All the Truth
Jul 5, 2012
Author: Laura Brodie
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (July 3, 2012)
Emma Greene enjoys living in rural solitude with her husband and five-year-old daughter, Maggie, far away from her college students in Jackson, Virginia. But late one night, with her husband away and her daughter upstairs in bed, some of Emma’s students trespass on her property. The ensuing confrontation changes Emma and Maggie’s life forever.
Nine years later, still plagued by nightmares from that evening, Maggie is living with her father in the same small town, and entering her first year of high school. She develops problems in class when her math teacher, a strange and lonely woman, begins to exhibit an odd interest in her.
In order to let go of the past, Maggie begins to piece together all the truth of what happened that night—and discovers a story of anger, guilt, and redemption.
An interesting story where you think one event occurred and you become angry and hostile towards certain people..........and then you keep reading and find out that there are misconceptions, misleading thoughts, and even subterfuge in the storyline itself. All is most certainly NOT as it first seems.
A night of violence occurs when Maggie is a young girl. The violence occurs between her mother, Emma, and several collage age kids. Fast forward Nine years and Maggie is now a teenager who lives a fairly normal life, with the occasional horrific nightmare/flashback.
Enter into the story a teacher newly relocated to the district, one who looks vaguely familiar to Maggie, and who she likes not at all.
I don't want to say too much here as it would give away the surprises that start popping up as the story grows, but the main concentration is on three characters, Emma, Grace and Maggie, with the chapters flipping back and forth between all three - their current lives and the past events that bring them all together in the end.
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