Skeleton Key

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Clay Thomas and his son, Tanner, have mind powers. Tanner is a happy-go-lucky college athlete. Clay is struggling to find purpose and meaning in his life until he meets Erika Payne. When he learns that Erika's husband, Adrian, disappeared seven years before in a tragic train crash and that her son has struggled with personal problems ever since, he decides to use his abilities to help her. With the aid of his son, the small-town police chief, and the despicable ghost of Adrian Payne, Clay seeks to find answers ...
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Overview

Clay Thomas and his son, Tanner, have mind powers. Tanner is a happy-go-lucky college athlete. Clay is struggling to find purpose and meaning in his life until he meets Erika Payne. When he learns that Erika's husband, Adrian, disappeared seven years before in a tragic train crash and that her son has struggled with personal problems ever since, he decides to use his abilities to help her. With the aid of his son, the small-town police chief, and the despicable ghost of Adrian Payne, Clay seeks to find answers that will bring closure and peace to Adrian's family. When Clay discovers the ghost's buried body, foul play is confirmed, but once the investigation begins, more questions arise than answers. Parapsychology, the supernatural, science, and human elements seem to clash as key characters become suspects, yet the ghost himself and the medical examiner don't seem to agree that there was a murder. While Adrian's horrible secrets are uncovered, so are the secrets of several suspects, all of whom believe in their own guilt. Lives are turned upside down as the father and son team expose the truth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461069003
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff LaFerney has been an English teacher for more than twenty-five years. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Davison, MI. Loving the Rain, Skeleton Key, and Bulletproof are his three stand-alone suspense and mystery novels in the Clay and Tanner Thomas series. He has also written Jumper, the first book in his time travelers' series, and has also been professionally editing books. He loves competing at sports, connecting to good books, and creating words that entertain others.
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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    If you enjoyed Loving the Rain, then I know you've been waiting

    If you enjoyed Loving the Rain, then I know you've been waiting with
    bated breath for Skeleton Key. But, you don't have to read Loving the
    Rain to understand this story. Skeleton Key continues the story of Clay
    Thomas and his son, Tanner. They're both more than a little battered
    following the loss of Clay's wife. But, grief has acted as mortar
    helping to bind Clay and Tanner, deepening their relationship. In
    Skeleton Key, Clay and Tanner Thomas are launched into an adventure that
    tests them in many ways, both physically and mentally. Tanner and Clay
    will help others unravel a heart-rending mystery. Skeleton Key has
    unique characters, a midget with unbelievable nimbleness, a squirrel and
    a ghost as well as others. Jeff LaFerny moves the story, aptly directing
    this unforgettable cast. This a faith-based novel but it's not over
    done or preachy. Skeleton Key is genuine surprise that will engage you
    and have you guessing every step of the way. Treat Skeleton Key for what
    it is, a gem in the vast offerings of novels. I have to say it again,
    Jeff LaFerny is a skilled writer. He uses his ability to manipulate the
    elements of mystery and paranormal like a skilled surgeon. This is a
    must read!! Reviewed by: Sallie Lundy-Frommer Author of Yesterday's
    Daughter

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    I was given this book from the author to give an honest review.

    I was given this book from the author to give an honest review.

    I truly enjoyed reading the Skeleton Key, it was a mystery type book with mind reading, ghosts, telekinesis, and hypnosis all pulled into one, with a little bit of romance added to the mix.

    Skeleton Key is about a man and his son. Clay and Tanner. Clay has lost his wife in which she was murdered and he has not really gotten over her death. Tanner is a college student who is a very likable character and plays college basketball. They both have powers which they seem to have a new power in this book. Clay is called upon by a friend to help another friend with the mysterious disappearance of her husband 7 years ago, not only to help her but to help himself to get over the death of his wife. Clay learns to love again and to trust others. Clay, Tanner, and Chief Hopper all work together to solve this murder and it has twist and turns and leave you wondering who dun-it.

    My favotie part in this whole book and it kept me laughing was when Jeff LaFerney decided to write in a midget or a little person as they like to be called. When Erika gave the description of Jasper (little person) kicking his self in the head I was actually imagining it happening. I could do nothing but laugh, Jasper's temper and him riding his little bike kept bringing on a fit of giggles with me.

    Skeleton Key has you from the first page, and will have you until the end. With this suspense-murder mystery on top of it being faith-based you are in for a ride.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

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    What a great follow-up to Loving the Rain in which a father and

    What a great follow-up to Loving the Rain in which a father and son have paranormal abilities and they have decided to do something with their unique abilities. You don’t have to read Loving the Rain to understand this story because the author explains what you need to know to go forward and the drama of this book starts out immediately and doesn’t stop until you solve the mystery at the end. I liked how the father and son work together in the story to help solve the problem while at the same time they teased each other; it’s more realistic than all work and no play. I haven’t read a lot of faith-based books before but I was surprised that the messages and references were subtle and not preachy. I was rather impressed that it did not preach to me about religion more (it hardly did at all) and it was refreshing that a mystery at this level had no swear words. There was some romance between the father and another one of the main characters but with the mystery they had to solve, that was part of the drama. What an unique cast of characters. The guilt and stories these individuals remembered over the years really says something about them. Sometimes we can't remember what we ate for supper last night, our own anniversaries but we can remember something traumatic. This is paranormal book, so beware of the ghost.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    When I read the dedication in the front of the book, something I

    When I read the dedication in the front of the book, something I usually don’t do, I just about got tears in my eyes and instinctively knew that as a reader, I’m in good hands with this author.

    “Skeleton Key” is unlike any suspense murder-mystery I’ve ever read before. Apart from the intriguing plot, the many questions, multiple suspects and accusations that keep the reader guessing, as well as the surprise ending, there were two elements – among many - that really stood out for me, and which I feel makes this an exceptional read.

    First, the father and son relationship between Clay and Tanner is amazing. Not only do both of them have parapsychological powers, but they also have a close bond which surpasses most others. Throughout the book they both discover new abilities and I admired the way in which Clay teaches Tanner how not to misuse his powers, while at the same time instilling sound principles and values in him, by doing so.

    Secondly - and this took me by complete surprise - there is a subtle, spiritual undertone to this story. I found this delightfully refreshing and at times re-read certain pages as the life-truths Clay were reminded of by Erica, also served as a reminder to me how easily we forget what to value in our lives. This, and a few more lessons in faith, were skillfully interwoven into the story.

    We are all left with different impressions from the same books we read, so with that said, I would like to share an excerpt taken from a nerve-wracking chapter in which Erica took Clay spelunking and he had to find his way in the dark as part of a lesson in faith. These words, in the context of the story, had a profound impact on me and I re-read it a couple of times.

    “When you’re not walking by faith, you stumble along on your hands and knees in fear of what you can’t see. What kind of way is that to live? I don’t think your problem is that you have a gift, Clay. I think you’re a person who is lacking faith.”

    This is the author’s second novel in which he continues the story of Clay and Tanner Thomas from his debut novel “Loving the Rain”, but it can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Enough is said in this book to make you curious about what happens in the first, but without making you feel that you are missing out on important details necessary to understand Clay and Tanner’s history and relationship.

    More to the point, “Skeleton Key” will get you thinking, it will make you laugh and cry, and it will make you stay up way after bedtime to read what happens next. It had all the elements necessary to keep me engrossed from start to finish. The good guys are likeable and the bad guys....well, they’re really bad. The romance is sweet and sincere, and overall I found it to be a gripping read. Next on my list is “Bulletproof” by this same author, who evidently puts a lot of thought and imagination into his work. A highly recommended 4 stars and two thumbs up for “Skeleton Key”!

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Though I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance, I decided to

    Though I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance, I decided to try a grown up book…lol! I’m sure glad I did! “Skelton Key” is a well written read. It captured me from the beginning. The full detail descriptions bring these characters to life, making them believable. Clay and his son, Tanner has special abilities, which I enjoyed reading about. They are asked to help a special case. In the mean time, Clay learns how to trust and love again. If you like books with a great mystery, suspense and a little bit of romance and humor, this book is for you!

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    Posted January 17, 2012

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