Publication Date: Feb 2012
Book Source: Thanks to Julia Madeleine
Synopsis: Scarlet Rose, the once remarkably beautiful, queen of the burlesque scene in 1960s Toronto, has aged into a decrepit bitter alcoholic, living on welfare and her daughter’s handouts—a daughter she forced into the adult entertainment industry at the age of sixteen to support the family. Now in 1983, Scarlet’s wealthy ex-husband has been found tortured and murdered in a hotel room, and her twenty-two-year-old daughter Fiona, must help the police find the killer.
While Fiona navigates her way through the dark recesses of her family’s history, uncovering shocking secrets that threaten to destroy her, Scarlet Rose employs the skills she learns in Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War, fixating on making a new life for herself using other people’s money. But when she befriends a lonely American woman sitting on an inheritance, greed that knows no bounds, cold-blooded murder and identity theft, might just prove to be Scarlet’s undoing.
Sick, twisted and darkly entertaining.
Sylvia Dalton is a washed up, conniving, bitter crone fixated on her past as dancer and stripper, Scarlet Rose. A more loathesome, vile creature I'm yet to read about but Julia Madeleine's ability to vividly portray Sylvia's warped psyche made for page turning reading. I couldn't wait for Sylvia to get what was coming to her but I kept turning the pages in morbid fascination.
Fiona, the daughter Sylvia forced into the adult entertainment industry at 16 is devastated when Sylvia's ex-husband Charlie and the closest thing Fiona had to a father is murdered. Fiona's miserable, dysfunctional upbringing hasn't hardened her and despite functioning with the use of 'pharmaceuticals' she's a woman with heart and morals striving for a better life while chained to the futile hope of her mother's love.
As the murder investigation progresses, a dysfunctional family unravels further, lies and secrets are revealed, as is Sylvia's true character, and no amount of sad, tormented history can explain her depravity.
"You want to call being born without a soul an illness?”
The Truth About Scarlet Rose isn't for the faint-hearted; not much joy, nothing sugar-coated, this is one wild, twisty ride.
Visit Julia Madeleine's website to find out more about this author and her work.
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