her fiancé Huck travel to the castle where they learn that Fae has died
from her injuries. Now Hannah must plan a memorial, find some placement
for Stuart, but most of all she must face the events from seventeen
years ago. When their dog digs up a bone that is human, it must be
determined if it belonged to Julia or to another girl who disappeared.
This brings Hannah's first boyfriend back into her life, police
officer Wyatt McCarran.
There is a spooky,
haunted atmosphere to this Gothic thriller, along with ties to the
supernatural. As Hannah recalls past events, she begins looking into
people and the past, trying to come to some realization of what
happened. At the same time, she is starting to experience disturbing
episodes of sleepwalking, things that haven't plagued her
since she was last at Brackenhill. This, naturally, raises the
spookiness factor, along with her memories of basement rooms that move
and noises in the night.
Hannah is really
the main character and the only, truly well-developed one, but she also
becomes more unreliable as the story progresses and you will begin to
have a hint that she may not be telling us the whole story or she may
not be remembering things correctly. What you will realize is that she
is becoming obsessed with events from her past.
Hannah's flashback and memories to effectively heighten the tension and
ratchet up the suspense. Is something evil lurking or is it all
imagination or perhaps a person involved? There are plenty of questions
and potential suspects along the way. And when Stuart, who is basically
uncommunicative, mutters a few words, it sets Hannah on a quest to
uncover the truth about the past and to try and figure out who her aunt
really was and what happened to Julia.
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