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The Bad Seed Sep 4, 2007
Agatha Hock seems to live a perpetual game of let's pretend as she tries to get on with her life after, first her daughter disappears, and then her husband says he's going on a long hike. The question from page one is where are they and will they ever return? She tries to keep things as they were when they left so they'll find things the same when they do return. But as time passes, Agatha finds herself ina quandary. She must earn her living and her hold on her gardening column is threatened when her editor comes up with the idea of having people win visits to her expansive garden. Trouble is, her only garden is a small patch planted illicitly in her yard. Agatha accepts the challenge of finding a place where she can build this garden so her editor will be satisfied. The hunt takes her to a town with the unlikely name of Wombat where she discovers an overgrown shack she can afford. Things don't go quite as planned. She can't make a garden grow in soil that feeds only poisonous plants and a strange couple show up, claiming they have reservations at the hotel that once occupied the land where her house is sited. An underground spring bubbles forth from under her house and she finds a chance at some happiness again. Then her daughter returns home. The Bad Seed is an interesting study of a woman alone who seems not to know exactly what she wants to do. When she tries to sort things out, what happens will surprise you. Author Maurilla Meehan takes the reader behind the scenes into the darker side that life sometimes offers.