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This compelling novel, set once again in the heartland of America, pairs two unlikely friends in a dark tale of seduction and murder. It is May Caldwell's sixteenth summer, and life couldn't be more dull in Linwood, Iowa. Vaguely suicidal and haunted by half-remembered scenes from her early childhood, May is a girl waiting for her life to happen. And happen it does with th ...more
ebook, 212 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by Foreverland Press (first published 1995)
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Allison
Oct 30, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Frankie Crane takes a small town by storm when she travels from Kentucky to Iowa to visit her "foster" family. Mrs. Caldwell sent donations to Frankie for seventeen years, so to who else would Frankie turn when she had nowhere to go? May Caldwell's life is forever changed when her "foster" sister shows up to stay for a summer. Drama ensues, and the premise was interesting and had potential, but was very slow to develop. Then, in half a breath, things escalated and the book was over. This was an ...more
Jenn
Sep 22, 2008 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago and it's stayed in my mind ever since. Excellent storytelling.
Jeanne
Apr 11, 2007 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alissa
Sep 01, 2011 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't quite what I expected. I enjoyed it overall, but it was hard to get into. The pacing was rather slow at the beginning, and by the time the action began the book was over somewhat abruptly.
Whitney
Sep 21, 2013 Whitney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. It was reasonably well written, but should have not sold itself as a thriller. I found the utter lack of tension rather frustrating.
Claudia
May 12, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evocative prose, interesting story, great writing. No spoilers from me, I really liked this book.
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Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of several novels, including The Great Disappointment, Smithereens, The Story of Annie D., and Harmony. Her short stories have appeared in Folio, Coe Review, Guernica Magazine, and The Adirondack Review, among other places.

Susan is also the driving force behind Foreverland Press, an e-book publisher devote
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