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While attending the funeral of her abuser she still doesn’t feel safe. With feelings of being watched and an increasing feeling of being followed she wonders if it all just a trick of her mind.
Can unlocking the secrets of her memories help or lead to something more terrifying?
This is an intense story of emotional survival.
How do you ever come to terms with having your innocence taken away?
So many questions arise when reading this book.
As a Mother of 5 beautiful children I was sceptical about starting this book, I though it may have been too heart breaking, with credit to the author it is written in a delicate way designed to make the reader think rather than shock with graphic detail.
Hope is a character that I really felt for. I understood her struggle to develop personal relationships, I understood her reasoning behind not wanting to talk about her horrific past and this I attribute to the incredibly detailed writing by this author.
There are moments in this book where you begin to question your own opinion of certain characters, you begin to piece your own puzzles together by asking your own questions about Hope’s story.
This book is full of twists and strong characters that can carry the mysteries of this story.
It will tug at your heartstrings and make you think about the darker aspects of humanity.
I thoroughly enjoyed this remarkable story.
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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 cannot harm her again. The only doubt that she does have is that his body is not in the coffin as it was never recovered from his boat accident. Without his body, there is a fraction of her that wonders if he is still alive, and when she has moments of feeling that somebody is watching her, she instantly thinks it could be him.
There are a string of events that come to light early in the story that keep reminding Hope of her past and begin to create the mystery for the remainder of the story. One of the main questions you’ll be asking is whether or not Lucas is still alive?
Hope is having terrible nightmares about being chased by someone, and then when she is out she feels like someone is following her, watching her at times. This makes her question her own sanity – she may be paranoid, unless she does have a stalker, or maybe it really is Lucas? There are some brilliant twists in the story to keep the reader wondering and guessing.
The reader is aware of how Hope feels about Lucas’ death as it opens her mind up to those moments of abuse again. She puts on a brave face for her parents, to offer support and to keep her ordeals to herself. However, remaining strong and trying to forget is becoming increasingly difficult when she finds out that one of her childhood friends, Karen Bishop, is pregnant with Lucas’ child. Not only does it hurt to know that he had his hands on her, but it also creates some guilt within Hope that maybe if she had spoken about what had happened to her, then Karen wouldn’t have gotten herself into this situation.
As if dealing with all of this wasn’t enough, there is also the very lovely Joey Bishop to face. Joey is Karen’s brother who was always Hope’s best friend growing up. They did everything together during their childhood and he always had time for her. He was the only boy she ever felt close to. But, after what should have been Hope’s magical and memorable first kiss, her parents encouraged her and Joey to keep their distance after Lucas had seen their innocent moment and reported it back.
A few years on and the attraction is still clearly there. And yet, Hope struggles with her feelings. Anything physical is out of the question, leaving Joey believing that they are just friends. After certain events take place, Hope spends more time with Joey and this really brings them closer together on many levels. But every time she feels she can tell him, something prevents her from doing so. And, will he change his opinion of her if he knew her secret?
The further into the story we go the more Hope’s feelings and past are brought to the fore. Hope’s character is very strong, despite all that she has been through. She still feels like she can’t tell anyone and when her family notice something isn’t right they assume she is depressed (just as she tended to be when she was younger). She begins to feel trapped – she wants to tell Joey on many occasions (and sometimes her mum) but she just can’t face it. At this point the reader feels trapped with her – wanting to encourage her to speak and finally let it out, but at the same time realising it is a delicate subject for her. The fact that she is thinking about telling someone is a step in the right direction.
Three Rules is a work of fiction and yet based on the abuse suffered by the author, making it a very real read but written without lengthy graphic details – it is more focused on the state of mind, the emotions, as it is written with the intent to help others in similar situations. Marie Drake has written the story with so much care that it is a sensitive read but with some powerful heart-warming moments – two of which had me in tears.
This is a story of inner-strength, of coming through abuse and it’s effects, and then reaching the other side. It is a story of courage, will-power and love that carries it’s own message to all those in need – don’t push those feelings down, don’t ignore them. The power to speak to someone, anyone, can be all that you need to begin your journey to the light, where you can find security, love and be at peace with yourself and your loved ones.
A copy of Three Rules was provided by the author in return for an honest and fair review.
If you are being abused, get help. The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. The scariest things are not those that can kill you, but those you survive. The most horrible possibility is not what could happen to you, but what you could become.
Hope Wellman believes her terrifying past with its nightmares and real and present dangers ended with Lucas Wellman’s funeral service. The abuser who robbed her childhood of innocence is gone. She can finally begin a new, safe life. Or can she? Those she loves are being targeted…by a dead man?
When she learns the truth, will she heal? Or will mental illness overtake her?
Three Rules is a very good book with multiple plot twists and turns. I was horrified by the monstrous sexual abuse Hope suffered at the hands of a trusting family member. That this actually happens in real life and not just in books/movies is atrocious and unthinkable. I followed Hope's story throughout extremely closely with a very protective eye. I still feel for her. I am very happy to have read Three Wishes; I won't forget about this book for a very long time, if ever.
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