Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 46.
- Review Date: 2007-02-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Romantic suspense twines neatly with the paranormal—and without a single vamp or were-creature—in Lisle's latest, a chilling haunted house mystery that pits a sensible couple against the supernatural. Following the death of her adoptive father, artist Emma Beck leaves Wisconsin and buys a "falling-down, money-pit, creepy-ass" Civil War-era house in Benina, S.C., the hometown of her deceased biological mother. When Emma meets local handyman Mike Ruhl, the attraction between them is instant and strangely evocative, almost as if they already know each other—intimately. Soon, strange noises, unprovoked feelings of terror, a phantom cat and her own overactive libido have Emma spooked, a feeling that only deepens when she tries looking up two women who knew her mother and finds instead two fresh corpses. Lisle keeps pages turning with steamy sex scenes, disturbing revelations and a good old-fashioned ghost story, all building to a white-knuckle conclusion; it's more than enough to please romantic suspense fans and should make a satisfying treat for anyone burned out on bloodsuckers. (Apr.)
In Night Echoes Holly Lisle explores the depth of eternal love from another direction. Artist Emma Beck, adopted at birth, has been haunted all her life by visions of a certain house and the face of a particular man. While on a trip to find out more about her long-dead mother, she stumbles over the very house of her dreams, abandoned and dilapidated, and buys it on the spot. She hires a local contractor, Mike Ruhl, to help fix it up, and the two unwittingly unleash a long-unsolved mystery. Emma is sleepwalking, unknowingly painting violent scenes in the middle of the night. She hears whispers and drips of water no one can find. Is the house haunted? Is Emma losing her mind? As if that weren't enough to worry about, it seems that everyone Emma talks to ends up getting murderedand no one seems to know what really happened to her mother. A gripping, fast-paced, mystery-within-a-mystery with an excellent romance woven in.
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