The Remains in the Pond had me at page one and never lost me. The plot, the characters, the mystery and the excitement are all well defined and represented. I found myself lost in my reading as I was drawn further and further into what really happened at the "Pond" and where it would end. Ann Swann has me as a new fan as I am anxious to read more of her books. Mystery, romance, suspense and adventure is what you will find when you read The Remains in the Pond. There is just so much going on at once and all of it is connected, so I strongly urge you to read and enjoy this book for yourself. The Remains in the Pond is appropriate for young adults as well as older folks because it has a little of everything for everyone without being overly sexy, violent or using bad language. All I can say is read it and you won't be disappointed. "Trudy LoPreto"
Five Stars!If you enjoy a story that has twists, turns and surprises throughout, then The Remains in the Pond by Ann Swann is the perfect book for you. The way the writer has woven such detail into her characters and story lines is amazing. Each character is well constructed and the dialogue is perfect for each character. "Lesley Jones"
Suspenseful Read - Five Stars!
The Remains in the Pond is a gripping, suspenseful novel by Ann Swann. The reader is transported to West Texas and into the teenage lives of Gabi and her best friend, Asa, as they attend their senior prom together. I walked this journey with Gabi as she experienced the highs and lows of life, love and friendship, and betrayal. As I read, the image of Gabi, with her glasses and untamed hair, filled my vision. My heart skipped a beat each time she saw a shadow, or dirty water in the sink. I could hear and see the lightning and thunder storm high in the California mountains; and feel the sand between my toes on the sunny beaches as Gabi explored Reece's favourite places. The author shocked me with a betrayal at the end that I was not expecting. Well done, and I look forward to reading more from Ann Swann. Reviewed By Teresa Syms
The characters in this story are typical teenagers trying to find their way in a world they're not sure they fully understand yet. The character of Asa, a gay boy growing up in a small, rural West Texas town and the angst he felt about revealing his sexuality, was particularly poignant. I liked that Gabi, no matter how hard she tries, cannot walk away from and forget what happened that prom night. The author reminds us through this story that all our actions have consequences, and it is the "adult way" to take responsibility for those actions. As a coming of age novel, with a few twists and turns, I found this story a very satisfactory read.
"Grant Leishman, Reader's Favorites"