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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press; 1st edition (May 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432724746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432724740
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,559,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With a passion for writing, Award winning author Tamera Lawrence likes to entertain readers with edgy thrillers and mysteries. As a mother of six, Tamera draws on personal experiences to bring to life interesting characters set in today's complex world. She loves meeting fans and writes book reviews upon request.
Tamera also likes to play softball and clang out a tune or two on the piano.
Books include: THE POND, BEFORE I WAKE, GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: A PENNHURST HAUNTING & WRECKER

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I can't wait to for Lawrence's next book.
Jennifer Chase
What a great story with all the mystery and paranormal you could want!
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As in any good story, the plot starts twisting.
Barbara Milbourn

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
The death of then eight-year-old Carl Weber in an icy cold pond twenty-five years earlier was a tragedy that left the mansion on Gray's pond vacant until now. In this novel a descendant of the deceased boy move to the mansion where once lived. Exploring his past as his wife and daughter get to know the odd old couple next door, Michael Adams, and his family begin to encounter strange unexplainable happenings that eventually cannot be ignored. In this thriller, Author Tamera Lawrence leads you on a tale of uncovering the sometimes-unpleasant truth. Was the death of Carl Weber and accident or was there something more sinister going on? An enjoyable relaxed read that will you have you guessing as the characters discover the truth will keep you turning the pages. Mystery and paranormal lovers will enjoy this book as well as those who enjoy a good story about a family discovering it's past and all the secrets that go with it. Recommended for young adult and up.

Tonya Thul-Theis
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Milbourn on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
First-time author and mystery/thriller aficionado Tamera Lawrence has taken a true story told to her by her mother and put her own spin on it.

A boy drowns in a pond near his home in rural Pennsylvania--an innocent, nearly friendless boy. Twenty-five years later the first chapter begins across the road when the drowned boy's only friend returns to the area with his wife and seven-year-old daughter to live in the house he grew up in.

It's a grand old estate. His mother died there and left it to him, her only child. His wife has put her own personal stamp on it which meets with everyone's approval--or maybe not. Things swiftly turn creepy when objects fall, break, move, or splatter for no apparent reason. It might just be overactive imaginations triggered by the silence or the emptiness of the countryside. Incidents come and go and the pleasant family dynamics unfurl between this small-town dentist husband and his loving, helpful wife and daughter as they try to get comfortable with rural life and their neighbors.

The neighbors across the way are friendly, particularly Fanny, who Mike has known from boyhood and who is the area's premiere pie-baker. Everyone knows Fanny and her husband for her pies and hard work and for their outreach as foster parents during the time Mike was a boy. One of his old friends, and now dental patient, was one of the children they fostered.

As in any good story, the plot starts twisting. Things pop up in attics, and bedrooms, and barns. People aren't always as they appear to be. A clue is uncovered here, a voice may heard there, and the chills begin to roll. You turn the lights up brighter if you're home alone and reading in the dark.

Tamera Lawrence has spun a prickly and entertaining tale. She's pulled the reader in to her native state and introduced them to a sparse, but diverse cast of characters and events that evokes a sense of dread and hoped-for resolve. The Pond is a good first effort.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Tomarelli on June 1, 2009
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What a wonderful, engaging novel by Tammy Lawrence--"The Pond" is a fast-moving,edge-of-your-seat mystery with lots of dialogue and family dynamics to add to the tension. I couldn't help but think of various theories of my own to solve the mystery of what REALLY happened at the pond, and was engaged all the way through to the end. I think you will be surprised with the ending, too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Chase on March 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Eight-year-old Carl Weber met his untimely death twenty-five years earlier when he fell through the ice of a winter pond one fateful winter evening. Mystery and strange happenings still shroud his tragic death. Mike Adams, his wife, and seven-year-old daughter inherit the beautiful estate across the street from the pond and it doesn't take long for strange and unsettling events to begin to happen. There are family secrets that don't seem to want to stay hidden. The odd elderly couple that reside in the farmhouse across the street seem to be mixed up somehow in the paranormal events and ghostly apparitions now plaguing the Adams family.

"The Pond" is an engaging mystery that weaves a wonderful balance of mystery, suspense, paranormal occurrences, and hidden family secrets. There is a wonderful array of characters that breathes depth and realism to help keep the reader completely caught up in the story. I really felt at times that I was almost a part of the family.

All of the unsettling events ultimately take you on a ghostly and chilling ride right up to the end. Lawrence writes a solid story that mystery and paranormal fans will love. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great and entertaining read. I can't wait to for Lawrence's next book.

-Jennifer Chase, author of thriller Compulsion
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