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Posted October 10, 2014
Tara Reed moves to the small town of Road's End after she inherits her Grandmother's house. As an artist, she sees what changes the house decor needs immediately. However, most of the changes she wants to make are in the garden. The array of tacky garden ornaments will definitely be going. Especially the hideous garden gnome. The creepy feeling she gets from the cement figure is only the beginning of a weird day. Tara heads to the local diner and introduces herself to the waitress. She knows something is up when the waitress's demeanor instantly changes, but puts it to the back of her mind when the handsome Sheriff, Jacob Tyler, helps with her temperamental car.
Jake Tyler is very much attracted to the newest resident in town. But having been burnt before he wants to take things slowly with Tara. A difficult task when she calls him most days to report local kids trying to spook her. He teases Tara about it but things take an ugly turn when her friends visit for a weekend. And it has nothing to do with the fact that her ex is among the group.
The Gnome is a very well written book that keeps the reader guessing throughout. It's creepy, full of suspense, has very descriptive and vivid scenes and I'm delighted I don't have garden ornaments! All in all, a very enjoyable read.
Posted December 2, 2013
Posted February 22, 2013
Posted April 30, 2012
Tara Reed inherits her grandmother's house, nestled on a hill on the small hamlet of Road's End. Upon her arrival she's greeted by a garden gnome and other taciturn lawn decorations, and for a reason she can't explain they give her a feeling of unease. Being a down on her luck artist and needing a place to live she decides she'll get used to it for now and fix it later. She meets a new friend in the form of the town's sheriff, Jacob Tyler, and learns the discerning truth behind her grandmother's passing; something darker than a heart attack and deeper than natural. A feeling of unease begins to fill her nights and Tara is convinced somebody's trying to play a prank her. Needing a feeling of comfort her friends come visit for a weekend of fun and companionship. To late, they soon find out that its not a prank; no, its searingly more sinister than that. It's wicked and it wants to play.
A very nice slow building suspense that explodes into a panoply of horror, suspense, and the supernatural. I'm not saying the novel moves slowly, the pacing is smooth and flows quite well. It's the build up that goes slow, a bump here, a giggle there, the right ambiance for the story being told.
I enjoyed the book immensely, and hope Lauralynn decides to travel this genre more often.