JP Pomare, in Conversation

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JP Pomare, author of In the Clearing, recently discussed his book with Betty Webb. Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen, asked Webb to read the book because Webb wrote two books about Arizona’s cult. Pomare explains his interest and the history of a cult that led to his book. You can order a copy of In the Clearing through the Web Store. https://bit.ly/2Ueevmo

Here’s the summary of In the Clearing.

A ticking-clock thriller that braids together the stories of a girl raised in a terrifying cult, and of an overprotective single mother whose fears for her child are about to come true.


Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing, with her brothers and sisters–until a newcomer, a younger girl, joins the “family” and offers a glimpse of the outside world. Freya is living an isolated life with her son and their dog, going to great lengths to keep contact with the outside world like an “everyday mum” while being utterly terrified by it. When a news breaks of a missing girl–a child the same age as Freya’s son, Billy–Amy and Freya’s stories intertwine, and the secrets of the past will crawl inexorably into the present.

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Here’s the conversation with JP Pomare and Betty Webb.