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The Light in the Trees

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The Light in the Trees
•“The Light in the Trees…stays shimmering and bright in your mind days after you finish…most highly recommended.” –Jack Magnus, Reader’s Favorite

•“I love the author’s writing style. The descriptions naturally drew me in…Thankfully, there’s a second book being released towards the end of this year.” –Reader review

•“I could not wait to see what happened on the other side of the Lake…Highly recommended…absolutely cannot wait for…next book to come out!” –Reader review

In 1970, twelve-year-old White Birch Camp veteran Ted returns to his once-favorite place. It is months after his mom’s violent death, and he’s convinced his dad is dumping him for the summer. Or maybe for good.

But he immediately meets his two best friends, Zeke and Neil. Karen, the director’s daughter, notices him, and he finds her more alluring than the camp’s panoramic view of Loon Lake. He also finds Hoss, an alarmingly intelligent, charming, and manipulative risk-taker with a knack for criminal mischief and an unusual vendetta.

In this coming-of-age thriller, follow Ted as he daydreams with Karen of a secret trip to the lake’s far shore, grows with the healing power of true friendship, and dives into psychological warfare with a young sociopath whose guile and need to control eventually turn deadly.

•“I enjoy fiction that pulls you into another place or era...keeps you completely fixated...and this book does that.” –Reader review

•“Such a delightful and suspenseful book that I really didn’t want it to end.” –Reader review

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“I’m sorry, you guys,” I said to my friends. “I didn’t want you to know.”

Zeke didn’t answer. Neil’s initial, hard-at-thought scowl relaxed. His eyes roved for a few seconds, and he exhaled. Then, he did something I didn’t expect.

He nodded.

It was almost too subtle to see, but he did it. I got the feeling a big portion of his anxiety had just been doused, like the fire by the rain. No innocent victim died over there…Neil’s face was very adult-like. It was clear he made a decision when he heard the truth, and it was almost instantaneous. His little nod rapped a gavel on a court’s bench.

Zeke’s attention volleyed between Neil and me. His mouth hanging a little open, he showed no obvious fear or indecision. Then, as though Neil and I urged him to jump into the water for his twenty-minute swim test, Zeke nodded, too.

I’ll do it for you guys.

The moment we shared chilled me, but it also made me feel a respect, trust, and friendship in a depth very few people ever get to experience. It was a moment we should have shared alone, just the three of us.  

 

 

 

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