The Pondby Tamera Lawrence
Do the Adamses have more to fear from the living or the dead?
"He grabbed the edge of the ice, clinging desperately. Murky water filled his boots, becoming as weighted anchors. Numbing cold squeezed his limbs as he tried to scream for help. But his chest hurt. It was hard to breathe. His heart beat wildly in his thin chest. Water seeped inside his clothing/b>
Do the Adamses have more to fear from the living or the dead?
"He grabbed the edge of the ice, clinging desperately. Murky water filled his boots, becoming as weighted anchors. Numbing cold squeezed his limbs as he tried to scream for help. But his chest hurt. It was hard to breathe. His heart beat wildly in his thin chest. Water seeped inside his clothing, his skin turned to ice. He stared up at the sky. The ice cracked again, creating fragments of drifting sheets. As his glove caught on the jagged edge, his hand slid out. Dark water swirled over him as he began to sink into the frigid depths of the black void."
Twenty-five years have passed since eight-year-old Carl Weber drowned in Gray's Pond, and now one member of the Adams family has returned to Kimberton, Pennsylvania, to reside once again in the old mansion. It is time for Mark Adams to revisit his past, and for his wife Donna and daughter, Kim, to become acquainted with their neighbors, a rather odd old couple who own the farm next door.
Each day, however, brings strange occurrences, increasing paranormal activity, till it becomes agonizingly clear that ghosts of the past are trying to make their presence known. As the search for the truth be.
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Book Review Title: The Pond Author: Tamera Lawrence ISBN Number: 978-1-4327-2474-0 Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. Genre and Target Market: Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: 2008 Pages: 361 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 road when the drowned boy¿s only friend, Mike 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 imaginations triggered by the silence or 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 and daughter as they try to get comfortable with rural life and their neighbors. The neighbors across the way are friendly, particularly 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 they 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. Reviewed by Barbara Milbourn, a writer and editor in Nashville, TN
Eight-year-old Carl Weber met his untimely death twenty-five years earlier when he fell through the ice of a winter pond one fateful winter evening. Mystery and strange happenings still shroud his tragic death. Mike Adams, his wife, and seven-year-old daughter inherit the beautiful estate across the street from the pond and it doesn't take long for strange and unsettling events to begin to happen. There are family secrets that don't seem to want to stay hidden. The odd elderly couple that reside in the farmhouse across the street seem to be mixed up somehow in the paranormal events and ghostly apparitions now plaguing the Adams family. "The Pond" is an engaging mystery that weaves a wonderful balance of mystery, suspense, paranormal occurrences, and hidden family secrets. There is a wonderful array of characters that breathes depth and realism to help keep the reader completely caught up in the story. I really felt at times that I was almost a part of the family. All of the unsettling events ultimately take you on a ghostly and chilling ride right up to the end. Lawrence writes a solid story that mystery and paranormal fans will love. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great and entertaining read. I can't wait to for Lawrence's next book. -Jennifer Chase, author of thriller Compulsion
Mystery and paranormal lovers will enjoy this book, September 12, 2008
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The death of then eight-year-old Carl Weber in an icy cold pond twenty-five years earlier was a tragedy that left the mansion on Gray's pond vacant until now. In this novel a descendant of the deceased boy move to the mansion where once lived. Exploring his past as his wife and daughter get to know the odd old couple next door, Michael Adams, and his family begin to encounter strange unexplainable happenings that eventually cannot be ignored. In this thriller, Author Tamera Lawrence leads you on a tale of uncovering the sometimes-unpleasant truth. Was the death of Carl Weber and accident or was there something more sinister going on? An enjoyable relaxed read that will you have you guessing as the characters discover the truth will keep you turning the pages. Mystery and paranormal lovers will enjoy this book as well as those who enjoy a good story about a family discovering it's past and all the secrets that go with it. Recommended for young adult and up.
Reviewed by Fran L. for Readers Favorite Eight-year-old Carl Weber died for no reason. When his mom dropped him off at his friend Mike's house, the maid slammed the door in his face and left this poor child out in the cold. Hoping to find his way home, he decided to cut through what he thought was a frozen pond, only to meet a cold and frigid death. Twenty-five years later, when Mike Adams, his wife Donna, and seven-year-old daughter Kim move into his late mother's mansion, unexplainable things begin to happen leading back to Carl's death: things fall, break, and spill for no apparent reason, and the silence of the countryside is deafening. What is really behind his death and what is behind the unusual occurrences in this town? Author Tamera Lawrence delivers an ending that is filled with strange and unusual surprises and a clever twist that you won't expect. Not only are the characters well defined, strong and believable, but they blend together creating a compelling, heartbreaking story. Great read for those who enjoy a good mystery.
"Enjoyable Read!" THE POND Author: Tamera Lawrence Since childhood, Mike Adams has had a guilty conscience about the accidental death of his best friend Carl. After arranging a play date with Carl at his home, Mike's family was called out of town due to a death in the family. The Adams' servant who answered the door sent young Carl away in the middle of a raging snow storm. Carl's mom dropped Carl off on her way to an appointment, and was not scheduled to return for several hours. Carl decides to walk home. Carl takes a short cut through Fanny's Farm.. Thinking that the pond was frozen solid Carl begins to cross the pond, and the semi-frozen pond cracks. Carl goes under and drowns. When the Adams family returns home, it several days before Mike learns of his buddy's death. Carl's death is not spoken of in the Adams' home and Mike's knowledge of what happened is limited to information garnered from conversations that overhears. When Mike returns to the family mansion, with his own family, and begins asking questions, unexplained events begin to happen. After the occurrence of a number of inexplicable events, Mike begins to suspect that his elderly neighbors the Grays are connected to both Carl's drowning and the strange events occurring at his home. The Pond is a rated PG tale of suspense. The lack of violence, explicit sex, and profanity makes The Pond an enjoyable read for young adults as well as mature adults. The paranormal ending was a surprising twist. Paranormal and Fantasy are very popular among young adult readers. The author maintains suspense throughout the story by slowly doling out information. Reviewer: BookLady
This ghost story is woven around a weird set of neighbors, who are hiding a secret that they don't want the Adam's family to discover. With its paranormal aspect, it delivers all the bumps and chills along the way as you will discover the mystery surrounding THE POND. Great Read. Can't wait for the next book! Tim
A small boy drowns in a Pennsylvania pond, enters the ranks of the ghostly and seemingly returns decades later to haunt the family indirectly responsible for his demise. The following plot disclosure gives nothing away, as it happens in the prologue-Carl Weber, a poor boy dropped off across town at the palatial estate of a wealthy playmate, drowns in a private pond adjacent to the property. The rest of the novel follows Michael Adams-the wealthy playmate in question-who, a few decades later, is well into a robust dental practice. Mike is married to the extra-loyal Donna and is the happy father of seven-year-old Kim, when his fairly wicked mother passes away and leaves him the estate. He soon learns the difficulties of mansion ownership-updating the kitchen, removing the thick, dust-covered drapes and dealing with Kim's invisible and slightly aggrieved new undead playmate. Lawrence mixes things up with a particularly un-neighborly and meddlesome next-door couple, yet the plot holds few surprises. The author is a step ahead of her peers when evoking the daily routines of rural life, and there's potential in the material, especially in the forking paths taken by Rich Mike and Poor Carl. A few good ingredients in an undercooked ghost story. Kirkus Discoveries