Feeling responsible for his parents’ divorce, David falls into bouts of depression and excessive drinking. Despite friends’ attempts to find David a girlfriend, the only thing that fights off what he terms his “black empty” is getting wasted. Then he meets and falls for the beautiful and beguiling Kris. Kris is running away from an abusive family but refuses to talk about it. David takes Kris on a vacation where she turns inexplicably distant. David’s black empty returns, he gets wasted and while he’s passed out, Kris is raped by a local townie. Desperate to win back the only person who’s ever made him not feel miserable, David confronts Kris’ attacker only to learn that not only is he psychotic, he has a shockingly intimate history with Kris. And he plans on continuing it. David has to choose between attempting to kill a man or abandoning the only love he’s ever known.
“Thrilling, character-driven gem!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By K. M.
Intimately relatable, David’s conflicted conscience mirrors our human struggle to process childhood pain while maintaining core relationships. Tesher’s vivid figurative imagery gives the story a pulse. Whether it was the mental cobwebs unconsciously feeding the black empty that is David’s pain after his parent’s divorce or, the giant crater left within him at the moment his father comes to visit as part of the custody agreement. The literary depth is unmistakable! Unforgettable.
About the Author
Stephen Tesher’s novel Black Ice has been described as a page-turning thriller that depicts real issues teens face today. Available here on amazon. Tesher’s screenplay Freedom Mile depicts the struggle of a gifted runner to escape the oppressive clutches of his abusive alcoholic father. His story Line Up was published by Verbal Supply Company. Stephen Tesher is currently writing a new novel and a short story collection.
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