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Dark Water Paperback – July 31, 2012

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About the Author

Chynna Laird is a psychology major, freelance writer and author living in Edmonton, Alberta, with her partner, Steve, and their three daughters--Jaimie, Jordhan and Sophie--and beautiful boy, Xander. Chynna's passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder and other special needs.

You'll find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational, Christian and other writing publications in Canada, United States, Australia and Britain. In addition, she's authored an award-winning children's book (I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD), two memoirs (the multi award-winning Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a young adult novel (Blackbird Flies), an adult suspense thriller (Out Of Sync), and a young adult paranormal suspense (Dark Water).

Please visit Chynna's website at www.chynna-laird-author.com, as well as her blogs at www.the-gift-blog.com and www.seethewhiteelephants.com, to get a feel for her work and what inspires her.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192699776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926997766
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,806,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book!! From the first page I was sucked into an amazing story not only of creepy happenings but also one of acceptance and understanding between siblings and friends! When your parents are gone and the world is rushing in at you, you can only depend on family and close friends and through the hardships and unforeseeable twists this story held that together. 5 stars for Dark Waters.
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This is a story about a mother that went missing and a daughter that was determined to find out what happened to her.
Very well written and a very enjoyable story to read. I could not put it down once i started reading it. I would highly recommend this book to all readers.
I will be looking for more from this author. Thank you Chynna for being so good at what you do.
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The key concepts of this book are as follows: teenage girl protagonist; dead father; missing (presumed dead) mother; mute sister; anxious grandparents; holiday by lake; looney neighbour with cute teenage son. All these concepts are pulled together by the mystery of the missing mother. Is she dead? If so, who killed her and how?

Actually the mystery of the mother is combined with a family drama about coping and loving. Throw in some teenage angst too - though not too much.

I enjoyed this book. It missed the 5 stars from me purely because of my tastes in novel construction rather than the author's ability. (i.e. 1) The author spent about a third of the novel focusing on the daughter-grandparent-sister dynamics which I know some people will really love but which did little for me personally, 2) the ending felt a bit like that of a television mystery rather than a novel). I generaly felt that the author constructed a believable environment (even though there is a supernatural element) with sympathetic characters. The dialogue was good, the writing style clear, the plot linear and understandable. Indeed, I finished the novel feeling satisfied.

If you enjoy mysteries with sentimentality then this is for you. Buy. Enjoy.
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Dark water is a story of Freesia, a young girl who's mother has been missing for a year and her sister Sage who hasn't spoken since her mother's disappearance. Freesia's loving grandparents are caring for her and her sister and take them to their cabin on the lake where they all have fond memories. Freesia's mother was a psychologist and was treating some military men when she went missing. Clues about the mother's disappearence keep surfacing as Freesia tries to piece together what happened to her mother. No one is telling her all the details of the investigation so she works on it herself since she was her mother's assistant and frequently worked on the psychologist files.

This was a very decent story. Great characters that are well developed and a good mystery.
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Chynna Laird has filled this many-faceted book with a story that mirrors so much of life and cuts very deeply into subjects relevant today. Suspenseful and compelling yet heart-warming. A young mother disappears shortly after her husband is killed on a peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan and the book centers around her family, her friends, and even the community where the family summers every year. Many of the lake campers start talking about an old Indian legend about the Watcher of the Lake. Clues are found, but they confuse the issue even more. Some are locked away in the mind of her youngest daughter, Sage, who has not spoken a word since her mother disappeared.

This is but a small issue in a larger one because Sage suffers from a specific type of SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). Her mother is/was a clinical psychologist, well versed in taking care of her younger child all while teaching her older daughter Freesia what works, what doesn't, and how to calm Sage in one of her terrors. Freesia is 16 years old as the story begins one year after her mother's disappearance and the girls are living with their grandparents. Fortunately for them, they are in a good family situation with their grandparents. Full of fun and mischief, yet caring and comforting, they too are able to work with Sage. When a lone girl who seems familiar begins to show up watching Freesia more than she is comfortable with, they finally have it out and become friendly in a way. Mizu wants to help look for clues.

Readers may feel they have a grip on who committed the crime, now upgraded from a disappearance. But there are so many possibilities. The peace-keepers on the mission with Freesia's father all have issues. All have been treated by her mother for PTSD.
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Great story that captures your attention from the get-go. The main character, Fressia, is so wonderfully portrayed that you feel you know her personally. You can feel the pain she feels with the emotional distress her sister, Sage, is experiencing. Wanting to know what happened to her mother, leads Freesia down the paths of the past of both her missing mother and deceased father.
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I love the story, love the writing and the characters love the twist at the end though I think it was to sudden and fast but it was good.

It kept me in suspense all the way to the end and I keep asking my self if I really was that wrong in to "knowing" who had done it (the act of cowardice the story begins with)

I love the way Freesia, the main character treats her little sister and cares for her in the absence of their parents and also the relationship both girls have with their grandparents.

Also like the legend about the lake and the watcher and how in this "supernatural" action story justice is obtain and harmony is restore.

I like the way the writer speaks/exposes the hardship of the mental struggles service men and women for that instance go through and have to deal with after a horrendous event and how their families struggle with the reconnecting of the love-one that returns from hell(war).

Though the story doesn't focus in that matter 100 % it gives a sparkle of the obstacles these men go through and also gives us, the readers and ample view of what we could do to help if we know people that are going through the adjustment of adapting to our "normal life" or the support we can give their families.
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