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Quoted from Three Rules:“I have learned three rules in my life: 1.) The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. 2.) The scariest things imaginable are not those that can kill you, but those you can live through. And probably the most prominent: 3.) The most horrible possibility is not what could happen to you, but what you could become – I became a kilQuoted from Three Rules:“I have learned three rules in my life: 1.) The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. 2.) The scariest things imaginable are not those that can kill you, but those you can live through. And probably the most prominent: 3.) The most horrible possibility is not what could happen to you, but what you could become – I became a killer.” ~Hope Wellman Brief Description:Hope Wellman has a childhood full of horrific memories, a bone chilling recurring nightmare, and a persistent paranoid sense of being followed that she would rather keep repressed. Is evil reaching from beyond the grave to capture the tattered remnants of her soul once and for all, is it only a machination of her disturbed mind, or is there something happening more sinister than even she can imagine? Attending the funeral of her abuser is the first step in putting her life back together as she is about to turn twenty-one. She struggles with the fact she never told anyone what happened to her, and that the grave they are mourning over is empty. She'd find it a lot easier to move on and believe in the future if he were in the box, ready to be covered with dirt. She fears the last thread of her sanity has snapped when she sees Lucas everywhere she turns, and can't escape a recurring nightmare. Is her tormentor alive, or is she imagining it? Is her dream triggered by past fears or is it a prediction of the future?From the Author: I am a survivor of abuse. It changed me. I closed myself off. It changed the way I saw myself. It changed the way I thought others saw me. It changed my outlook on the whole world. It changed the way I let people treat me, and had a snowball effect on my life. I married an abusive man. I divorced an abusive man. I finally broke the cycle. Most of all, I wanted to express how important it is to encourage the discussion of abuse. In my book, as in my life, silence is the enemy. Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but, much of the thought processes, feelings and reactions are real. However, there are no gory detailed scenes. It was written with sincere respect and sensitivity for the reader while trying to convey the honest and realistic feelings of an abuse survivor. ~ Marie...

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Three Rules Reviews

  • angie
    2019-04-03 00:41

    There are books that skillfully handle sensitive topics and there are mysteries that pull things together and totally surprise the reader in the end; rarely are both of these books the same one as is Marie Drake's wonderful Three Rules.Right from the start I was pulled in, though I was a bit worried about reading the book because of its subject matter. Marie Drake is an amazing writer and makes Hope Wellman someone the reader truly cares about, sympathizes with, admires, but never pities. The reader probably has more faith in Hope than she does herself. Her horrific past has left Hope with lots of doubts and fears, but she is much more mature and ready to handle them than she gives herself credit for in her life.Besides being a talented writer who makes every page one to turn quickly, Marie Drake also creates fully fleshed out secondary characters and manages to make a highly suspenseful read remain a believable one. What could have been a big problem (having to wrap up many loose threads at the end without making it seem like everything but the kitchen sink had been thrown in) became something even the most jaded mystery reader would not see coming. I look forward to more fiction from Marie Drake. Deep, well-thought out page turners are hard to come by these days. Three Rules is not only a very sincere and touching read (I love the deep friendship Joey and Hope share) it is an unforgettable one as well.

  • Shana Festa
    2019-04-05 18:40

    When I first started reading this book I groaned. Yep, I sat on my couch and let the sound come out and my husband poked his head around the corner to ask what was wrong. “It’s about a girl who was abused as a child”… as a mother, and the mother of a little girl, that always makes me cringe. I usually shy away from books that deal with any sort of abuse, but especially those where children are involved. Then I went and found the note from the author. I felt compelled at that point. She promised that no gory details were included and she held true to that promise. All of the main characters are well developed. I’m not sure that I was a big fan of Hope at the beginning. And I know that my initial dislike of her had more to do with not being able to understand where she was coming from. Sometimes we just get that whole “get over it and move on” attitude when we are faced with other people’s demons. I fell into that trap, but the more I got to know her, the more I came to like her and feel her pain. The character was developed in such a way that you want to help her instead of pity her. We are given details of her abuse through a series of flashbacks. In a lot of books this type of story development can get confusing, but the author does a fantastic job of separating the past from the present, but melds it together to keep the story flowing. What we learn of Lucas is all from the flashbacks; and there are subtle clues given in each of these flashbacks that upon first reading you might just miss. There were several scenes I went back and reread because I realized a chapter or so down the road that what I needed to know was there the whole time.Joey is amazing. He’s been Hope’s friend since they were children and is at the point where he refuses to let her retreat back into her shell. He provides the right amount of support without being pushy. Probably the only character that I never really connected to was Karen, Joey’s sister. I wasn’t real thrilled with her deception but, it was a necessary part of the story development. Joey and Karen’s parents played a large role, even though it was kind of behind the scenes. They were responsible for a lot of the relationships that were formed in this book. Not in a bad way, but you have to read it to find out what I mean. My only criticism is the ending. Not that I didn’t like it… it just felt rushed. It was like we hit a scene and then BAM… everything was moving in fast motion. Rushing to get it out and get it over with. There were some chapters that gave us a whole lot more development over something that wasn’t as truly necessary to the plot (albeit still very enjoyable and didn’t in any way detract from the story) and here it was like everything was just thrown out there and we could do with it as we pleased. All the information was there, that A-HA moment was there; but it wasn’t nearly as dramatic as it could have been. Otherwise this book was flawless. I look forward to reading more by this author. I was riveted by the first chapter and didn’t put it down until I was done. Hopefully the future holds more great books from her!Visit to read the entire review by Desiree Putaski, member of The Bookie Monster Team

  • Valenchia Hershberger
    2019-04-03 20:55

    I was a little hesitant to start reading this book, as I, too was a victim of childhood sexual abuse. In fact, it took a couple tries to get into it. Once I did, however, I couldn't put it down. Ms. Drake is very subtle when it comes to the actual description of the abuse; the reader knows what is going on, but it is not graphic or mind-jarring, which I appreciated.Follow along with Hope Wellman as she struggles to maintain a "normal" existence, despite the nightmares and the feelings of being followed. What is worse is that the person she believes is following her is supposed to be dead. They buried him...she was at his funeral! Of course, he was lost at sea and there was no body, but he couldn't be alive, could he?Is her abuser alive? And is it the person she thought it was? You will be shocked at the bone-chilling ending...this was one I didn't see coming!

  • christine
    2019-04-17 23:52

    Marie Drake tackled such a complicated and sensitive topic in the best way possible. Through this book, she conveyed the emotions of Hope Wellman perfectly, as well as her state of mind. Drake's style of writing was very eloquent at times, and sometimes it even sounded poetic. There are mysteries, doubts, fears, and even romance in Three Rules, all of which were composed with the utmost sense of elegance. Hope was a very realistic character, so I could connect with her very well even though I had basically nothing in common. She went through very realistic character development, and it was extremely interesting to see her change over the course of the book. In the beginning, she was nervous and erratic, completely normal for having been subjected to sexual abuse by her very own uncle (Lucas) since a young age.Now that Lucas is dead (or is he? The grave is empty, and Hope feels like she's still being followed), she doesn't know how to deal with all the pent-up emotions and conflicts that have been plaguing her. Drake does a wonderful job to portray her behavior without telling the reader completely what is happening. Her writing is very continuous and smooth, going from one subject matter to another without any awkward filler sentences or unneeded conversations. Everything is there for a meaning, which I finally realized later on after a huge plot twist.Apart from that, I also loved the relationship between Joey and Hope. There was so much chemistry, and midst all the chaos that was in her head and all the mysteries surrounding Lucas's death, it was something I could rely on to convey a sense of calm in the book. Joey was an adorable character, always caring for Hope even though he didn't know what was going on inside her. He dealt with her inner turmoil in a very accepting way, and a big part of Hope's development as a character was due to him.Marie Drake created realistic characters with problems that encouraged the plot, even if they weren't the main focus of the novel. The book started off as a simple book about a girl with realistic issues and problems, and turned into a complicated story about betrayal, mystery, and strong emotions. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to read.

  • Gerry Dee
    2019-04-05 21:49

    I like to sleep at night. It makes everything go sooo much better the next day. That is why I generally avoid reading Gothic or Horror novels. So normally after reading the prologue of "Three Rules" by Marie Drake and realizing that the heroine was a tortured soul haunted by the memories of abuse in her childhood, I would have put the book aside. Marie, however, had graciously provided me with this book so that I could review it. It hardly seems fair to abandon it so early. I checked the clock, 2:38 PM, and decided to try a few more pages as I could put it down any time and still have enough time to relax and avoid a sleepless night. HA! By the end of chapter one I am captivated by the characters and am surprised that the running first person narrative describing the thoughts of the heroine feel insightful and honest. The story line has gripped my interest. I read on and finish in one sitting. This is not an easy, feel good read. The subject of childhood sexual abuse and the consequences as they are revealed in family dynamics and personal pain is a difficult. The overlying mood is dark and frightening just as Grace's life is. The plot, while well paced and engaging, is just plain eerie. This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a novel that will capture your imagination and stay with you a long while. The last discussion question at the end of the story is: Would you recommend this book to a friend? My answer is that I can not recommend it without adding a warning. BEWARE! This story may force you out of your protective she'll and make you actually think. And there is a twist at the end that is worth the wait.

  • Autumn
    2019-04-09 23:49

    I received this book to give an honest review as part of a blog tour.It was hard to rate this book I was so intrigued with the story line that I wanted to give it a full 5 rating but as it progressed I went from 4.5 to a solid 4. My heart broke for Hope and what she had to go through during her childhood. And let me say this I am glad there was not any type of details as I do believe I would have been crying my eyes out. I enjoyed the suspense within the story line, I enjoyed the love that Joey had for Hope even though it took them years to bring it to light. The author did a good job with writing about the child abuse and making it to where she was sensitive to the readers. There was plenty of twist and turns and made me wonder is the dead man really dead? And will Hope's secret ever get out? You do go back and forth from the present to the past but it is not where you would be confused. What made me drop my rating is how Hope seemed to handle some of the situations. The way that she did act sometimes I just couldn't really see it happening that way. Also when she found out the truth of her past I didn't get how she didn't know who this person was. I could understand her blocking it out but how come she didn't just know that it was this person. They didn't seem to be a like in any way but I could be wrong about that.If you are looking for a good read one that will keep you wondering on what is truly going on then give this book a try.

  • Ana
    2019-04-17 18:44

    Holy cow where do I start. The storyline was fantastic, I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would! The characters were amazing, Joey was my absolute favorite. The plot was some what unique. Not only that but the author did a good job with all the twist and turns. Throughout the whole book all you kept wondering was who did what, and is the bad guy really dead?. Almost everyone in the book had hidden secrets. I think the only one who didn't was Joey and Harvey. Lucas was a great character and so was Luther. Hope was so brave she wasn't going to let anyone hurt her ever again she fought for her life. The relationship between her and Joey was well written, it never got to the point where it was to fast I thought it was done slowly to the point where you could fall in love and get to know the two main characters. Honestly their friendship bloomed into something so beautiful and unexplainable. There was tons of Drama, action, and romance. But in a way I felt like Hope and Joeys' romance needs more spark.. Other then that I loved this book. It was just what I needed. In the end I kind of wished there were more pages so I could continue reading but there wasn't. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.... Oh how I wish Joey wasn't a fictional character. ;)

  • McGuffy Morris
    2019-03-23 18:54

    Hope Wellman lived through a very difficult, traumatic childhood but she remains haunted by a recurrent nightmare. Hope feels she is constantly being watched, that someone or something is following her wherever she goes. She questions her sanity, unable to distinguish whether it is fear or imagination. She fears that it could be something far worse than even she can imagine.Surviving the horrific abuse of her childhood, Hope has always held in the details of the evil she has lived through. Attending the funeral of her abuser, she feels perhaps she can now finally be free. Only Hope knows that the grave is empty.It is this reality that continues to haunt her. She believes she sees him everywhere, she feels his presence, and is relentlessly haunted by the recurrent nightmare. Hope fears she is losing her mind, or what is left of her sanity. She fears that the nightmare may in fact be an omen of far worse evil than she can even imagine.This novel reads quickly. Well written and suspenseful, it is hard to put down. It keeps you wondering how it will all end. Hope’s story will remain with you even after you finish reading it.

  • Wendy Hines
    2019-03-19 22:27

    Three Rules reminded me briefly of Pretty Little Liars - wondering if the bad guy or girl was really dead. Drake kept me guessing pretty much throughout this page-turning suspense, which is what I'm looking for in my reading. I don't care for predictability very much. Hope has had a tragic life of abuse and wants to move past that part of her life by burying her abuser, but is he really dead? She sees him everywhere she turns and she fears she is losing her mind. With flashbacks to the past, parallel to the present, the reader is given glimpses of a dark journey through different characters, yet with love and hope in the future. The suspense builds through-out and I found the characters easy to relate to without Drake going into too much detail. I was relieved that Drake used the correct prose to get her point across without tugging her reader through an emotional roller coaster. If you enjoy well-written suspense that will keep you up late turning the pages, then pick up Three Rules!

  • Cindy McDonald
    2019-03-21 22:44

    Hope Wellman has a terrible secret: she was sexually abused by her uncle, Lucas. Like many children she has kept this buried deep inside, plagued with nightmares and anxiety and afraid to love or be loved. The author does a fabulous job of showing us (not telling us) Hope's idiosyncrasies: making sure that everything is perfect, smooth, in order--this is a very common display of children who are abused--it is the only control they have over their lives. Ms. Drake's writing is very fluid and she describes the abuse without going into too terribly much detail, which I was thankful for.At the beginning of the book, Hope's abuser, Lucas Wellman, had died tragically. His body was never recovered and the family is in mourning. Hope is relieved, yet the nightmares won't let go. She feels that she is being followed and watched--and she is, but is her abuser really dead? Moreover, has she been mistaken all these years as to whom her abuser was?I highly recommend Three Rules by Marie Drake. 5 STARS!

  • Christine
    2019-03-20 18:46

    I should start this review by saying that I was lucky to receive a free copy of this book though the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program.After a childhood filled with abuse, emotionally fragile Hope Wellman tries to put the past behind her after attending the funeral of the man who abused her. However she is plagued by recurring nightmares and a sense of being followed and wonders if she is being paranoid or if more sinister things are happening. Although this story is about abuse, it is handled delicately so that sensitive readers do not need to worry about graphic descriptions or strong language. This story alternates between present day events and flashbacks which serve to build a good understanding of the characters and their motivations. At times some of the dialog was awkward and some character behavior seemed inconsistent and unrealistic, but overall this book was an engaging read. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense novels.

  • Daphne
    2019-03-28 22:55

    This book was a gift from the author. Three Rules is a compelling read about a young woman who still walks in the nightmare of her past but longs for mature love & normalcy. Aptly named Hope & a victim of sex abuse, she is on the road to discover what the truth really is. This is a powerful & emotional book without excessive graphics. It is easy to root & fear for Hope at the same time. Written with twists & turns, you walk the road with Hope out of the mystery, fear, & torment into the sunshine. I highly recommend this book!!!

  • Patty
    2019-04-05 00:46

    One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. Ms. Drake has a knack of using descriptive words on her characters (ie-artic blue to describe eyes etc) The subject matter of abuse is handled in a way that showed the fear of a child-the fear of the atrocious act itself, the fear of telling-who would take her word over an adults word. You feel her fear & pain. I highly recommend this book. I had a hard time putting it down so stayed up a few nights til I couldn't see any longer. Read this book-it's worth it!

  • Lisa Turnage
    2019-04-03 21:52

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The main character, Hope, goes through so much in this book. This book keeps you on your toes and doesn't disappoint. It has some very surprising twist of events which I love. I like it when one minute you think oh this is going to happen or this person is the bad person.....only to find out you were wrong.This is a must read book. Near the end of reading the book is a big surprise that I didn't see coming at all. I like a book that is hard to put down.

  • Kristin Stone
    2019-04-06 20:56

    The pain and guilt of abuse are all too real. Drake does an amazing job of expressing all the thoughts and emotions of a survivor, while adding the excitement of a truly thrilling mystery. Hope is a relatable character who has your wanting her to find healing and true love, as well as justice. It delves into the reality of what it means to go from being a victim to becoming a survivor.

  • David Gibbons
    2019-04-01 01:29

    What an amazing first book by a new author. Story takes you on a ride through the hardships that a young girl goes through trying to deal with the demons in her past. Tastefully done with plenty of detail to keep you wanting to know what is next. Characters are real and relatable. Well written suspenseful novel, that I would highly recommend.

  • Candice Ellis
    2019-03-21 17:43

    Powerful I enjoyed reading this book. I felt that the characters were very realistic and that the main character had a lot of turmoil to fight through to become victorious at the end. This book could be very inspirational for women that have gone through similar issues of abuse. A very well written and well told story.

  • Anna Stone
    2019-03-28 20:37

    I haven't finished the book yet but I just wanted to say that this is a very good book. I recommend this to anyone who likes to read.

  • Ruth Meeks
    2019-04-15 01:28

    I've enjoyed this book very much. I really couldn't put the book down. A must read book!!!!I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Deanna Brown
    2019-03-24 23:48

    Couldn't put it downI read this book in 3 days. it keeps you captiated from page 1. everyone has dark secrets they need to let go of.

  • Holly Newhouse
    2019-04-17 17:43

    The author Marie Drake lives in a small town near Lake Ontario with her husband and children. She is an admirable and inspirational person being a foster parent takes a special kind of person and being a survivor of abuse, I have a feeling she has overcome and broken the cycle within her life and that in itself is extremely admirable. I too am a survivor of Domestic Violence that ended with my two year old twins and myself being shot and barely survived at the hands of my ex-husband and a survivor of rape at 16 years old by a man I looked up to as a big brother. My own journey was long and hard and while I have never been a child abuse victim like Hope was in the story, everything she feels, contemplates, agonizes over and discovers about herself through the course of the story was eerily similar to my own journey to reaching the status of survivor and was like replaying my own past. I too overcame everything that happened to me in my life and am now an activist, marriage and family therapist, and victim traumatologist, trying to help juries to understand that when a victim testifies, they may not act in a way that the jury considers to be stereotypical of a victim and why that is.Three rules has been written from a place within the heart and soul of our author, this reviewer can see that as plain as day from my own experiences. I deeply commend Marie Drake for using the unique prose that not only conveys the depth of the complexity, abuse victims and survivors go through but in a way that those who have never experienced it can understand as well. For those of us who have, the story can be a big trigger to our own past abuse but it can also be incredibly freeing as we go through the story with Hope and when I say freeing, for me it meant feeling joy over another survivor being able to overcome her abuser's hold on her past, present and future as well as his hold on her memories, emotional and mental states of mind and speaking out to others about it. It reminds me of my own journey and how my steps were similar to Hope's. It is never over for the victim or the survivor, not really. There is no cure all that makes the abuse go away but, with time, love, and a great network of support and respect, it becomes bearable to live with and frees the soul to the point of being able to feel again and most importantly feel happiness in life once again and for the survivor, to find him or herself again as well. Thanks to my past experiences, my training and my profession, I was able to read between the lines and read deeper into the meaning of Hope's story as it might relate to the author as a survivor herself of abuse and was able to do so. I highly admire and commend Author Marie Drake for tackling a very complex issue that is clearly not as black and white as society wants to believe and she tackles it in such a way to not only bring awareness to it but helps others gain to understand that very complexity. I could clearly see just how much of her very soul the author put into the writing of this magnificent fiction story full of suspense and twists and turns the reader won't see coming until it smacks them in the face and I also pray the writing of this story also helped the author to free her own soul a bit as well.The story is well-written, descriptive in such a way as to give enough for the reader to understand but, not overmuch and leaves the reader to use their imagination and engages them in such a way as to drawn them right into Hope's world and make them believe they are seeing a movie and no longer reading a book and that in itself is an exceptional and natural born talent that many authors struggle to accomplish but for Drake, it seems to come naturally to her. She walks the fine line brilliantly between realism and fiction. The plot and character development are exceptional and the story flows smoothly throughout with it speeding up in some places and slowing back down to some places which also contributes to its ability to hook the reader and keep them hooked in the story until the very end. I was hooked from the first paragraph until the very end. I was drawn to the book especially because it was written by a survivor sister. I want to personally thank Author Marie Drake for her amazing story that is fiction but realistic enough that it could be happening to someone we all know and don't have any idea is happening to them without knowing what signs to look for. I will be recommending this book to my huge network of survivor brothers and sisters so they can experience the twists and turns and the heart breaking story with its empowering ending. I applaud your excellent ability in writing a terrific story and to make it beautifully profound, my survivor sister. God Bless you always and keep you safe from harm forever more.Reviewed by Author Holly Newhouse (under pen name Kathy Guidry) for Eternal Book Reviews and Inkspand on April 24, 2015******Disclosure of Material Connection****** I received a free copy of this book from the author, Marie Drake through Inkspand. I was not required to provide a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16CFR, Part 255.

  • Kathy Cunningham
    2019-03-23 22:38

    Marie Drake, author of THREE RULES, describes herself as “a survivor of abuse.” Her personal experiences and her eventual triumph over her abuser give her a unique insight into her novel’s central character. Twenty-year-old Hope Wellman has also been abused, by her step-father’s younger brother. Lucas Wellman began his abuse of Hope when she was a child, and her terror continued until his sudden death in a boating accident. This is where the novel begins – Lucas is dead and Hope is struggling to put her nightmares behind her. But she quickly discovers that it’s not that easy to bury a traumatic past. Even after his death, she’s still haunted by what Lucas did to her, and she still feels him following her, watching her, threatening her. Then Hope begins to find things – a stray cufflink, a scribbled note – and someone begins threatening the people close to her. Is it possible that Lucas is still alive? Or is Hope slowly losing her mind?THREE RULES is basically a thriller with a familiar theme – a young woman with a history of abuse must fight against her own weaknesses and insecurities to prove that she’s more than the perennial victim. She wants to be able to love Joey, the boy she’s had a crush on since grade school, but visceral memories of her abuse keep getting in the way. She also wants to be close to her mother, her step-father, and her friend Karen, but she can’t bring herself to open up about what happened to her. Instead, she holds herself back from them, shutting herself up in a private hell of her own making. Hope’s character is the best part of THREE RULES. Drake does a commendable job of making her believable and real, adding little details that ring true. When Hope struggles to get all the buttons on her jacked arranged perfectly or stoops to get the shoes in her closet aligned in perfect order or constantly smooths out the wrinkles in her bedspread it’s clear how her mind is working. She has been unable to control the horrors that have happened to her, so she is obsessed with the little things in her world that she CAN control. I liked Hope, and I found myself rooting for her – even as I was urging her to confide in her friends and family and to seek help for her suffering. But I understood why it was so hard for her. This is a very real young woman dealing with a very real trauma – and her own determination to rise above it is uplifting and affirming. Hope’s character works perfectly.What doesn’t work as well is the writing itself. It’s one thing to have a great story to tell (and I do think Drake has a great story), but it’s another to put it into words that work. THREE RULES contains the kinds of grammatical, punctuation, and structural errors common in self-published novels. These things probably bother me more than they will most readers (I spent too many years as an English teacher, I guess), but there’s no doubt this would be a much better book had Drake employed a good editor. Simple things like proper dialogue formatting can make a huge difference in the readability of a novel. Additionally, Drake’s attempt to write in present tense (a very popular style these days) isn’t always successful here. There are too many flash-backs and memories sprinkled in among the narration (in past tense), and the contrast is often awkward and distracting.That said, the problematic writing doesn’t mean that Hope’s story isn’t a compelling one. I thought I had the whole thing figured out from the first few chapters – in fact, at first it reminded me of one too many Lifetime movies I’ve seen over the years in which supposedly-dead abusers (always men) return from the grave to torment their weak-willed victims (always women). But I was wrong. Drake sets things up very nicely, luring us in until we think we know exactly what’s going on before she pulls the rug out from under us! The ending of THREE RULES surprised me, which is always a good thing in a thriller. I didn’t see it coming until the final chapter, and even then I kept telling myself, “No, that can’t be what’s happening . . . can it?” And it worked. Bottom line, THREE RULES is a really powerful story that needs a really good editor, but the story itself is good enough to overcome the problems. At one point in the novel, Hope says to her mother, “Awful things have been done in the name of love.” That says a lot about what this novel is all about. Too often abusive people claim “love” as their motivator, which can leave their victims fearful of anyone who offers love. That’s what has happened to Hope – that’s what she must overcome. I applaud Drake for braving her own demons to give life to this very powerful (and ultimately empowered) character. For Hope alone, THREE RULES is worth a read. [Please note: I was provided a copy of this novel for review; the opinions expressed here are my own.]

  • Caroline Barker
    2019-04-09 00:45

    Three Rules is an extremely powerful narrative and beautifully written, with a great deal of emotion running through it, that will reduce you to tears. Despite the dark subject matter of abuse, and the mystery of the storyline, it also holds one of the most romantic stories I have ever read!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.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-14 01:53

    *Note: I tried to write my review in a way that I wasn't giving away any details that might spoil the book for the Reader; so if you feel a little confused, read the book, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Three Rules is a wonderful, disheartening, yet poignant book of a young woman’s struggle to live life with the unbearable knowledge of being sexually abused as a child. She merely exists instead of living, troubled by reoccurring nightmares that haunt her like an apparition in the night; so she plasters on a forged smile and trudges on, with no one of the wiser of what happened to her so many years ago. Even with such dark memories buried in the deep catacombs of her mind, there is still a small light of hope for Hope that she will someday experience true love and happiness.Written in the first person, it gives the story a sense of realism, like a diary. Marie Drake uses the five senses when describing Hope’s “experiences,” allowing the reader to smell her abusers cologne; his boozed breath, hot and revolting; the feel of his cold hands and his mouth, etc. Marie Drake’s own experience with abuse gives Hope’s a more reliable account into an abuse victim’s life. She touches this controversial subject with grace, style, and respect to the people that read this book. She doesn’t give horrific and gory details of Hope’s scenes with her abuser, but describes those scenes through Hope’s emotions: what she was think and feeling, with very little physical details.The characters are great; they all are complex with their own secrets. Most of the characters have some sort of past that they want to keep hidden from the world. The character Joey is the regular boy-next-door, with the patience of a saint. Hope is a strong character for carrying such a burden all her life. She has an obsessive compulsive disorder that gives her control over the things she can, which makes her a unique character. She is also hopeful for a better future even though carries a lot of guilt: guilt over her parents thinking they are not good parents because she is unable to be normal; and she feels guilty because she can’t be closer to those she loves. Many times I wanted to console her and tell her that none of it is her fault and that her parents will understand. She needs to tell someone and get it out in the open. The truth shall set you free! Because the characters have so many secrets, and the fact the reader is only seeing through Hope’s eyes and hearing her thoughts, the readers are left in a tail spin of new twists and turns, left second guessing themselves when they think they have the story figured out. It is very refreshing.The ending was a surprise and not what I had suspected. I don’t see Hope’s character becoming a public speaker in less than a year after her past is put to rest. I see Hope’s character taking a much slower road to recovery before she is ready to tell the whole world her story. But the tile “Three Rules” still works because they are three things that Hope has learned from being silent: 1) “The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. 2.) The scariest things imaginable are not those that can kill you, but those that you can live through. 3.) The most horrible possibility is not what can happen to you, but what you can become.” I highly recommend this to anyone, even teenagers, because silence is the enemy. Don’t be afraid to read about something that scares the hell out of you, or makes you cringe to even think about. I would never steer you wrong on a good book.

  • Kathryn Svendsen
    2019-04-08 18:48

    Hope Wellman narrates her present day story with flashbacks to her past that help to explain her feelings of anxiety and fear today. Hope was sexually abused as a child and this has caused her a myriad a problems as an adult. She has not told anyone of the abuse and therefore has not dealt with the problem and the resulting consequences. The perpetrator has not been brought to justice.This book deals with a difficult subject. A few scenes deal with the actual sexual encounters but the events have been described in such a way that the encounters are not graphic in detail. The book has been thoughtfully and sensitively written so that those who have encountered abuse themselves might be able to read the book without causing flashbacks. The book can be rated as clean in the area of graphic sexual content.I found Three Rules to be very captivating for its mystery and suspense. Hope attended the funeral of her stepfather's brother Lucas at the beginning of the book. He is the man she holds responsible for the abuse she suffered. But there is no body in the coffin because his body was not found after the boating accident. And now she feels as though she is being watched. Could he be alive?There are many twists and turns in the plot in this book. Each one will keep you wondering what will happen next. I wondered why Hope didn't report the abuse years ago, but perhaps that's part of the cycle of the abuse - the fear of not being believed.I thought that Three Rules was very sensitively written when it came to the issue of sexual abuse. The topic was well handled and a lot of good information was given in story format. The Three Rules at the end of the novel were an excellent summation of rules to live by when it comes to any kind of abuse.A couple of times I found the dialogue to be a bit awkward and stilted, but overall it tended to flow fairly smoothly and naturally. I enjoyed the romance that blossomed between Hope and Joey. I liked that it was based on friendship from childhood.I found Three Rules to be worthy of a rating of 4 stars, but because of the author's superb handling of such a difficult subject (sexual abuse) I have given this novel 5 stars out of 5. I would recommend this book to all readers of mystery and suspense as well as those with an interest in book dealing with sexual abuse. I think Three Rules might be helpful in helping those who have experienced abuse (in any form) to learn how to deal with that abuse.Thank you to the author for providing this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.This review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogs...

  • Sylvia Valevicius
    2019-03-19 20:49

    I had mixed feelings about this engaging, highly readable book. The first section develops nicely. We meet the protagonist Hope, and learn of her background. To her credit, the author, Marie Drake, does not graphically exploit the abuse Hope suffers by describing it to the reader. She retains a dignity that serves both narrator and reader well. The implications suffice for our understanding.Hope has an enviable warm relationship with her mother, and a sweet friendship with Joey. Once she establishes these people as likeable, the author manages to keep the reader on EDGE -you are never really certain of who you can believe. This section makes the reading enjoyable.But as in the film GONE GIRL (I did not read the popular book)situations turn upside down in an implausible fashion,and the plot twists tend to stretch credibility - at least it did for me. The focus shifts here and there. Towards the end, ACTION takes over, and lovers of this style of writing will enjoy the outcomes. The book was becoming not my genre of interest, as much. I think this novel would make a good film. There would be an audience for it. For me, in rating the book, I was mentally moving from a 4.7 to a 3.5 rating - to each her own taste. I decided on a 4 star because the overall writing is effective in many places, some admirable descriptive details from delicious salads to scary nightmares, the latter very well-written. On balance, occasionally the detailing is superfluous; this story does not require any padding.Some interesting samples:(On a date with Joey, narrator Hope's thoughts:)"I'm aware that this could be a movie scene - resplendent and tranquil - right before all hell breaks loose, and I don't like it. I hate that type of movie."I find that dialogue a bit ironic and had a chuckle after my own thoughts about movies.Later:"The depths of the shadows cast by trees and the glowing reflections thrown by the moon are a breathtakingly natural work of art. I don't want to mar the creation of this memory with thoughts of Lucas, but I have to ask. "Joey, my mother didn't come with us when we were here, did she?"Lovely scene. You have to read the book yourself to learn how that passage applies to the story. Enjoy.

  • Renee
    2019-03-19 21:30

    Three Rules begins with a funeral. Hope Wellington is standing over the grave of her uncle, Lucas Wellington. But there are no tears. There is no sadness. There is nothing but contempt. As she watches her family grieve, she tries to hide these feelings. Nobody would understand anyway.As far back as Hope can remember, she was abused. Abused by the same person who's grave she stands beside. The same person these people are sobbing over. Of course, none of them know. She never told a soul. Even now, she doesn't tell. She hopes that maybe this could be a fresh start. A new beginning.There's just one problem: the grave is empty. The body lost at sea. That bothers Hope. She wants to know. She wants to be sure he is finally gone. She still feels his presence; still sees him everywhere. Is she just being paranoid? Or is her nightmare just beginning?Marie Drake has written a mesmerizing page-turner. You are drawn in on page one. The characters are fully developed and well rounded. The story is beautifully written and full of twists and turns that keep you guessing the whole way through. You really get invested in the characters and the story.Drake has also covered the abuse in a way that you know what is happening, but there aren't a lot of gory details that slap you in the face. I don't know if she could have done it more perfectly. As a survivor of abuse herself she can truly understand how Hope feels and knows how to write it to make the reader understand how Hope feels. She really showcases the hopelessness and helplessness that Hope feels. She also explains why it is so important to talk about it, even at the same time explaining how hard it is to talk about it.The end felt a little rushed at times but that is really the only thing I can say! Three Rules is a book you are definitely going to want to read and not put it down! It is also a book you are going to want to read again since there are things that you will see the second time that you missed the first time. Drake has filled the book with little details like that. It is amazing. I recommend this book to everybody!!!

  • Jason Moser
    2019-04-02 22:42

    Powerfully Suspenseful, Emotionally Charged MysteryThree Rules by Marie Drake is an emotionally charged mystery that will truly touch your heart and challenge your mind. A fiction suspense thriller based on deep seated emotions, you can't help but feel the pain Hope Wellman is forced to contain inside of her for over eight years. The story shows how vulnerable and utterly horrifying a child's life can be when there is a member of the family who abuses that child in ways you can only imagine and use fear to keep the child from telling.The emotional roller coaster of a life for Hope reaches both ends of the spectrum all in the same breath. One minute she is the happiest girl on earth, the next she is lost in the terror built within and around her through years of unimaginable sexual abuse by her step-father's half-brother, Lucas.When Lucas Wellman disappears in a boating incident and his body is never found, Hope thinks she can finally find closure for the years of horror she endured. Though she has a sense of relief that her tormentor will never touch her ever again, she is haunted by every sound and shadow; Hope can't escape the thought of what Lucas has done to her and that he may still be out there. After her best friend, Joey, gets attacked, a good friend attempts suicide, a couple of notes bearing the words "a promise is a promise" (something Lucas had often told her), and two cufflinks bearing the initials L.W. mysteriously show up, the nightmares get worse. When Lucas shows up at the cemetery where Hope is trying to find her suggested closure and it seems like the typical path for the book is about to come full circle, the real action begins and the perfect twist in the plot happens which you will never see coming.The deeply emotional feelings portrayed throughout the story and the powerfully suspenseful plot are perfectly written into a non-stop thriller you won't want to put down. It is very organized, well written, uniquely original, and the perfect story for suspense mystery lovers.

  • Carmen Martin
    2019-04-12 17:37

    I was asked by the author to take the time to read and review her work during her book review event. I wasn't sure I wanted to. I'm rather busy with work, and home life and selfishly didn't want to commit my time to getting wrapped up in a book tour. However, Ms. Drake then graciously offered me the book anyway, to read at my convenience with no pressure or expectations that I review it. I like to read, and have recently discovered Goodreads, which I like because I can just slap a set of stars on a book to remember which ones I liked and which ones I didn't. Writing out your thoughts about why you liked or didn't like something is a little more difficult. I did decide to give "Three Rules" a shot. Drake's writing style is something new to me. I was engaged. I was drawn inside the main character's head. I could understand her. The pain and anguish came across without having to actually have the scenarios spelled out for me with graphic violence. It wouldn't have bothered me reading it if there were graphic details, maybe, but none were needed. I don't turn up my nose at blood and guts, or pretty much anything. But, I have to admit I was shook up more by this book and the way it was written than if I had been hit over the head with violent details. It was as if I had felt what happened, experienced what happened myself rather than being subjected to violent images of something happening to someone else. There was just something extremely real about it. I really enjoyed it much more than I expected, and after I finished I found myself thinking about my own daughter and wondering how far I would go to protect her from enduring what Hope went through in "Three Rules". Extremely thought provoking.

  • Anna Dye
    2019-03-28 23:42

    Three Rules By Marie Drake is a book that deals with child abuse, in this case the author’s own abuse. The author has done an awesome job with this story. Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but many of the thought processes, feelings and reactions to the abuse are real. It is so hard to believe what humans are capable of doing to other humans, especially children in the name of...what?There are so many forms of abuse in the world that it overwhelms me. Most of us have dealt with abuse in different forms over the course of our lives. Most often it is inflicted on us by those who should have protected us or kept us safe. In this book we find the powerful but not graphic details of another victim and how she overcame it. In this story, Hope is a young woman turning twenty-one. She is dealing with the death of her tormentor, but there are other things in her life that she needs to deal with, too. The death of her tormentor does nothing to help her deal with a lot of her fears and heartaches in order to move on with her life, free once and for ever.Marie Drake states in her book, Three Rules, “Most of all, I wanted to express how important it is to encourage the discussion of abuse. In my book, as in my life, silence is the enemy.” These are words that I have heard many times before from victims of abuse, and that we us parents or adults do not take to heart to prevent this horrible disease from spreading. It was a pleasure to read this book and it was hard to put it down. It is a book full of mystery, drama and a great page-turner. It will be loved by teenagers and adults.