Tin Lily

Tin Lily

by Joann Swanson

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Overview

Just because you survive doesn't mean you're alive.

One moment fifteen-year-old Lily Berkenshire is sitting in her bedroom, favorite song blaring through her earbuds, history book open on her lap. The next, her alcoholic father is shooting and killing her mother. Then he's pointing the gun at Lily and pulling the trigger. Click. He's out of bullets.

For now.

When she moves to Seattle to live with her aunt, Lily retreats into peaceful, dissociative trances to escape the shattered nightmare that is her life. Soon, though, she discovers a beautiful boy who wants to take her out, a therapist who wants to help her heal and new friends who believe she can find wholeness again.

But her father wants something else entirely. He is hunting her and unless Lily confronts and heals the devastation inside her, she'll forfeit her life to a father determined to end it.

From the first shot to the final, terrifying showdown, Tin Lily is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990345305
Publisher: Tin Lily
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Joann Swanson was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, where she attended old Catholic schools with spooky boiler rooms and even spookier nuns. These things have understandably influenced her dark novels.

She now lives in Boise, ID with her husband and three spoiled feline divas. She works full time as an instructional designer, teaches two classes for a university and writes every chance she gets.

Besides writing, teaching and designing, Joann is an avid reader of just about every genre (plenty of YA, a smidge of Sci-Fi, buckets of horror, a dash of literary, even some graphic novels).

Occasionally Joann and her husband try to remember that work isn't everything and do a big vacation-so far, Victoria and Vancouver BC, Vegas, the Oregon coast and Maui. Someday they hope to go to Sunnydale, CA. Why? Because Hellmouth.

Tin Lily is Joann's first novel.

Website: crankyowlbooks.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Joann Swanson's Tin Lilycaptivating from the first sentence to the last. The main character, Lily Berkenshire, is a strong, captivating character who is trying to overcome blaming herself for her mother's death. A small detail of Lily's not answering a phone call from her alcoholic, abusive father haunts her. If only she answered the phone...A story of 2 generations of a family either overcoming being abused or succumbing to the abuse and believing it is "all my fault," Lily finds there is light at the end of the tunnel. Joann Swanson successfully portrays the healing process that Lily goes through so that she can not only survive but thrive as a complete person. Tin Lily moves quickly in a short time span. In the real world, it can take years to get to the point where Lily is at the end of the book. I didn't see this as a real flaw, just a way to keep the plot line moving at a gratifying pace. The reality of the long term process is seen through several of the well-written minor characters. Aunt Marge and Sam display a bravery, showing you don't have to be that learned behavior, while Hank, Lily's father, shows her the other side of the coin. The plot moved quickly for me, made sense as the author shares Lily's thoughts as to what she believed was happing in her life. I would definitely read more from Joann Swanson. ****this ARC copy was received from the author through a Goodreads giveaway. Expected publication date 14th July, 2014***