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Kelli Sue Landon is a short story author and mystery novelist, mainly the New Adult genre. Her other novels include Sudden Moves, Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood, Summer Shack (A Killer Vacation), Stranded In Time and The Henderson Harbor Killings (Summer Shack Prequel). She is from Peoria, IL and works for the U.S. Postal Service. More information at kellisuelandon.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499202822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499202823
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,295,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelli Sue Landon was born in Peoria, Illinois. She is a short story author and mystery novelist. The themes of her novels are written in the New Adult and YA genre, centering around characters at the age of eighteen, either graduating high school or starting college. They are NOT suitable for children. The themes of her books all involve some sort of trip taken within the story. Her mystery novels include Sudden Moves, Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood, Summer Shack: A Killer Vacation, The Henderson Harbor Killings (Summer Shack prequel), and Stranded In Time, which is also downloadable in audio book at Audible.com. Her latest novel, A Very Postal Christmas (A cozy whodunit/parody of the US Postal Service) is based on her place of employment and some of her co-workers. Thank you to the crazies at the USPS for this inspiration!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Kimberly and Deborah are happy that High School is now behind them. Now they can plan their lives their way. Deb invites Kim to spend a month with her at her parents' cottage in Wisconsin. The girls are excited, after all they are now masters of their own souls. There is only one thing Deb requires and that is for Kim to help her film a documentary of the area. She wants it for a pre college project. Kim doesn't think that is a bad price to pay for an entire month of fun.

Soon after arriving, the girls were surprised to hear about the arrest of a serial killer. It was both scary and exciting to them and as they hear more and more stories from the locals, Deb decides this story would make a better film. Deb decides that being the first to film inside the killer's beach house, where the bodies were, would seal the films success. But what will happen to the girls and their friends as they go places they should never be?

I enjoyed this book. The author did a very good job of bringing forth the characters and the part they played in the storyline using the different personalities in Kim, Deb and their two friends. Each young lady brought to the table an element that helped bring the story alive and keep it flowing. She also did a nice job in her description of the locals and the local people. You wondered (and that is what you should be doing) just how each one fit into the mystery that was growing. As usual, I did not see the ending coming and I was surprised. All in all it was a smooth flowing read, had elements of surprise and definitely suspense. The story also addressed some issues that young girls may be facing and it had a great ending.

This book delivered and I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on March 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kelli Sue Landon has done it once again. She has created a young adult novel that will hold its readers on the edge of their seat to finish it. Most teens will be able to identify with these characters. We've all had friends who moved on without us because we no longer fit into their mold. It may have been due to finances as in this case. When Deb started hanging out with a richer class of kids, Kim no longer fit in. She was a good old stand-by when Deb's wealthy friends were unavailable. Maybe that is why Kim was invited to spend the summer with Deb at her parents Wisconsin retreat.

Both girls have great plans for their futures. Kim wants to be a famous chef. She has known this ever since her mother ran out on them when they were younger and she had to take over the household duties. Deb has always wanted to be a journalist. In years past Kim was the one behind the camera filming Deb doing the "reporting".

Upon arriving in Wisconsin the girls go to eat at a local diner and learn of the arrest of a local serial killer. This is when Deb's plans to make a documentary about the area changes. She wants to film inside the killers beach cottage and maybe get inside his head. Her decisions put not only herself and Kim's lives in danger but also the lives of two of her local friends.

Like all of her books, you think you have it all figured out and then the twists and turns take you some place else. I can't wait to put this on my shelves at school. This is another great book that many of my students will be able to relate to.

I will recommend this book and will look forward to reading whatever she comes out with next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather (Davidson) Maneiro on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Deb and Kim haven't really hung out since elementary school, in fact, since shortly after Kim's mother left her family. Deb is now part of the "in-crowd". Out of the blue, Deb invites Kim to her cottage for the summer - no parents included! Kim accepts the invitation - hoping for one last chance to repair their friendship. They are even going to spend the time doing what they used to do way back in elementary school - making movies - a documentary about the area.

Shortly after arriving, the girls start hearing the town gossip about a recent serial killer. Deb decides to change the focus of their documentary - no longer a quiet survey of the area - but true investigation of the killer and his family.

Things get a little complicated on both fronts when Deb's ex-boyfriend, Rusty, shows up. Kim discovers the real reason she (and not Deb's popular friends) was invited on this trip. Rusty turns up everywhere - sending Deb into moods, and ruining their plans.

Since the is my first first-read, I really wanted to love it, but I found a few problems. There were a few editing issues - missing words and odd verbiage. Almost the entire story was told in dialogue, which I didn't really care for. Finally, so many side stories made for a rather rushed and awkward tie-up. YA mystery fans may enjoy this as a light-read, but fans of more adult mystery series may have a hard time pushing through.

I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynnette A. Phillips on December 26, 2011
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Young Adult who-dun-it author Kelli Sue Landon has delivered another winner!

Every high-school grad looks forward to spreading their wings and what's better than their first vacation without Mom & Dad? Deb and Kim are looking forward to the beach parties, making a documentary on their own and long hours of doing nothing but dreaming of the future and college. Deb's going to become a filmmaker, Kim dreams of becoming a famous chef.

Then their summer documentary leads them into a web of secrets complete with skeletons in the closet and danger.

Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood: A Young Adult Whodunit
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