Based on a True Story

Fiction - Womens
318 Pages
Reviewed on 04/01/2018
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Author Biography

Tasche Laine has worked as a journalist, newspaper columnist, teacher, and studio teacher to the stars. She’s lived all over the U.S. and currently resides in Vancouver, Washington. CLOSURE is her first book, and was inspired by true events in her own life. Thus, it is a fictional memoir. For more information, please visit her website at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Based on a true story, Closure by Tasche Laine follows the story of Tara Carter and Trey Thompson, who grew up together but were separated by unforeseen circumstances. Trey is two months older than Tara, and because their moms were close friends, the kids got to do a lot of things together. At their tender age, Trey would declare: “When I grow up, I’m going to marry Tara!” But their affection for each other, pure and powerful as could be, would go through the test of time with separation. But they can’t erase the memories of each other, and so they keep in contact through letters. It will be twenty years before they get the chance to see each other again. Could this be a chance for a promise they made when they were kids to be kept?

There is so much beauty in this story and Tasche Laine knows how to help readers connect with some of the moving memories of their childhood. I enjoyed the tone of the story — compelling and clear. The story is told in an arresting first person narrative voice — a really irresistible voice — which pulls the reader in and allows them to see events through the eyes of the characters. The use of the epistolary style is skillful and it adds a lot to the story’s development in areas of plot, character, and theme. Closure features very compelling themes, and personal trials and personal development are woven neatly into the story. The themes of family, love, rape, and relationships are well developed in the plot. Readers will be pulled in by the intensity of emotions and the drama that is featured in the writing. It’s a beautiful story, beautifully told.

Gisela Dixon

Closure by Tasche Laine is a fiction story based on true events. Closure is really about two people who have known each other since their childhood and how their lives evolve and intertwine throughout the decades. In Closure, we meet Tara and Trey as young children. Trey is a couple of months older than Tara and, since their mothers are good friends, they naturally tended to be good friends since childhood. However, then the intermittent separations begin as the families move apart. So Trey and Tara see each other at intervals throughout school and college. Both have feelings for each other, but life and circumstances keep pulling them in many different directions. This is the story of their lives.

Closure is a good read, especially because it appears to be based on a true story. In any case, this is the kind of story that some people may be familiar with where old childhood or teenage connections don’t always come to fruition at that young age, although there is a love connection. When Trey and Tara meet again after many years, they have both had ex-marriages in their past and children by then, and live far away from each other. But they are both single and still have feelings for each other. Whether love can overcome practical reality is what forms the crux of this novel and Tasche portrays this well in the first person. Hence, both Trey and Tara come across as relatable. Overall, this is a good book written in an engaging style that I enjoyed.


Closure is a relatable, autobiographical story that intersperses the theme of that all powerful, all consuming feeling of first-love, with real life. Besides the main story line of Tara and Trey, this book addresses other serious social issues as well, which are especially noteworthy in this era of the #MeToo movement. The author uses her voice and speaks out against injustices toward women. This is a timely book, featuring a scene that could have been snatched out of today's headlines! Definitely a must read--for now and any time.