Death at Deacon Pond

Death at Deacon Pond

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by E. M. Alexander
     
 
Ever since her father's suicide, Kerri Langston has been tortured by visions of his death, which make her believe he was murdered. With no way to prove her theory, her psychic visions only serve to upset her mother and give her the reputation of being a freak. When Kerri stumbles upon a body in the woods near Deacon Pond, she realizes her strange connection with the

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Ever since her father's suicide, Kerri Langston has been tortured by visions of his death, which make her believe he was murdered. With no way to prove her theory, her psychic visions only serve to upset her mother and give her the reputation of being a freak. When Kerri stumbles upon a body in the woods near Deacon Pond, she realizes her strange connection with the dead might help solve a crime, but there is someone close to Kerri who will stop at nothing to ensure that her visions remain hidden.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Kerri Langston has psychic visions, and since her father's supposed suicide, she has been deemed the town freak because of them. She knows her father did not kill himself, but no one will listen to her. Late one night, she and her friend Seth Roberts, the son of her father's former colleague on the police force, are attending a party at the local teen hangout when Kerri literally stumbles across Mark Travers, who died falling off a cliff near the pond. The visions start all over again, and Kerri realizes that, like her father, Mark Travers was murdered. As she learns more about him, she also discovers more about Deputy Roberts, Seth, and her father's death. Then, she must try to save herself from the evil and corruption that is plaguing her small community. Kerri is a sympathetic character who is struggling with accepting the loss of her father, especially in light of her visions about his death. She also has to deal with her mother's grief and guilt and the adults who do not want the truth to come out. While Kerri's visions are a well-integrated part of the story, the plot device of trafficking in teen girls is a little over-the-top. Still, readers will appreciate the excitement and Kerri's courage. Those who want books about the supernatural will flock to this one, and reluctant readers will enjoy the fast-moving plot and well-crafted mystery.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897073421
Publisher:
Lobster Press
Publication date:
10/10/2006
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Sheriff O'Connell hesitated, then asked, "Are you sure you heard the victim ask for help?" Kerri's stomach tightened. She had said something wrong. I heard him speak, right? Should I say that I'm not sure? That I hit my head? Suddenly, the trip to the hospital had appeal. "Yes," she said, slowly. "I'm pretty sure he said 'Help.' Why?" The sheriff let out a small breath. "Well, it's simply impossible that he spoke to you, Kerri." "Why? What do you mean?" But the truth was already beginning to dawn on her. She knew what he was going to say, what the coroner must have told him. "Kerri, the preliminary findings suggest that the victim has been dead at least six hours. There is no way he could have spoken to you." He paused, his face softening. "Listen, Kerri, what you saw tonight would shake anyone up." Kerri nodded, saying nothing. She was vaguely aware that her mouth hung open. It closed slowly. Sure, she was shaken up. Seeing a dead body would do that to anyone. A shiver ran down her spine, but she hardly moved. She felt stiff and unyielding, almost as if she were the corpse lying a few feet away. Had Mark been dead all along? Did she have a conversation with a ghost? Revulsion rose within her, but Kerri held it in check under O'Connell's watchful eye. The last thing she wanted was to give him a reason to think she knew more than she was saying. Besides, he wants to believe that I'm in shock, that I imagined the man ask for help. Let him think that if he wants to, she thought. I know the truth. I know what I saw, and I know what I heard. But did she? Could she trust what she had seen? Could she trust whatever power lived inside her that provided unwelcome glimpses into the minds ofothers? Kerri tried to latch on to her faith before it fell away as fast as a landslide. Yet in her heart, she felt just like that awkward fourteen-year-old girl who once sat at Officer O'Connell's desk, trying to prove her father had been murdered. No one had taken her seriously then, and they certainly wouldn't do so now. Furthermore, how could she expect to be believed when she could not be sure of what she had seen? It always comes down to proof, she thought grimly, and proof is what I need.

Meet the Author

"Author and newspaper columnist E. M. Alexander honed her skills in the Institute of Children's Literature's advanced writing program, studying under acclaimed novelist Kevin McColley. Her fondness for horror stories and for long walks in the woods inspired Death at Deacon Pond, her first novel. She was born in Connecticut and continues to reside there, with her husband and son."

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Death at Deacon Pond 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Kerri Langston's life is anything but trouble-free. Ever since the death of the family dog years ago, Kerri has experienced psychic visions. At the time, only Kerri's sister, Ann, seemed to understand when Kerri mentioned her "sightings" of good old Petey.

Kerri's visions have been more frequent since the supposed suicide of her father. It has been difficult for everyone in town to accept the fact that a well-liked and respected police officer would end his life by his own hand. Kerri is definitely not convinced, and repeated "visits" from her father have only encouraged her to investigate his death further.

Life for Kerri becomes even more complicated when she stumbles over a dead body in the woods surrounding Deacon Pond. When she attempts to connect the incident with her recent visions, the police and even her own mother and sister don't take her seriously. Forced to depend on herself and her instincts, Kerri embarks on her own lonely journey in search of the truth.

DEATH AT DEACON POND can be classified as a mystery/thriller since E. M. Alexander fills her plot with enough twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. Just when it seems the real killer has been discovered, the plot turns in a different direction. Although appropriate for middle grades, this book requires an attentive reader to follow and appreciate the more intricate details.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kerri Langston has visions. She had them after her father died, leading her to believe he didn't commit suicide. And now she's having them about Mark Travers, the dead man she stumbled upon in the woods near Deacon Pond. But somehow, these new visions are connected to the ones about her father. Kerri is no longer content to let the police do their work she wants to investigate for herself. This choice propels her into a dangerous situation. She's caught several times by the crime scene by Officer Roberts, the father of her best friend and her father's partner, before her father died. Kerri's mother is uncomfortable with Kerri's interaction with the police because she still can't get over her husband's death. Seth, the son of Officer Roberts, tries to warn Kerri to stay away from the crime scene, but Kerri doesn't listen she wants to find the truth about everything. But what will it cost her? Death at Deacon Pond was a very exciting murder mystery. Kerri's visions are unusual when places out of context of the story, but they seem completely natural in this novel. I felt that there wasn't adequate characterization for everyone except Kerri, but then again, Kerri is the main character. Many times, scenes sprung up on my which can be both good and bad: it's good to have unpredictability in mysteries, but sometimes it just seemed implausible. Nonetheless, Death at Deacon Pond kept me on the edge of my seat it wasn't exactly 100% high action, but there was a good dosage of it. I loved how all the events and characters connected at the end, which is fantastic for all mysteries. I was completely engrossed during the several hours it took me to read this. If you love a good suspenseful novel involving mystery and murder, Death at Deacon Pond is a good choice for you. Also, if you liked The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson, you will like this book too. Fans of the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz will find that Kerri has many similarities with Stacey Brown and her visions but minus the magical aspect. I definitely recommend this fast-paced and exciting book to all readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fabulous read¿.The authors descriptive writing sucked me in and made the characters pop, as if I were standing in the same room as Kerri or with her on the banks of Deacon Pond. The twists and turns Kerri found herself in kept me turning pages, waiting to see how it would play out! Anyone that enjoys a good thriller, this is a must read! I cannot wait for Ms. Alexander to write her next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kerri Langston's life is anything but trouble-free. Ever since the death of the family dog years ago, Kerri has experienced psychic visions. At the time, only Kerri's sister, Ann, seemed to understand when Kerri mentioned her 'sightings' of good old Petey. Kerri's visions have been more frequent since the supposed suicide of her father. It has been difficult for everyone in town to accept the fact that a well-liked and respected police officer would end his life by his own hand. Kerri is definitely not convinced, and repeated 'visits' from her father have only encouraged her to investigate his death further. Life for Kerri becomes even more complicated when she stumbles over a dead body in the woods surrounding Deacon Pond. When she attempts to connect the incident with her recent visions, the police and even her own mother and sister don't take her seriously. Forced to depend on herself and her instincts, Kerri embarks on her own lonely journey in search of the truth. DEATH AT DEACON POND can be classified as a mystery/thriller since E. M. Alexander fills her plot with enough twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. Just when it seems the real killer has been discovered, the plot turns in a different direction. Although appropriate for middle grades, this book requires an attentive reader to follow and appreciate the more intricate details. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading 'Death at Deacon Pond.' Many congratulations to a very talented author. Really enjoyed it and know that young readers will find it very entertaining!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt as though I were right there with the main character, Kerri, because the author paints such vivid descriptions of setting and character emotions. Ms. Alexander kept my curiosity piqued throughout the book. A very interesting twist at the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With an intriguing and suspenseful plot, readers will be drawn into Alexander's story of murder, greed, and ultimate betrayal as experienced by an extraordinary young woman who must learn about life the hard way. In this excellent coming of age story, the heroine ultimately discovers not only how she feels about herself but also how she feels about others in her life. Death at Deacon Pond is a moving and poignant tale that is sure to hook any young adult reader. Kudos to E.M. Alexander. We will look for more from this talented author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Death on Deacon Pond is insightfully 'right on' as Kerrie is believeable and actually goes through what many psychics go through in realizing their intuitive ability. The story captures the reader and doesn't let go! I am 47 years old and I absolutely loved it. I could NOT put it down. Elaine, the author, uses wonderful imagery and sensory cues so the reader can hear, feel, and see crisp clean imgages. Cindy Corriveau of Ghost Chat New England
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main character in Death at Deacon Pond experiences many of the challenges most teens face - alienation from peers, search for acceptance, grief, family dysfunction, and, of course, romantic longing. The character also experiences something few of us will ever understand - psychic visions - but rather than asking readers to simply suspend disbelief, the 'visions' are introduced carefully, with the main character herself and all those around her trying to deny the truth of them, thus driving not only the suspense, but the relationships of all the characters in the story. Readers will identify with the teenage angst, but will also be intrigued by the mature and subtley crafted mystery. The truth behind the visions, when revealed, is both plausible and timely, and should spark ongoing research and discussion among readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was an easy read. It kept my interest all through the book. The author has quite an imagination! I definately would reccommend this book to all ages to read. Great job!!!! I can't wait to read her next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although rated for teens, this book is a 'good read' for adults as well who enjoy suspense that has depth and developed characters. This author shows great skill for a first full length book and I am looking foward to 'Death at Deacon Pond' being a collector's item (I own a copy!)as she continues to establish her place among great writers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Death At Deacon Pond is good reading for any age. I am 77 years old and I couldn't put it down until I found the answer to the questions that Kerri had about her father's death. She encounters danger in her search for information about the circumstances surrounding his suicide. The story moves quickly and the characters are believalbe. One is easily involved in the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Death at Deacon Pond' is a non-stop, suspenseful thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish. The author builds a complex storyline, with interesting characters and shocking twists, resulting in a climatic ending. It's a first-rate literary experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Death at Deacon Falls is a non-stop, suspenseful thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish. The author builds a complex storyline, with interesting characters and shocking twists, resulting in a climatic ending. It is a first-rate literary experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast paced story with a main character that anyone who has ever been a teenager can relate to. I found I had a hard time putting it down but when I did return to it, I fell right back into the story. A great read!