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3.7 out of 5 stars
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on 24 January 2011
Don't be put off by the first sentence in the flash-forward at the beginning: "The day I died it rained". Neither a ghost story nor a vampire tale, merely a narrative device as the first-person narrator dies (not a spoiler!) three-quarters way through the book and becomes an omniscient spirit to avoid a change of point of view.

I found it easy to become involved with the characters and their lives, and felt their utter despair. There is no way out for them. They cannot make something of themselves. Made me consider how many families in UK were in similar socio-economic situations, and wonder what could be done.

The books reminded me somewhat of The Secret Life of Bees but darker.

The version that I "bought" (free on Kindle at the time) had a Reading Club section at the end with points to ponder. This I found excellent too.

Worth reading, hard to put down, thought-provoking.
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on 24 January 2011
I couldn't put this book down and read it in a couple of sessions! Quite an emotional roller coaster of a read - that's for sure. I actually found it uplifting in the end despite the undoubted pain and hardship some of the characters endure. The characters have stayed with me, especially the young girl at the centre of the novel. Excellent read!
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on 6 November 2011
This really is a book that could one day become a classic. The characters are well developed and interesting, and the storyline is compelling. It'll have you laughing and crying, but most of all, you'll just want to keep on reading.
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on 23 May 2002
ROSEFLOWER CREEK could have been sappy & sentimental, instead this author's debut novel is an absorbing, fascinating glimpse of how a child looks at adults' behavior & the dangerous relationships we foster.
Until Lori Jean's grandmother dies, she had kept Lori Jean's universe safe. When her auntie & uncle move to their own home, Lori Jean's mother's new husband begins to make their lives ugly. So ugly that eventually, in a drunken rage, he does the unthinkable.
Why Lori Jean's mother lands in jail for murder makes for a satisfying read.
ROSEFLOWER CREEK could have been a dreadful read about another family destroyed by bad choices & domestic violence. It is, however, not so dreadful because J. L. Miles has crafted a fine mystery, told in the voice of a victim who is like no victim we've met before.
Well done!
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on 23 February 2011
I loved this book I found it both sad and uplifting and full of hope, even when there was none to be found. I know this is one I will read again and again and cannot recommend it enough. It will make you cry though.
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on 23 April 2009
After reading another Jackie Miles novel (Cold Rock River)I was looking forward to what Roseflower Creek may offer. However it's a bleak read from start to finish with some very low points centered around child pornography and physical abuse. What makes an author choose sodomy and extreme physical abuse graphically detailed as a sub text to excuse a lead character's cruelty? I was also surprised that this was her first novel and that the publisher's encouraged her to write another book. What a sad society we live in if this kind of fictional account is seen as interesting and/or entertaining.
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