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Here Lies by H.W. Guernsey

Here Lies by H.W. Guernsey is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into the deep complexities of relationships, secrets, and redemption. Set against a backdrop of a small coastal town, the story unravels with a perfect balance of suspense and beautifully crafted characters.

The novel follows the life of Emily, a young woman haunted by a tragic accident that occurred five years ago, shattering her and her family's world. Guernsey effortlessly weaves together two timelines, alternating between the events leading up to the accident and the present day, creating a sense of anticipation and curiosity that keeps the reader engaged throughout.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Here Lies is Guernsey's ability to delve deep into the psychological complexities of the characters. Each individual has their own demons and struggles, and their genuine portrayal evokes empathy and understanding from the readers. Emily, in particular, is a character that stands out with her raw emotions and unwavering determination to uncover the truth. Her journey towards healing and finding closure is beautifully portrayed, allowing the readers to connect and root for her throughout the story.

Furthermore, Guernsey's prose is elegant and poetic, painting vivid imagery of the coastal town and its inhabitants. The detailed descriptions not only bring the setting to life but also enhance the overall atmospheric quality of the narrative. It feels as though the readers are experiencing the wind, smelling the salty sea breeze, and hearing the crashing waves along with the characters.

The plot of Here Lies is intricately structured, with layers of secrets and revelations that keep the readers guessing until the very end. The pacing is well-balanced, allowing the characters' personal stories to unfold organically while maintaining a sense of urgency. Guernsey expertly manages to create and maintain suspense, making it incredibly hard to put the book down.

Despite its gripping plot and intense emotional depth, Here Lies also explores deep themes such as forgiveness, redemption, and the power of human connections. Guernsey does not shy away from the harsh realities of life, but he also ensures that hope and healing shine through, providing a sense of closure and satisfaction for the readers.

In conclusion, Here Lies by H.W. Guernsey is a beautifully written and emotionally charged novel that will captivate readers from start to finish. With its well-developed characters, stunning prose, and a compelling plot, it is a book that transcends genres and leaves a lasting impact. Guernsey has crafted a truly unforgettable tale that will linger in the hearts and minds of readers long after they turn the last page.

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Here Lies


[Transcriber Note: This etext was produced from Weird Tales October 1937. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: An ironic little story about a practical communist who taught his friend when to take him seriously ]

Chauncey knocked the dottle out of his corncob and briefly startled Old Shep by inquiring unemotionally, "Will you never finish that blasted stick?"

Which in Old Chauncey was tantamount to fury. Words being precious things, both old boys hoarded every syllable; Shep tightened his leathery lips and with the scalpel point of the knife flicked away a mote of pine. Each link of the chain he was whittling from that interminable stick of soft pine resembled ivory in its satin finish. He might produce one link in a day or let it require a full week. No hurry. The current chain numbered four hundred and seventy two links. A masterpiece.

Under Shep's surreptitious scrutiny, Old Chauncey stood erect purposefully and stalked to the woodpile. There a fat log stood on end. With one swift, seemingly effortless stroke of the ax he cleft the log in two, spat explosively and hiked into the house wagging his jaw.

The log built house, a jewel of conscientious carpentry, stood on the wooded elevation called St... Continue reading book >>

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