Wonderful story! This reminded me of my childhood growing up on a farm. There are two authors (brother and sister) to the story which I think is why the two main characters are so well-written. For being a small town, a lot happens and you get swept up into the story and the different, quirky characters. It reminded me of Northern Exposure with it’s small town escapades but instead of Alaska it’s set in Arizona. It deals with High School age characters but it’s not a YA book rather more of a coming-of-age story. I also got to interview Tom Walker who sent me the book just to read not to review. After reading I couldn’t not review!
Up until now, the only thing sixteen-year-old Danny Cloud has needed to worry about is whether he can work up the courage to talk to girls. The remote, isolated ranch where his family lives seems safe from the rest of the world.
But strange things are happening in the town of Faraway, ten miles from the Cloud ranch. The high school principal has gone on a crusade. A beautiful, mysterious teacher claims to be a witch and turns her science class into a theater of the disturbed. A series of suspicious deaths put the town on edge.
And meanwhile, a different kind of witch hunt is brewing that could tear apart the town-and the Cloud family’s way of life.
Tom Walker and Mary Walker are siblings who grew up on Arizona cattle ranches. Tom is a retired journalist with nearly thirty years’ experience as a reporter and editor. Mary is a clinical psychiatric social worker in Pomona, California, who regularly writes for her blog, www.witsendmagazine.com . Tom and his wife, Linda, live in Tucson, and Mary lives in California with her partner, Rabbi Leslie Bergson. This is their first novel. Visit their website at www.contrarycreeknovel.com .