modern world. Her ease there is disturbed by some strange noises in the dark passageways, and a vision of one of the long-ago prisoners. On a trip to the library to research the name that pops into her head, she meets Owen. Her first date with him is prett ...more
Anne Goodwin
In her debut novel, Truths, Rebecca Buck has restricted herself to two narrative threads, contained within a common setting albeit separated by 200 years. Like Willie Beamiss in The Tell-Tale Heart, Elizabeth is held in a squalid prison cell for little more than the offence of powerlessness and poverty but she, unfortunately, is sentenced to hang via the ghoulish short-drop method, while her cellmates await deportation. Two centuries later, Jen is a costumed tour guide in the same prison, constr ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book so much. I've literally just finished and felt the need to write a review straight away. Months ago I put it in my to read pile and forgot about it...I am so glad now that I went back to it. The historical aspect of this book really drew me in, I love everything about the era in history the author explores.

There are two different stories intertwined together and I liked both for different reasons. The authors writing was so captivating I felt I was one of the women stuck in th
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It's beautifully written, telling two stories - one in the past, one in the present. The writer has an uncanny ability to make you feel you're really there! Recommend highly!
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story is very well written and calls on the author's own experiences of working in Nottingham (UK), but the tie in at the end between the modern day and the past seemed a little contrived.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done! Reminds me of Sarah Waters.
Elisa Rolle
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the historical aspect of this book the most. Good debut novel. The author joined us on episode 12 of Cocktail Hour to discuss Truths.
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Born in Nottingham, England, Rebecca’s life has taken a few twists and turns, including a spell working as a private tutor in eastern Slovenia, but now she is back in her homeland again and working in the education sector of the museum and heritage industry. She returned to England in 2010, around the time her first novel was published. Her second novel, Ghosts of Winter, was shortlisted for a Lam ...more
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