Report by Mary Ellen Korocsil
Reva was raised in the small town of Prescott, Ontario. In the late eighties and early nineties, that town was rocked by claims of unspeakable crimes which stirred the author to write The Prescott Journals, a fictional tale inspired by the events that unfolded. Her main character is Sarah Berman, a struggling Toronto journalist who is thrust into the alleged seedy underworld of her old hometown.
Reva is no stranger to the world of intrigue and drama. She’s an author who knows how to create it in her writing and on the stage. Reva was the Artistic Director of a major Toronto theatre for twenty years and has directed many shows in Canada and throughout the U.S. She has written a variety of original stage plays, and directed, produced and/or designed over 100 plays and directed over forty television series episodes.
Her first published novel was a creative non-fiction, The Water Buffalo That Shed Her Girdle. Her second novel was a mystery titled I Say My Name which was released in 2021. Her latest work, The Prescott Journals, is a fictional novel that will be launched this May. She is especially looking forward to her live book launch next month since her second novel was released in the midst of the Covid lockdown.
One of the reviews on this book’s back cover is by: Andrew Neiderman, author of “The Devil’s Advocate” and the “V.C. Andrews” novels: “The Prescott Journals is one of those thrillers that will surely appeal to my fans, as I love when a plot is jolted by a character’s secrets. Like all successful thrillers, this will get the reader to want more. Reva Leah Stern is a writer who can handle the twists and keep the reader turning the pages.”
Reva Leah Stern’s book, The Prescott Journals is published by Deerhawk Publishing, and will soon be available at: Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and on Amazon all over the world.
Set in a small Ontario town, “The Prescott Journals,” is a multi-layered novel of mystery, sexual crimes, murder, and self- discovery.
Moving back and forth in time, the novel contains many intriguing story threads that are craftily woven together.
Sarah Berman, a divorced, financially strapped and struggling journalist, is suddenly numbed by a Toronto news headline about heinous crimes that involve child prostitution, pornography, and sexual abuse in her old hometown of Prescott.
She returns and reconnects with several acquaintances. One is Eleanor Miller, a reclusive dressmaker; another is the octogenarian editor of the town newspaper, “The Prescott Journal.”
After discovering that Eleanor has a dark secret in her past, Sarah becomes obsessed with a desire to investigate; and perhaps land a job at a big Toronto newspaper. While working the story, she unearths troubling information that takes her to Montreal to seek out some former townsfolk.
Like a fractured jig saw puzzle, some of the fragments of information begin to fit together, but the many missing pieces become a challenge to completing the picture.
Eventually, Sarah’s nightmares, Eleanor’s secrets, the contemptible court case, the uncovering of diabolical Antisemitism, indefensible crimes, and chilling exigent threats, lead to a series of twisted nail-biting occurrences.