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on 1 July 2012
I love reading about wicked and damaged female characters. There's nothing quite as evil as a woman who rejects and mentally tortures her child over a number of years. The human desire to be nurtured and loved by the mother figure is deeply rooted inside our DNA, inside our soul, and in The Truth About Scarlet Rose, Julia Madeleine delves deep into the twisted psyche of damaged family relationships.

Holding all of this together is Julie Madeleine's supreme story-telling talent. The plot moves on at a pace and spans past and present events. Scarlet Rose, the self-indulgent egotistical mother was, in her youth, a stripper, an exotic dancer famed for her beauty and totally obsessed by her time in the limelight, exalting in the admiring and lascivious eyes of her audience. She holds several secrets that her daughter, Fiona, finally uncovers.

Facing up to the prospect of her father's funeral, Fiona, lost in a haze of drugs, stumbles around in her directionless world. A stripper since her mid teenage tears, Fiona clings to the hope that her mother will eventually show her the love that she craves and is unable to see the jealous and self-centred woman before her who uses Fiona for the money that she receives from her father.

Lots of twists and turns in the plot, the truth finally emerges about Fiona's family and the cause of her father's death is finally uncovered. Fiona's survival and will to live are tested to the limit as she tries to make sense of her past and future as she discovers and has to face the truth about her mother.

Don't miss out on this excellent tale by the impressive Julia Madeleine.
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on 30 December 2012
Really enjoyed this violent romp. Really, I think it was almost two novels in one, using the same characters in almost two different novels.
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