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The Healing

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by Karen E Stokes  GB United Kingdom

June 16, 2020   |    1,591 reads    |   0 comments

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The Healing - Book coverJess is a single parent and resides with her seven year old son, Jonas, in Friar's Ridge, Somerset. Following the discovery of a photograph found within the pages of a book purchased at the local market, a young boy enters their lives, forming a seemingly innocent friendship with Jonas.  On the surface, Sam appears ordinary, almost angelic, until his presence reveals something much more sinister.

A friendship develops between Jonas and the ghost boy, but something darker is lurking beneath the boy’s friendly demeanour. Meanwhile, Jess oscillates between reality and that of another dimension, her protective nature compromised by a dark and mysterious realm.

She begins to search for the lady in the photograph, who she believes is the ghost boy’s mother. Little did Jess realize that this would lead her to the heart of an undiscovered abhorrent crime, but who was responsible?

And what really happened that fateful hot summer’s day by the park lake?

Author's Note: 

I have always wanted to write a ghost story, but one that doesn't fit into the generic format. It had to be set in the 'here and now', not historic or in the future. My fascination with paranormal and spiritual phenomena began when I was very young which is why the story is based around a living boy's friendship with a ghost, arguably an imaginary one. Being an only child, I can remember being set adrift by a vivid imagination.


About The Author

I began my literary journey in 2010, writing purely to see where it would lead, hence my first novel ‘An Ordinary Life’ was finally published in 2014, under a different name. The work was biographical, written in the third person using a fictional character, which I found incredibly grounding and therapeutic, fueling my desire to continue.

Born and bred in Sheffield, I am a ‘true Yorkshire lass’, as they say, raised amid shop-keeping and a tight-knit community by parents who were both articulate and creative, and as such, inherited many skills with which to occupy my time.

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