Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up.Read more...
Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren't impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon's wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah too is beset by uneasy memories--of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow's walk, feverish and delirious.
Ever since the original mistress of the house plunged to her death almost a century ago, there have been rumors that the place is haunted. As a girl, Sarah sensed a presence there, and soon Gracie claims to see a lady in white running up the stairs. Still, Sarah has little time to dwell on ghost stories, between overseeing construction and dealing with the return of a man from her past.
But there's a new, more urgent menace in the small town. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing. Frantic for her daughters' safety, Sarah feels her veneer cracking and the house's walls closing in on her again. Somewhere deep in her memory is the key to a very real and terrifying danger. And only by confronting her worst fears can she stop the nightmare roaring back to life once more. . .
- ISBN-13: 9780758258595
- ISBN-10: 0758258593
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 432
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-11
- Reviewer: Staff
A haunted house provides the stage for this exciting novel of romantic suspense from bestseller Jackson (You Don't Want to Know). Following her divorce, Sarah McAdams decides to makes a fresh start by moving back to her abandoned childhood home, a dilapidated, century-old mansion named Blue Peacock Manor on Oregon's Columbia River. Sarah's 17-year-old daughter, Jade, is angry with her mother for forcing her to move away from her friends and boyfriend in Vancouver, Wash., while her 12-year-old daughter, Gracie, insists that ghosts inhabit the manor. When young girls in a nearby town mysteriously vanish, Sarah fears for her own daughters' safety. Despite Jade's constant rebellion, Sarah remains determined to unearth the truth behind the disappearance of one of the manor's former occupants as well as the disappearance of her own sister. Clint, an old flame from whom Sarah hid some important secrets years ago, adds romantic spice. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Sept.)