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The Summer We Lost Alice [NOOK Book]

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The defining moments of young Ethan Opochensky's life occurred during the summer he spent with his cousin Alice in the small, rural town of Meddersville. Three children disappeared that summer, his cousin among them. Nine-year-old Ethan believes he knows the killer, but his story is so fanciful, it is dismissed out of hand.

Twenty-five years later, children are once again disappearing in Meddersville. Ethan returns to Meddersville to separate ...
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The Summer We Lost Alice

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Overview

The defining moments of young Ethan Opochensky's life occurred during the summer he spent with his cousin Alice in the small, rural town of Meddersville. Three children disappeared that summer, his cousin among them. Nine-year-old Ethan believes he knows the killer, but his story is so fanciful, it is dismissed out of hand.

Twenty-five years later, children are once again disappearing in Meddersville. Ethan returns to Meddersville to separate fact from childish fantasy, to discover the truth behind Alice's disappearance, and to bring her killer to justice.

The Summer We Lost Alice is a story of loss and grief, of courage, of family, and ultimately, of healing and the triumph of an enduring spirit.

Full length novel. Contains paranormal elements, a trace of mild language, no explicit sex.
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Editorial Reviews

TracyRiva.com - Kathryn Lamee
Hands down, one of my most favorite reads this year. The Summer We Lost Alice is everything I love in a book- mystery, depth of characters and plot, a hint of the paranormal, and a solid ending. I love, absolutely love, getting to the end of a book and feeling hope in my own self that has translated so clearly from the hope felt by the author's pen for these characters.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015701586
  • Publisher: Jan Strnad
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 10,100
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jan Strnad contracted the writing bug as an adolescent when he typed out the short story, "The Available Data on the Worp Reaction" by Lion Miller. Looking at the typewritten pages, he thought, "I can do this!" and determined that, when the time came, he would make his living as a writer.

He began his professional career by writing comics, then moved from his home town of Wichita, Kansas, to Los Angeles where he became a staff writer for Disney Television Animation. He worked for most of the Hollywood studios, including Sony/Columbia, Warner Bros., Universal, MGM and others before turning his attention to becoming a novelist.

His first published novel was "Risen," a supernatural thriller, now out of print, which has been resurrected as an ebook. With his second novel, "The Summer We Lost Alice," he went directly to self-publishing.

He is a lover of dogs, estimating that a hundred or more dogs have passed through his household, most of them as fosters awaiting adoption. He has an inexplicable fondness for 1950s science fiction movies and is fascinated by the workings and failings of the human brain.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Excellent read!

    This is a must read for those who enjoy mystery and suspense with an overlay of the supernatural. It is the first book of Strnad's I have read and I could not put it down. Imagine me at 3:00 AM promising myself just one more page time after time - only to finish the book as the sky welcomes the dawn.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    hms39

    Extremely well written and very engrossing

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book.  It kept me entertained and wonderin

    I really enjoyed this book.  It kept me entertained and wondering what was going to happen next.  I look forward to reading other books by this author.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. This

    Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. This book would make a great movie. The author had the right combination of characters human and canine. It is a roller coaster ride of the unexpected. I would love to read a sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Strangest book I've ever loved!

    Cannot describe how absolutely cool this book was! So many unexpected moments...at the top of the roller coaster one minute, and suddenly there's a sharp turn, or a plunge. This was one I didn't want to put down, but was both relieved and sad when I turned the last page. Really good story! Review by CherishD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Good start, middle and ending, not so much

    Loved the beginning and was ready for a good "who-done-it".
    The story tanked when it went from the summer alice was taken to present day. Huge disappointment. My advice- don't waste your time or money on this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Very well written

    Very good story with good character development and lots of twists!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    EXCELLENT

    Great book I could not put it down
    A thrilling must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    WONDERFUL... (bw)

    I was very unsure as to whether I wanted to read this book. The idea of missing children nearly put me off. I'm so glad I did read it. The 'good' characters were excellently written...and the 'bad' ones were as well, since they really kept me guessing!

    Thank you for the excellent book...but thank you especially for Boo. I'll miss him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Very entertaining

    A poignant look back at childhood and bonding relationships. Quick turns will take you down unexpected roads, but the outcome is worth the trip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Fun to read

    This book was exciting and hard to put down. However I was disappointed when a third of the way through I discovered it was about witchcraft and what I think is called paranormal or supernatural. But if you want a quick, easy and fun to read this would do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Great book

    Really well written. Great story line. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Loved!

    What an enjoyable read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    DUMB

    Dont even bother....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Fun read

    Really really enjoyed till it went all super natual-but still worth the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Nice, tight read

    Well written.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book! Hated for it to end!

    I absolutely loved this book! Hated for it to end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Fun, quick read.

    Hard to put down. Nice summer reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Good

    This was a good book, i couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Couldnt put it down

    Loved the book. i could not put it down.. even in parts where i found myself rolling my eyes at heather and what she was claiming (dont want to spoil it). I read the book so fast.. i kept wanting to know if my suspicions were correct and what was going to happen next

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