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“I have learned three rules in my life: 1.) The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. 2.) The scariest things imaginable are not those that can kill you, but those you can live through. And probably the most prominent: 3.) The most horrible possibility is not what could happen to you, but what you
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Published July 2014 by Amazon Digital Services (first published April 1st 2013)
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angie
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books that skillfully handle sensitive topics and there are mysteries that pull things together and totally surprise the reader in the end; rarely are both of these books the same one as is Marie Drake's wonderful Three Rules.

Right from the start I was pulled in, though I was a bit worried about reading the book because of its subject matter. Marie Drake is an amazing writer and makes Hope Wellman someone the reader truly cares about, sympathizes with, admires, but never pities. The re
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Shana Festa
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book I groaned. Yep, I sat on my couch and let the sound come out and my husband poked his head around the corner to ask what was wrong. “It’s about a girl who was abused as a child”… as a mother, and the mother of a little girl, that always makes me cringe. I usually shy away from books that deal with any sort of abuse, but especially those where children are involved. Then I went and found the note from the author. I felt compelled at that point. She promised ...more
christine
Marie Drake tackled such a complicated and sensitive topic in the best way possible. Through this book, she conveyed the emotions of Hope Wellman perfectly, as well as her state of mind. Drake's style of writing was very eloquent at times, and sometimes it even sounded poetic. There are mysteries, doubts, fears, and even romance in Three Rules, all of which were composed with the utmost sense of elegance.

Hope was a very realistic character, so I could connect with her very well even though I ha
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Jason Moser
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense, fiction
Powerfully Suspenseful, Emotionally Charged Mystery

Three Rules by Marie Drake is an emotionally charged mystery that will truly touch your heart and challenge your mind. A fiction suspense thriller based on deep seated emotions, you can't help but feel the pain Hope Wellman is forced to contain inside of her for over eight years. The story shows how vulnerable and utterly horrifying a child's life can be when there is a member of the family who abuses that child in ways you can only imagine and
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Gerry Dee
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like to sleep at night. It makes everything go sooo much better the next day. That is why I generally avoid reading Gothic or Horror novels.

So normally after reading the prologue of "Three Rules" by Marie Drake and realizing that the heroine was a tortured soul haunted by the memories of abuse in her childhood, I would have put the book aside. Marie, however, had graciously provided me with this book so that I could review it. It hardly seems fair to abandon it so early. I checked the clock,
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Autumn
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book to give an honest review as part of a blog tour.
It was hard to rate this book I was so intrigued with the story line that I wanted to give it a full 5 rating but as it progressed I went from 4.5 to a solid 4.
My heart broke for Hope and what she had to go through during her childhood. And let me say this I am glad there was not any type of details as I do believe I would have been crying my eyes out.
I enjoyed the suspense within the story line, I enjoyed the love that Joey
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Ana
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow where do I start. The storyline was fantastic, I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would! The characters were amazing, Joey was my absolute favorite. The plot was some what unique. Not only that but the author did a good job with all the twist and turns. Throughout the whole book all you kept wondering was who did what, and is the bad guy really dead?. Almost everyone in the book had hidden secrets. I think the only one who didn't was Joey and Harvey. Lucas was a great character and s ...more
McGuffy Morris
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Wellman lived through a very difficult, traumatic childhood but she remains haunted by a recurrent nightmare. Hope feels she is constantly being watched, that someone or something is following her wherever she goes. She questions her sanity, unable to distinguish whether it is fear or imagination. She fears that it could be something far worse than even she can imagine.

Surviving the horrific abuse of her childhood, Hope has always held in the details of the evil she has lived through. Atten
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Wendy Hines
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Rules reminded me briefly of Pretty Little Liars - wondering if the bad guy or girl was really dead. Drake kept me guessing pretty much throughout this page-turning suspense, which is what I'm looking for in my reading. I don't care for predictability very much.

Hope has had a tragic life of abuse and wants to move past that part of her life by burying her abuser, but is he really dead? She sees him everywhere she turns and she fears she is losing her mind. With flashbacks to the past, par
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Cindy McDonald
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Wellman has a terrible secret: she was sexually abused by her uncle, Lucas. Like many children she has kept this buried deep inside, plagued with nightmares and anxiety and afraid to love or be loved. The author does a fabulous job of showing us (not telling us) Hope's idiosyncrasies: making sure that everything is perfect, smooth, in order--this is a very common display of children who are abused--it is the only control they have over their lives. Ms. Drake's writing is very fluid and she ...more
Christine
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I should start this review by saying that I was lucky to receive a free copy of this book though the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program.

After a childhood filled with abuse, emotionally fragile Hope Wellman tries to put the past behind her after attending the funeral of the man who abused her. However she is plagued by recurring nightmares and a sense of being followed and wonders if she is being paranoid or if more sinister things are happening.

Although this story is about abuse, it is hand
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Daphne
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a gift from the author. Three Rules is a compelling read about a young woman who still walks in the nightmare of her past but longs for mature love & normalcy. Aptly named Hope & a victim of sex abuse, she is on the road to discover what the truth really is. This is a powerful & emotional book without excessive graphics. It is easy to root & fear for Hope at the same time. Written with twists & turns, you walk the road with Hope out of the mystery, fear, & t ...more
Patty
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. Ms. Drake has a knack of using descriptive words on her characters (ie-artic blue to describe eyes etc) The subject matter of abuse is handled in a way that showed the fear of a child-the fear of the atrocious act itself, the fear of telling-who would take her word over an adults word. You feel her fear & pain. I highly recommend this book. I had a hard time putting it down so stayed up a few nights til I couldn't see any longer. Read thi ...more
Lisa Turnage
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. The main character, Hope, goes through so much in this book. This book keeps you on your toes and doesn't disappoint. It has some very surprising twist of events which I love. I like it when one minute you think oh this is going to happen or this person is the bad person.....only to find out you were wrong.

This is a must read book. Near the end of reading the book is a big surprise that I didn't see coming at all. I like a book that is hard to put down.
Kristin Stone
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The pain and guilt of abuse are all too real. Drake does an amazing job of expressing all the thoughts and emotions of a survivor, while adding the excitement of a truly thrilling mystery. Hope is a relatable character who has your wanting her to find healing and true love, as well as justice. It delves into the reality of what it means to go from being a victim to becoming a survivor.
David Gibbons
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing first book by a new author. Story takes you on a ride through the hardships that a young girl goes through trying to deal with the demons in her past. Tastefully done with plenty of detail to keep you wanting to know what is next. Characters are real and relatable. Well written suspenseful novel, that I would highly recommend.
Candice Ellis
Powerful

I enjoyed reading this book. I felt that the characters were very realistic and that the main character had a lot of turmoil to fight through to become victorious at the end. This book could be very inspirational for women that have gone through similar issues of abuse. A very well written and well told story.
Anna Stone
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished the book yet but I just wanted to say that this is a very good book. I recommend this to anyone who likes to read.
Ruth Meeks
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed this book very much. I really couldn't put the book down. A must read book!!!!
I look forward to reading more from this author.
Deanna Brown
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

I read this book in 3 days. it keeps you captiated from page 1. everyone has dark secrets they need to let go of.
Holly Newhouse
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a profound story
The author Marie Drake lives in a small town near Lake Ontario with her husband and children. She is an admirable and inspirational person being a foster parent takes a special kind of person and being a survivor of abuse, I have a feeling she has overcome and broken the cycle within her life and that in itself is extremely admirable. I too am a survivor of Domestic Violence that ended with my two year old twins and myself being shot and barely survived at the hands of my ex-husband and a surviv ...more
Kathy Cunningham
Marie Drake, author of THREE RULES, describes herself as “a survivor of abuse.” Her personal experiences and her eventual triumph over her abuser give her a unique insight into her novel’s central character. Twenty-year-old Hope Wellman has also been abused, by her step-father’s younger brother. Lucas Wellman began his abuse of Hope when she was a child, and her terror continued until his sudden death in a boating accident. This is where the novel begins – Lucas is dead and Hope is struggling to ...more
Caroline Barker
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Three Rules is an extremely powerful narrative and beautifully written, with a great deal of emotion running through it, that will reduce you to tears. Despite the dark subject matter of abuse, and the mystery of the storyline, it also holds one of the most romantic stories I have ever read!

Hope Wellman (20) having lived through sexual abuse as a young girl, by her step-uncle, Lucas, has never said a word about her ordeal to anyone. And now at Lucas’ funeral she feels an inner-relief that he can
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Patricia
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Note: I tried to write my review in a way that I wasn't giving away any details that might spoil the book for the Reader; so if you feel a little confused, read the book, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Three Rules is a wonderful, disheartening, yet poignant book of a young woman’s struggle to live life with the unbearable knowledge of being sexually abused as a child. She merely exists instead of living, troubled by reoccurring nightmares that haunt her like an apparition in the night
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Kathryn Svendsen
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
Hope Wellman narrates her present day story with flashbacks to her past that help to explain her feelings of anxiety and fear today. Hope was sexually abused as a child and this has caused her a myriad a problems as an adult. She has not told anyone of the abuse and therefore has not dealt with the problem and the resulting consequences. The perpetrator has not been brought to justice.

This book deals with a difficult subject. A few scenes deal with the actual sexual encounters but the events hav
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Sylvia Valevicius
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I had mixed feelings about this engaging, highly readable book.

The first section develops nicely. We meet the protagonist Hope, and learn of her background. To her credit, the author, Marie Drake, does not graphically exploit the abuse Hope suffers by describing it to the reader. She retains a dignity that serves both narrator and reader well. The implications suffice for our understanding.

Hope has an enviable warm relationship with her mother, and a sweet friendship with Joey. Once she establi
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Renee
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Three Rules begins with a funeral. Hope Wellington is standing over the grave of her uncle, Lucas Wellington. But there are no tears. There is no sadness. There is nothing but contempt. As she watches her family grieve, she tries to hide these feelings. Nobody would understand anyway.
As far back as Hope can remember, she was abused. Abused by the same person who's grave she stands beside. The same person these people are sobbing over. Of course, none of them know. She never told a soul. Even now
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Carmen Martin
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked by the author to take the time to read and review her work during her book review event. I wasn't sure I wanted to. I'm rather busy with work, and home life and selfishly didn't want to commit my time to getting wrapped up in a book tour. However, Ms. Drake then graciously offered me the book anyway, to read at my convenience with no pressure or expectations that I review it. I like to read, and have recently discovered Goodreads, which I like because I can just slap a set of stars o ...more
Anna del C. Dye
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Three Rules By Marie Drake is a book that deals with child abuse, in this case the author’s own abuse. The author has done an awesome job with this story. Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but many of the thought processes, feelings and reactions to the abuse are real. It is so hard to believe what humans are capable of doing to other humans, especially children in the name of...what?
There are so many forms of abuse in the world that it overwhelms me. Most
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Theresa Needham fehse
free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com

“I have learned three rules in my life: 1.) The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. 2.) The scariest things imaginable are not those that can kill you, but those you can live through. And probably the most prominent: 3.) The most horrible possibility is not what could happen to you, but what you could become – I became a killer.” ~Hope Wellman

Hope Wellman has been haunted for years by her years of abusive. Abuse t
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