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Title: Three Rules
Author: Marie Drake
Genre: Fiction - Suspense
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enticing cover, an intriguing table of contents, interesting chapter
headings, and when possible, eye-catching illustrations.
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flaws, and while they do not have to be likable, the reader does have
to be able to form a connection with them. The tone should be
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of view can make or break your story. In addition, excessive
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Overall Opinion: (5)
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official Readers’ Favorite review rating for your book.
Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite
The book is simply titled Three Rules, but the story that leads to the
formation of the rules is tragic, although the ending is not a tragedy.
That is how complex the plot woven by author Marie Drake, who tells a
fictional tale of her own personal suffering and life experiences. With
courage to talk about a closed-door subject and a will to break the
cycle of abuse, we follow main character Hope as she attends her
stepfather’s funeral. The opening sets the tone of a dreadful saga
where Hope’s past haunts her; she is plagued by horrific nightmares
and feels worthless, controlled and paranoid. Hope needs closure but
can’t get it and panic attacks ensue. The secret is disturbing and the
silence is soul crushing, yet the weight of the truth squelches her voice.
Nevertheless, despite all this, in the end the truth is set free. With the
help of her psychiatrist and the endearing love of a childhood friend,
Hope has promise for a fresh start free of the chains that had bound
The most powerful aspect of this book is the Three Rules: the harsh
reality that sexual abuse is often by someone known and trusted,
surviving violence only to be victimized another day is worse than
death, and that negative events can change who we are into a
monster. Those things are evident as Hope experiences them
firsthand. This is a well-crafted story where Marie Drake’s talent and
passion for writing comes through. It is inspiring that her memories of
pain and anger toward the abuser could be transformed into a positive
and entertaining creation. Marie Drake’s Three Rules is an unexpected
gem, devoid of graphic offense yet spine tingling enough to disturb.