Scar Jewelry

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
What do we really know about our parents or the ways they shape us? For twins Deirdre and Langston, 20, the answer is: not enough. With their father long dead, and their mother now in a coma, they realize they don't even know whom to notify. In fact, they understand almost nothing about their mother. They delve into her life and uncover secrets that revise the past and transform the future. More

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Words: 87,710
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301256938
About Sue Perry

Sue Perry has recently resumed writing after a 20-year hiatus. In 1992, Bantam-Doubleday-Dell published her hardcover novel, WAS IT A RAT I SAW, a psychological thriller involving split brain research, animal rights, and a love quadrangle. During the hiatus, she raised twins and became a disaster scientist. She has produced low budget television shows and directed a research internship program; and she intermittently teaches about natural disasters at a community college. Sue resumed writing a few years ago with SCAR JEWELRY, literary fiction about a family with secrets, and with C.R.I.M.E. Science, the first in a series of detective novellas. She lives in the foothills of southern California with 5 cats, a dog, and in-and-out kids. She likes live music, oceans, urban hikes, great cities, and witnessing social media transform everything. Her newest novel launches a fantasy detective series, FRAMES.

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Review by: Tina Neal on March 17, 2013 :
Scar Jewelry is a great read. I was genuinely sorry to reach the last page, the mark of a good story. The book explores familiar tangled themes of love and familial bond, betrayal, loss, and reconciliation. This is a fresh and engaging tale of people all too human: it could have been (and probably was) the family next door. The author’s voice is authentic and unforced, evocative but refreshingly spare. The story grabbed me for the duration. Those who have spent time in Southern California will enjoy the poignant sense of place that comes through as the backdrop (and bedrock) for the main character’s journey of discovery. The finale is a clever, untidy surprise that unfolds with a satisfying rush. Highly recommended and I hope to read more from Sue Perry!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tina Neal on March 17, 2013 : (no rating)
Scar Jewelry is a great read. I was genuinely sorry to reach the last page, the mark of a good story. The book explores familiar tangled themes of love and familial bond, betrayal, loss, and reconciliation. This is a fresh and engaging tale of people all too human: it could have been (and probably was) the family next door. The author’s voice is authentic and unforced, evocative but refreshingly spare. The story grabbed me for the duration. Those who have spent time in Southern California will enjoy the poignant sense of place that comes through as the backdrop (and bedrock) for the main character’s journey of discovery. The finale is a clever, untidy surprise that unfolds with a satisfying rush. Highly recommended and I hope to read more from Sue Perry!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bill C on Jan. 22, 2013 :
A few things I liked about this book:
* Quick and easy connection with its characters. As they developed through the story, the connections grew even more solid. This was good.
* Mysterious elements. Details and revelations unfold naturally, believably, and sufficiently.
* Balanced visualizations. Written scenes need varying amounts or levels of detailing, yes? While a hospital room can be generic, a main character's home, work, and other important environments need more thorough treatment. Well done here.
* Good, steady story/plot advancement vs. wallowing or meandering: definitely the former.

Things I didn't like:
* Ending left me wanting more.

Actually that's probably a good thing too.

Bottom line: highly recommend.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: RhiR on Jan. 16, 2013 :
"Scar Jewelry" is just the kind of book I like- fast paced and realistic, with credible, fully developed characters. I thought that the premise of having a loved one unexpectedly become incapacitated was a perfect way to creatively explore the question of how well any of us knows anyone else. The story was deep, yet lighthearted; it made me smile and it made me think (and it made me really wish that I had been around for the music- those shows sounded awesome!). I recommend it highly!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Margaret Kerr on Jan. 14, 2013 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. It is full of intrigue and has you asking yourself questions about your role as a parent or your role as a child. How well do we know our family and how well do we want to know them? However, I struggled to finish and was very disappointed in the ending. Is there a book 2 to tell us what happens next?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Scott on Dec. 26, 2012 :
In Scar Jewelry by Sue Perry, twins Deirdre and Langston who are very different in their personalities, set about to learn more about their mother who is in a coma. Their mother has done such a good job of covering up her past that they have no idea who she truly is or was . The way Heater/Heather has handled changing and hiding her identity is different in this book from anything I have ever read before. At first no-one wants to answer their questions, but eventually they do receive help from some of the Mother's life-long friends. Each new answer seems to lead to even more questions. With each twin having their own ideas about what they find and how it should be handled. With the twins even finding secrets about themselves. A real page turner to see what each new twist or turn will hold. Makes one wonder how well do we know our parents/loved ones?

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Scott on Dec. 26, 2012 :
In Scar Jewelry by Sue Perry, twins Deirdre and Langston who are very different in their personalities, set about to learn more about their mother who is in a coma. Their mother has done such a good job of covering up her past that they have no idea who she truly is or was . The way Heater/Heather has handled changing and hiding her identity is different in this book from anything I have ever read before. At first no-one wants to answer their questions, but eventually they do receive help from some of the Mother's life-long friends. Each new answer seems to lead to even more questions. With each twin having their own ideas about what they find and how it should be handled. With the twins even finding secrets about themselves. A real page turner to see what each new twist or turn will hold. Makes one wonder how well do we know our parents/loved ones?

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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