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The Mourning Hours
by Paula Treick Deboard

Overview - "A family's loyalty is put to the ultimate test"
Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years--not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny--the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother.
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Overview
"A family's loyalty is put to the ultimate test"
Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years--not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny--the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother. No one knows what to believe--not even those closest to Johnny--but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten's family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion.
Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, "The Mourning Hours" is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780778314974
  • ISBN-10: 0778314979
  • Publisher: Mira Books
  • Publish Date: June 2013
  • Page Count: 321


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-06-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Assured storytelling propels DeBoard’s first novel. Berkeley professor Kirsten Hammarstrom is driving home to Watankee, Wis., when a cop outside Milwaukee pulls her over for speeding. The officer’s request for her license makes Kirsten nervous because he’s old enough to remember the case that put the name Hammarstrom on the front page of every Wisconsin newspaper years earlier. Flash back to 1994. During an elementary school softball game, angelic 16-year-old Stacy Lemke introduces herself to nine-year-old Kirsten and expresses an interest in Kirsten’s older brother, Johnny, a high school wrestling star. Soon Stacy and Johnny start dating. When Stacy goes missing, Johnny, the last person to see her, becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. In the aftermath, gossip, lies, and innuendo take a heavy toll on the Hammarstrom family. While readers will want to know what happened to Stacy, what most compels is the observant Kirsten’s account of how a small town and a family disintegrate under the weight of the tragedy. Agent: Melissa Flashman, Trident Media Group. (July)

 
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