By: Tammy Vreeland
Moving into a new home can become quite stressful. For David, it is the
matter of juggling a new job, a mistress and a family at home. For Terry, it is the matter of making her new house into a home and recovering from a
nervous breakdown. For Tyler, it is the stress of a five-year-old trying to
fit into a new neighborhood with no friends.
A move can be quite difficult on a child, so much so that a way for the child to
cope is to have an imaginary friend. This is where The Folks come in. You see Tyler not only has one imaginary friend but a whole group of imaginary friends that call themselves The Folks. Tyler meets The Folks the very first day he moves into his new room.
When Terry, Tyler's mom, finds out about The Folks she becomes concerned. But Terry's family, friends and even her own therapist tell her that is a healthy way for Tyler to cope with the move.
But when accidental deaths begin to occur and Tyler, with his imaginary Folks, happens to know more than they should, Terry begins to wonder that perhaps The Folks are not so healthy after all!
It is naptime. Even moving into the new house mom makes sure he does
not miss his naptime. Mom would always let him pick out a toy to take to bed
to play with until he fell asleep. Every day Tyler thinks for sure he will be able to stay awake during the entire naptime but some how he always falls asleep.
Tyler looks around his new room trying to figure out which toy to get. Most things are still in boxes; but mom has made sure he can still get to his toys. He likes his new room. He has a big window that looks out into the woods. As he is looking at the window, he notices a ray of sunlight landing on the exact toy he is thinking about finding.
"Thank you" says Tyler.
Tyler looks all around the room, "Who said that?"
Still not knowing where the voices are coming from Tyler tries to move some
of the boxes around.
Wondering out loud Tyler asks, "Are you behind here?"
"No, we're in your sunbeam."
Tyler not knowing what a sunbeam is asks, "What's a sunbeam?"
"It's the light from the sun that helped you find your toy."
"Oh." Tyler walks over to the light on the floor and looks down into it.
"Hi, I'm Tyler, what's your name?"
"You can just call us The Folks."
The Folks is the first book I published. Believe it or not the story itself is based on my son's actual imaginary friends that he had as a child. Ty's imaginary friends The Folks have always been sort of a fascination to me. First and foremost is the name he had come up for them. It was always simply "The Folks". Leaving me to believe there were more than one; and I feel that it is such a strange name for a small child to come up with.
During this time frame a few strange things did happen in the house we were living in. Nothing overly dramatic but the ones that did, still put chills on me to this day. So as not to ruin the story I simply will say the story about my dog Sandy did happen.
The Folks is a fictional story which I created around a couple of true incidents. I never wanted to portray the story as "based on actual events" because it truly is more fictional than fact.
However, if it hadn't have been for certain incidents the idea for the book would have never been there. I hope that my readers enjoy it as much as I did writing it. With it being my first book I realize now how much I have grown with each book I have written since. The Folks may be a little rough around the edges but it was written with love and wonder.
By The Mystical World of Book Reviews on November 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Contains some spoilers, but tried to give no more away than what is in the books description.
I was given an e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
The story revolves around a family moving into a new home and town. Terry has her hands full getting the home together, raising her 5 year old son Tyler, and trying to make he husband David happy. David has been busy trying to make his mark at his new job. He works late nights and is not much help to Terry when it comes to raising Tyler. David goes to work, comes home, plops on the couch, and complains about whatever he can that Terry didn't do correctly, or so that is what Terry thinks that is all he does. Little does she know, even though they have only lived there a short time, David has made a new friend that he spends lots of time with during and after work.
After laying Tyler down for his nap one day, Terry hears him talking to someone. When she asks him later who he was talking with, he said The Folks. After chatting with him about it, Terry has come to find out that Tyler has not one, but several imaginary friends. Terry becomes concerned and talks with her aunt and therapist about it. They both have told her that it is normal and that it is Ty's way of coping with everything.
After being in the new home for a few months, strange things begin to happen. Terry hears noises and has bizarre dreams. Tyler talks more about The Folks, but warns Terry not to mention them to anyone else. Accidents, including deaths, start happening at the drop of a hat. Tyler knows more about things than he should. Things just aren't adding up and seem to start having some sort of pattern, but it just doesn't make sense.
After talking herself out of it several times, Terry finally decides to go with her gut and do some digging. Turns out that she knew the answers all along, but they are just too bizarre for anyone to believe.
Not only are things falling apart around her, but she soon finds out that her world is about to crash down around her and she may be too late to stop it. She has found out more answers than she can handle. Will she find all the answers she needs to solve the issues before it is too late? And will she ever find her happily ever after or will she continue to live in this nightmare that she can't wake up from?
This book is full of twist and turns. I felt a real connection with Terry. We have a lot in common. A lot of the issues she has, she wants to break away from, but there is always something stopping her. When she starts to think she has both feet planted firmly on the ground, someone or something comes along and knocks her over. One minute you are feeling bad for her, the next you just want to shake her and make her see what is right in front of her. Each character is well thought up and plays their part well.
I could go on and on about this book and what happens, but I don't want to give all the good stuff away. You will just have to read it to find out what happens.
From my understanding, this is the authors first book, but you couldn't tell it. She has a great imagination that keeps you wanting more. There were a few minor editing issues, but nothing that caused and issue with the storyline of the flow of the book. Great story. Love the paranormal/horror context of it along with a mothers survival to protect her child no matter the risks. Can't wait to see what the next installment holds. I look forward to reading more by this author. I have read other woke by her, and with each book she continues to grow as a great writer that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Recommended for a mature audience due to some adult situations.
I can't say that one genre sums it up. It contains horror, paranormal, mystery, and a little romance.
Review by Sue Hinderson
A fast moving story that is quite hard to put down. The author writes with
alot of dialog that makes for an easy and quick read. The characters are very
likable and the story is quite interesting...I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a story that is unusual and keeps you guessing right up until the
Review by Mike Witkowski
I had never heard of the author but chose the book because it was listed
with other books you may like. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The story
was quite different than what it is normal for today standards, it reminds me of books I read in High School...old school Horror. I was happy to see she has another book out as well and have it on order. If it wasn't for your recommendations I may never have stumbled across this author...I look forward to reading her other book.
Review by Joan Peterson
A quite colorful book that was hard to put down but more importantly even
harder to turn the light off!
Folks, July 16, 2009
Melissa Moxley (Portland, OR)
Ahh.. Tammy Vreeland where have you been. I am so glad to have a new
Author to read! She took a spin on childhood imaginary friends that I have NEVER seen or read before! Love the visualizations in the death sequences, which were extremely creative! All I can say is GREAT!
Just finished reading "The Folks" by Tammy Vreeland's Horror Books....what a
great read!! I couldnt put it down....and it even creeped me out a bit, just going into my garage at night made me a little uneasy...you never know who's watching ;) Can't wait to start the next one Tammy!
Your books are great. I have three of them, and I'm reading the folks. It is very suspenseful.
Okay folks...I just finished reading...yup, "The Folks" by Tammy Vreeland; and it was wonderful! Got the "hook" in me immediately, which is a MUST for any book I am going to read. Tammy has a fantastic way of telling a story and developing her characters so you really do feel like you know them. Not two-dimensional type either, but real down to earth um, er...folks...::wink:: Read the book and you'll find out just who these "Folks" are. You won't be disappointed!
It was a very good story line; very easy to understand and listen to. It made my commute enjoyable.
Howell, NJ, United States
I almost didn't get this one because I was afraid it would be a typical "imaginary friend" scenario. But, far from it, the author did a great job in having a story inside the story. I've listened to another one of her books and I like the way she writes. She writes a book that is realistic in the way people talk in every day life, her characters are normal and easy to relate to. As for the narration, people need to listen to the sample...what you hear in the sample is what you get. No surprises, no annoying music or sound effects, no weird accents, simply a woman reading the story like it sounds in the sample. If you like the way the sample sounds then you will like the narration and you might just be surprised with the story if you allow yourself to just enjoy the story for what it is....
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