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||May 31, 2008
Take a Dip into "The Pond" - where Spine tingling supernatural drama and page turning action collide, leaving you to ask, just how well do you know your neighbors?
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Twenty-five years have passed since eight-year-old Carl Weber drowned in Gray's Pond. Now Michael Adams and his family have returned to Kimberton Pennslvania to reside once again in the old mansion.
Everyday, however, brings strange paranormal activity, till it becomes agonizingly clear that ghosts of the past are trying to make their presence known.
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"You!" Fanny stared at her husband, furious with him. "This is all your fault. All your fault. Why couldn't y ou just leave that girl be? Go and bother her at her bus stop? You know the little thing is scared of you. Why couldn't you just stay away?
"I just told her happy birthday. It was a harmless gesture."
"Was it?" She pointed at his thin chest, pressing her nail into the fabric of his cotton shirt as he flinched beneath her hand. "I'm warning you. I'll not relive the past. You make me sick. Where's your shame?"
Misery filled Charlie's eyes, despair in his slouch.
"You're an old man. Stirring up things I have tried to forget. Forgive. She poked him several more times, feeling his hard ribcage. "Because of you, I have foul memories. Because of you, I have lived through disgrace. Have done things no woman should have ever done. And for what? To save your hide.
Writer's in the Sky Podcast news takes a dip into 'The Pond'
First time author and mystery/thriller aficionado Tamera Lawrence has taken a true story told to her by her mother and put her own spin on it.
A boy drowns in a pond near his home in rural Pennsylvania-an innocent, nearly friendless boy. Twenty-five years later the first chapter begins across the street when the drowned boy's only friend Michael Adams, returns to the area with his wife and seven-year old daughter to live in the house he grew up in.
It's a grand old estate. His mother died there and left it to him, her only child. His wife has put her own personal stamp on it which meets with everyone's approval-or maybe not. Things turn creepy swiftly when objects fall, break, move, or splatter for no apparent reason. It might just be overactive imagination triggered by the silence of the emptiness of the countryside. Incidents come and go and the pleasant family dynamics unfurl between this small-town dentist husband and his loving, helpful wife an daughter as they try to get comfortable with rural life and their neighbors.
The neighbors across the way are friendly, particulary Fanny, who Mike has known from boyhood and who is the area's premiere pie-baker. Everyone knows Fanny and her husband for her pies and hard work and for their outreach as foster parents during the time Mike was a boy. One of his old friends, and now dental patient, was one of the children they fostered.
As in any good story, the plot starts twisting. Things pop up in attics, and bedrooms, and barns. People aren't always as the appear to be. A clue is uncovered here, a voice may heard there, and the chills begin to roll. You turn the lights up brighter if you're home alone and reading in the dark.
Tamera Lawrence has spun a prickly and entertaining tale. She's pulled the reader in to her native state and introduced them to a sparse, but diverse cast of characters and events that evokes a sense of dread and hoped-for resolve. The Pond is a good first effort. Enjoy!
Reviews by Barbara Milbourn, a writer and editor in Nashville, TN
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|Reviewed by Kevin Ward
This is a true story??? Oh man, I really want to read this. By the way, what a great cover. Haunting.
Much success with this,