NC Literary Hall of Fame



Deep Water by Lora Kempka

Kellan Publishing
$15.00, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-368382260
March, 2019
Fiction: Thriller
Available from the publisher

"Lora Kempka’s novel, Deep Water, immediately grabbed my attention and kept it."
—Sharon Mervin,

"With a flurry of short, sharp chapters, Deep Water is incredibly enthralling. Kempka manages to cram so much description and emotion into each chapter, I was able to read this in the space of an afternoon."
—Livian Grey,

Tucked in the wooded niches of Johnston County North Carolina illegal barrooms serve as meeting places for drug dealers and hunting grounds for a serial killer. Tara Headley can’t escape the memories of an abusive husband and is always looking for her next easy prey. But when she sets her sights on Keith Harper, Tara learns not all prey is easy.

Night shift factory worker Bobbie Harper has a secret she swore to take to her grave. But with her marriage crumbling, she worries that her past has somehow been revealed. Why else would her husband Keith be so distant and moody? His unwillingness to include Bobbie in his new nightlife forces her to find answers anyway she can. But what she discovers has less to do with Keith and more about her own humanity.

Lora Kempka graduated from Mount Olive College with a BA in English Literature. Second only to writing, her passion for reading is an addiction she inherited from her mother. As always, thanks Mom. She lives in North Carolina with her wonderful husband and a yard full of fire ants.

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