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Faces Behind the Stones Paperback – January 19, 2012
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About the Author
Fran Lewis: Fran worked in the NYC Public Schools as the Reading and Writing Staff Developer for over 36 years. She has three masters degrees and a PD in Supervision and Administration. Currently, she is a member of Who's Who of America's Teachers and Who's Who of America's Executives from Cambridge. In addition, she is the author of three children's books and a fourth that has just been published on Alzheimer's disease in order to honor her mom and help create more awareness for a cure. The title of my new Alzheimer’s book is Memories are Precious: Alzheimer’s Journey; Ruth’s story She was the musical director for shows in her school and ran the school's newspaper. Fran writes reviews for authors upon request and for several other sites. You can read some of my reviews on Ezine.com and on ijustfinished.com under the name Gabina. I am a member of Whos Who of Americas Teachers and Whos Who of America’s Executives and Professionals on Cambridge. I review books for authors upon request. My goal is to get my books published by a traditional publisher and on the shelves of every school library, hospital and bookstore. I host two radio shows on Blog Talk Radio. Book Discussion with Fran Lewis is on Blog Talk every third Wednesday of the month from three to five eastern. My children’s author’s show is four times a year. I host online book blogs and book tours for authors and I review books for authors throughout the world. I have published six books the last Because We Care in memory of my sister Marcia. The proceeds going to find the cause and cure for Alzheimer’s. My websites are: www.gabina49.webs.com email@example.com www.allgenrereviews.blogspot.com
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We can all be grateful that non-fiction writer, reviewer, blogger, and radio host Fran Lewis has taken a plunge into the world of horror fiction. Reading those seven stories about murder and suicide just about scared the daylights out of me. The characters are so real that I could very clearly hear their voices speaking to me from their graves. They were talking to me, just like the ghost in Shakespeare's Hamlet talked to his son. This is what happened to me, those voices were saying. I need for someone to know the truth. Please, be my witness. Perhaps having so recently lost four of our family members (albeit to natural causes) has made me more predisposed to believe that the dead can speak. If you agree with me or not, still, I guarantee any reader of this collection a sleepless night. Or worse. Perchance to dream, as Hamlet feared?
Besides the stories in this book, I also love the cover art! The gravestones are tall structures, and in the background is a face half-hidden in the mist. Is it a young girl? Is it a woman? It's lovely. It's sad. It's dead! I can almost hear the dogs barking. Or is it wolves howling? Just looking at the book cover lets you know that you're in for the fright of your life. Good job, Robert Hunyor; and well-chosen, Fran Lewis!
Besides the mysteries told in these stories, there is another--very real--mystery to this book. At least to me! The author dedicates her collection to the memory of her beloved sister, Marcia Wallach, who died unexpectedly and much too young. While Ms. Lewis tells us that this is a work of fiction, she also tells us that the events described in her stories are based on facts. Written with enough changes to protect the guilty, Ms. Lewis? While reading these stories, I was trying to deduce where reality ends and fiction begins. Or as MJ Walsh says in the book's Prologue: "Hear my voice. Listen to my story and you decide: natural causes or murder?" Is my imagination running wild or might MJ Walsh be Marcia Wallach?
Well, here I am, right back to my Shakespearean analogy. As Hamlet said, "The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King." So now, as I think back to some of the stories in this collection, here is my question. Is there possibly a treacherous King Claudius in the author's life, whose conscience she's trying to catch with her fiction based on true events?
"I have heard,
That guilty creatures sitting at a play
Have by the very cunning of the scene
Been struck so to the soul that presently
They have proclaimed their malefactions
For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ."
Fran Lewis does speak with most miraculous organ about murder. And if my hunch, and Shakespeare's prediction about the guilty, is correct, there might very well be a sequel to "Faces Behind the Stones."
Each character tells his or her own story. Often, the reader is left wondering--murder or suicide? All the people are forgotten, their graves ignored by the living, their graves overgrown. Why did these people have to die?
Sadly, none of the dead seemed to matter to the people they left behind. There is no one to grieve for them except a lone stranger who picks her way through the deserted cemetery.
Faces Behind the Stones is an incredible collection of stories, each more eerie and spine tingling than the last. Fran Lewis' style is chatty and easy to read. The reader feels drawn into the characters as if they really are the ones speaking.
I highly recommend this creepy compilation and look forward to the other books in the series.
Below is a short review of the first tale in the collection: "Murder Through the Eyes of a Dead Woman"
MJ, a beautiful and successful woman in her 60's, has a secret past that only she and a handful of people know about. She works for a doctor's office and often goes in early and stays late. One day, she thinks she's being followed. The feeling of being stalked doesn't go away, it worsens. She wonders who's following her and why. Has her past caught up with her? Or is something more insidious awaiting her?
Faces Behind the stones is a collection of short stories about people who are buried in a desolate graveyard that matches the desolation of their former lives. All the stories are of people who have either been murdered or have found another way out from under. The reader can't help but feel sympathy for these poor souls as they were unfairly treated in life and felt desperation. These are not light stories but Ms. Lewis writes them with compassion and urges the readers to listen to the stories and judge for themselves. I found myself a little bit teary after reading the book but felt the compassion for the characters. I like the epilogues after each story which gives a bit of background and factual information about suicide prevention as an example. I give this book 5 grave stones for poignancy.