Give Me Your Answer True (The Fish Tales, Book 2)

Give Me Your Answer True (The Fish Tales, Book 2)

by Suanne Laqueur

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Give Me Your Answer True (The Fish Tales, Book 2) by Suanne Laqueur

“What I feel has no name…”

Suanne Laqueur’s award-winning debut novel The Man I Love thrilled readers with its memorable characters and depth of emotion. Erik Fiskare’s journey of love, recovery and forgiveness captivated hearts but also left questions unanswered. Now Daisy Bianco has a chance to tell her story.
It’s been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he’s chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City. But Erik’s unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm, cutting into her own skin as a means to atone. Only the timely appearance of an old friend, John “Opie” Quillis, saves her from self-destruction and gives her a chance to love again.

Laqueur skillfully weaves flashbacks to the college years with Daisy’s present life. Supported by John’s patient affection, she works to separate her evolution as an adult from the unresolved guilt and grief of her youth. As her professional accomplishments lift her out of depression, Daisy learns to hold onto her accountability without letting it become her identity. Years pass and she builds a beautiful life filled with dance and friends. Lovers come and eventually go, leaving her on her own with the old thought: Come back to me.

In this parallel narrative, Laqueur peels open the beloved characters from The Man I Love to reveal new and complex layers of vulnerability. The scars from the shooting are deep and pervasive within this circle of friends. Like Daisy, they are trying to evolve without being fully resolved. But when questions from the past go unheeded, you alone must find and give your answers true.

“Laqueur crafts these characters and knows their ins and outs and bones and blood so well. As readers, we are sucked into their lives. We feel what they feel. We ache when they ache. We cry when they cry. And we miss them desperately when the story is over. This is the gift Laqueur has given to us with her writing.”
—Mary Frame, author of Imperfect Chemistry and Imperfectly Criminal

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151978514
Publisher: Suanne Laqueur
Publication date: 06/19/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,142,959
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre. Laqueur's debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA. Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. Visit her at suannelaqueurwrites.com Her Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1TVNBrp Follow her on Twitter @suannelqr All feels welcome. And she always has coffee

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Give Me Your Answer True 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite “He killed all those kids backstage,” Daisy said. “He shot both Will and I. Then he jumped off the stage to keep shooting. I guess you can look at it a hundred different ways but nobody will ever know his plan or intentions. He’s dead. My friends and my teacher are dead. And the rest of us… We died in different ways.” And so begins the riveting tale of Daisy and Erik. More intense than a modern day Romeo and Juliet, Give Me Your Answer True begins with ballerina Daisy (French for her given name of Marguerite) recounting the events of April 19, 1992 in Mallory Hall, the performing arts theater in Lancaster. As students prepared for daily rehearsal, James Dow entered the premises with the intent to kill. And kill he did. Lives were lost on that fateful day, but it is the living who suffer. The entwined lives of best friends Daisy, Erik, Will, and Lucky are thrown into a bitter struggle to recoup and regain the stability that once was. Suanne Laqueur, award winning author of The Man I Love, creates a written dynamic between her characters that is both rare and mesmerizing. Laqueur’s gift of written dialogue remains focused throughout the text, alternating between humor and despair in an intriguing dance of emotions. Descriptive passages bring a three-dimensional quality in the ability to link with the reader’s personal experiences of the heart. The author’s command of the English language brings characters and plot to a visual reality. Reading Give Me Your Answer True made me yearn to be part of the tightly-knit circle of friendship Suanne Laqueur creates. I found myself talking to the characters and praying for a happy resolution. Daisy’s journey out of the depths of darkness have stayed with me for days after turning that last page. I LOVED this story.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur is the second book in The Fish Tales. The story follows the life of Daisy Bianco after her breakup with Erik Fiskare. Before I give a brief rundown of the story, let me just say that the novel was beautifully written. The narrative was excellent and very well written. The story is a re-telling of the first novel of the series, but it is from Daisy’s perspective. And as I have not read the first novel, there was nothing that I was missing or felt was confusing. Daisy loved Erik, he was the love of her life and her one mistake cost her his love. Now she is just a shell of the woman she used to be. Erik’s total silence almost killed her, the only relief she feels is when she cuts herself. If it weren’t for Opie, she may have spiraled deep down into self-destruction. Although she is able to create a life for herself and get out of the depression, she is still waiting for Erik, wishing and hoping that he would come back to her. There is a lot of angst in the novel and a lot of emotion. The story showed great depth from Opie and how he helped her rediscover herself. I loved the friendship and affection between these two and how they stood by each other and didn’t let anything get in their way. The romance element was also really good. I really liked the way the story unfolded and became so tangible I could almost taste it. Very good narrative, well chosen words.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur is the second installment of The Fish Tales, a raw and heart-wrenching tale that exposes every wart, blemish and festering wound in the human psyche in search of forgiveness. Marguerite (Daisy) Bianco, her boyfriend, Erik (Fish) Fiskare and their friends, David and Will, have been to hell and back; battle-weary survivors of unimaginable violence that has decimated their fun young lives in one fell swoop, leaving destruction in its wake. The story here is being told from Daisy’s point of view and it’s a no-holds-barred accounting of her journey to hell and back, told in unapologetic flashbacks and in painful sessions to her therapist, Rita. Daisy and Erik and all who lived through the tragedy are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and all subconsciously – if not willingly – submit themselves to compromising and potentially harmful situations and decisions which have life long effects, yet none seem able to help themselves, Daisy most of all. Laqueur’s prose is exceptionally visceral, made more so by the completely honest and painstaking approach she takes to unfolding her story. Daisy, Erik and her friends are all shell-shocked and scarred in such a way that no amount of medical ministration can make them whole again. They wonder why they survived while some of their friends weren’t as lucky. Confusion, anger and fear course through their minds long after the physical scars have healed, which causes them to act out recklessly, hurting the ones they love in the process. And what makes each of the characters so compelling in Give Me Your Answer True is that even as readers think they know what makes each of them tick, a new layer of ugly truth is exposed; a new layer of vulnerability revealed. Our hearts ache for their absolution and our hopes for their happiness grow with each experience and each relationship – the good, the bad and the ugly. Daisy’s struggle is particularly poignant since she is her own worst enemy, unable to find joy for a long time in anything positive that happens to her, subconsciously sabotaging her own happiness in a quagmire of guilt and blackness that threatens to consume her. As a ballerina, her body is both her instrument and her meal ticket and it’s the one thing in her life she can control, but she comes close to destroying it at her lowest point.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
“What I feel has no name.” I finished this book in tears. Not because it was sad. SO much comes to light with this book. The devastation in book one changed everything. But in this book, although a parallel narrative, heroes you never expected rise from the ashes. The human spirit is challenged and wins. Love is lost, forgiven, and found. Similar to the first book, this story is nothing short of life changing. “When someone shares the happy stories of their life, its always beautiful. But when someone shares their pain with you, its almost more profound. More valuable.” Give Me Your Answer True is Daisy’s story. We are immersed into Daisy’s life. The moment she meets Erik. The moment she falls in love. And most importantly, the moment where Daisy makes a grave mistake that would forever alter the trajectory of her life for years to come. The author fills in spaces in the book you never knew existed, but were so vital to truly understanding the deep layers of this story. “I dance in the light he makes and the warm heat on my skin- that’s him. The lights are his love.” If I had any doubt at all about the love between Erik and Daisy, those doubts are long gone. Their love is so overwhelming. Relentless. Unyielding. Their love is ultimate. Their love is felt through every word of this book. Every page. And the author allows you to feel their love. In so many ways. As this is Daisy’s story, we are allowed within the depths of her heart. And soul. We watch her fall deeply in love. And we experience the love, pain, regret, and devastation of not having Erik in her life. We see her hit absolutely rock bottom. And we see her rise and fall and rise again. No matter your feelings about Daisy at this point, you can’t help but feel inspired by the resilience of her spirit. “Nobody scars you but me.” This is NOT the same story as the first book. It’s so much more than a retelling. I am saddened that I almost missed out on this simply because I wanted to hurry and read (obsess) over book three. I wanted to find out what happened next. Do not cheat yourself out of this spellbinding experience. This book is JUST as important as the first one. You are simply moved by the compelling complexity of not only the characters but the story as well. “I love nobody and nothing the way I love you.” There are some powerful scenes in this story. Many that we already know about, but again, the author makes it different. These scenes feel different. There is a certain love scene that simply left me breathless. Erik and Daisy are so raw, vulnerable, open. It had to be one of the best love scenes I’ve ever read in my entire life. You cannot help but become emotionally invested in this story. “Look at me.” “I see me.” “Look at me.” “Only at you.” The author is such a skillful writer with a talent that is simply unparalleled. If you read book one, you know how everything ends, yet the author masterfully weaves a story to allows the reader to experience the story all over again as if for the first time. Her writing is truly poetic in that the depth of the emotions are found within the very words of this book. “I know. I want to remember the falling.” Give Me Your Answer True is a must read and further solidified my wonderment of the talent of this author and her words. Her story. And her characters. To say I was moved would be an understatement. I think this story rocked me to my literary core.
Amers86 More than 1 year ago
Another soul shattering, emotionally torturing, absolutely oh-so-amazing book by the absolutely lovely Suanne Laqueur. Wow. There are not enough words to describe this book but I'm going to try my best. Amazing. Heart Breaking. Soul Shattering. Angering. Depressing. True Love. Happiness. Dark. Do you notice a trend here? It's a dark, hard to read in parts, dark book. It's heavy. For me, it required a few breaks and I've read the first book. As you know, this book feature's Daisy's story and I just happen to think her story was so much darker. I forgot just how deep and heavy this book was so I'm glad I started it after coming off a good run of happy, sappy, love stories (don't say I didn't warn you). This story is worth reading, and is worth making yourself keep reading, when the reading gets tough. It is worth every single time your breath catches, you want to just slam the book shut, you want to walk away, and absolutely worth the moment your heart speeds up and stutters towards the end. It is worth the moment the story really starts unfolding and you grip the book tighter. Let's talk descriptions. This is one area, among oh so many areas, that the author excels and then some. She knows how to describe the scene and the situation. She knows how to give you just a little bit more so there is no questioning what is actually happening. She knows the words to use to keep you on the edge, to make you crash, and to hold you tight. It was the descriptions and word choice that really makes this story. This story could run flat but the writing is done in such a way that sometimes it feels like you are falling off a mountain and others you are climbing up a small hill but there will be no mistake what you are doing. The ending, oh the ending! No, I'm not going to ruin it for you. The ending made me want to cry out in happiness. The descriptions were over the top. They really grab onto your soul and don't let go. I held onto every work that was written (spoken). I sat on the edge of my chair at work until I was finished. I could not put the book down until I was done. It's that type of book. I'm an absolute fan of Suanne Laqueur and I plan to start reading book three as soon as I finish typing this review. I've got to know what happens next, what happens between Daisy and Erik. There are so many questions and I have to get the answers. Take my advice, start reading this book. It's perfect in every sense of the word.
TMBorgwardt More than 1 year ago
After reading The Man I Love, I was really disappointed in Daisy. I really felt for Erik and I couldn't believe that she could betray him like she did. After all the two had been through, for their relationship to come to such an abrupt end was a slap in the face. This book picks up a few years after the first one and is told from Daisy's point of view. This book really helped me bond with Daisy. I am happy that the book wasn't a complete overlap (like writing The Man I Love again only from Daisy's perspective). I enjoy how much of Daisy's story was told through flashbacks as she talks to her therapist Rita. I appreciated how this one picked up where we really lost Daisy in The Man I Love. I felt bad for Daisy and ended up almost being mad at Erik for being a silent jerk for so many years. One morning, after staying up too late reading, I was driving to work and Adele's new song, "Hello" came on the radio and I could not believe how well Adele told Daisy's story. It was incredible. This book answered so many questions and gave me a sense of closure. Laqueur does an amazing job on character development and relationship building. Her way with words is astounding and creates a sincere and realistic environment. Now I am looking forward to starting the third book to see the next chapter in Daisy and Erik's life.
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ShannonOS More than 1 year ago
What *I* feel, after reading this book, has no name. . . Damn. This series is so good. I am totally enmeshed in the lives of these characters. I feel like a voyeur, privy to information and private thoughts of which I should not know, and yet, I am unable to avert my gaze. I am officially a Fish Tales junkie jonseing for Ms. Laqueur to dispense the next dose of her bibliocrack.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
It’s been three years since Daisy Bianco's unforgivable betrayal of Erik Fiskare (a.k.a. Fish). Daisy’s daemons pay their daily respects—a constant reminder of her lapse in judgment. She slept with David. She betrayed her true love Fish. The fact that Fish was witness to the moment is torture. She reflects upon her time in the hospital after the shooting—when Fish was by her side every day. He promised he would always be there...but he’s gone. He won’t return her calls and has disappeared from her life. How long is long enough for her to pay her penance? When does she get her chance to explain the ‘why’? She doesn’t get to blame her choice on ecstasy or coke. They both knew their relationship changed long before that day—they all changed. College is a distant memory for Daisy. The once inseparable dance company has scattered to the winds. Embers are the remnants that smolder from the union of former dance partner Will and best friend Lucky. Will returned to Canada. Lucky was still around but he wasn’t dancing anymore. Daisy hadn’t seen David since their one-night encounter; not that she cared to. Daisy is lost. She is a shell of a life walking through the haze of day-to-day existence. She feels nothing. No matter how much she pines for Fish, he remains gone. When Daisy discovers cutting herself breathes feeling, she finds relief. She is still a dancer and must be careful. She must hide her dark secret to make sure her self-inflicted scars remain invisible—at least to everyone but her. On a dangerous spiral and a few therapists later, Daisy happens upon someone from her past—someone who also lived another day beyond the Lancaster shooting. Enter John (Opie). There are no coincidences in life, but perhaps there are angels to carry hope when it is needed most. Such was the case for Opie and Daisy—at least until he discovered her dark secret of cutting herself... When approached by Feathered Quill to consider Suanne Laqueur’s compelling sequel to her fantastic debut novel, The Man I Love, there wasn’t a second’s hesitation in doing so. Within the first couple of pages of Give Me your Answer True, I knew I was reading yet another grand slam book from this gifted writer. Once I finished the 488 page memory of a book (in less than a day’s time), I was faced with an incredible challenge: ‘Is it even possible for me to gather my thoughts and write the exceptional review Laqueur is so worthy of receiving?’ Her phraseology and scenarios are terrific. Character description such as: ‘He was the most gigantic person Daisy ever encountered. His tall frame and broad shoulders gobbled up the studio floors. He moved like a hurricane...He ate life and spit out the bones...’ is a definitive example of how this author merely opens the door into her word pantry and purposefully selects the perfect word in order to create superb movement in the story. Laqueur insists on creating feeling and compassion throughout her work. Her success of achieving such measure replicates time and again across the pages of Give Me Your Answer True. She manages instantaneous attention and engagement from her audience because she can see and hear them as she writes. She is confident in her delivery and knowledge of the art of dance. One can sense the orchestration of the arabesque as much as feel the barre work in the warm up which complements and breathes credibility into the essence of main character Daisy. Bravo Ms. Laqueur! You have done it again!
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
I am not really sure what to say...except WOW!!!!! WHAT AN AMAZINGLY, WONDERFUL BOOK!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!! I fell in love with "The Man I Love"...the characters, the writing, the story...I was totally engrossed in every word of that book. Then I found out about "Give Me Your Answer True" and discovered it was a parallel book from Daisy's POV I wasn't too excited, because sometimes an author just writes a quick opposite POV book and it is just a recap with no depth but I have to tell you that THIS BOOK is not one of those. This is so much more than just a retelling of a story...it is telling the story with so much more depth that it almost feels like a different story altogether. I was not invested in Daisy in the first book, especially after things happened but oh, my goodness did I change my mind after this book. Learning her struggle and her thoughts completely changed the way I saw her. The background thoughts about all the characters just brought a richness to an already heart-wrenching story. The supporting characters in the story are brought to the forefront in this book and you get to know them so much better. This is absolute gold! Suanne Laqueur's writing is so beautiful and so very unique. The story is told through so many different ways...flashbacks, letters, past and present you will be caught up in it and it won't let you go. If you read "The Man I Love" you have got to read this book because the two cannot be separated. I almost wish they were sold together so that everyone would know they have to read both of them. It is an experience not to me missed. I can honestly say that Suanne Laqueur is now on my favorite author list and I will be anxiously awaiting her next book!