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Death at Deacon Pond by E.M. Alexander

Death at Deacon PondKerri Langston has visions. She had them after her father died, leading her to believe he didn’t commit suicide. And now she’s having them about Mark Travers, the dead man she stumbled upon in the woods near Deacon Pond. But somehow, these new visions are connected to the ones about her father. Kerri is no longer content to let the police do their work; she wants to investigate for herself.

This choice propels her into a dangerous situation. She’s caught several times by the crime scene by Officer Roberts, the father of her best friend and her father’s partner, before her father died. Kerri’s mother is uncomfortable with Kerri’s interaction with the police because she still can’t get over her husband’s death. Seth, the son of Officer Roberts, tries to warn Kerri to stay away from the crime scene, but Kerri doesn’t listen; she wants to find the truth about everything. But what will it cost her?

Death at Deacon Pond was a very exciting murder mystery. Kerri’s visions are unusual when places out of context of the story, but they seem completely natural in this novel. I felt that there wasn’t adequate characterization for everyone except Kerri, but then again, Kerri is the main character. Many times, scenes sprung up on my which can be both good and bad: it’s good to have unpredictability in mysteries, but sometimes it just seemed implausible. Nonetheless, Death at Deacon Pond kept me on the edge of my seat; it wasn’t exactly 100% high action, but there was a good dosage of it. I loved how all the events and characters connected at the end, which is fantastic for all mysteries. I was completely engrossed during the several hours it took me to read this.

If you love a good suspenseful novel involving mystery and murder, Death at Deacon Pond is a good choice for you. Also, if you liked The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson, you will like this book too. Fans of the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz will find that Kerri has many similarities with Stacey Brown and her visions but minus the magical aspect. I definitely recommend this fast-paced and exciting book to all readers.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from author E.M. Alexander

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Hope. said...

Hmm.. haven't read a good murder mystery in a while. I'll have to check it out. :D

hope.

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