Author: Christine Benedict
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: December 9th, 2013
Blurb: Debra Hamilton confronts the fear of inheriting mental illness when her husband moves her into a hundred-year-old farmhouse on fifty-three acres of blacklisted real estate property. Floorboards creak when she's alone. Objects appear and disappear. Neighbors insinuate the house is haunted but memories of her mother's schizophrenia make her wonder. Julie, a neighbor who befriends Debra, faces her own fears when a stalker starts sending perverted anonymous letters that cause a rift in Julie's unstable marriage. Their plots merge as their friendship grows to create a rich and satisfying story.
Rating: 4 Stars
Julie and Debra are different in so many ways and alike in so many others. Debra struggles from the fear of inheriting her mother’s mental illness and Julie struggles to keep her family together, even though her children are growing and leaving for college soon and her husband is an unpredictable hothead. Although they are years apart in age and backgrounds, they become wonderful friends that are able to share the mysterious details of their lives, which include a stalker, a ghost and many other obstacles. It’s an usual story with many twists and turns that keep you reading until late at night.
There are a few editing concerns that drag the story down a bit, but that doesn’t distract from the thrilling nature that makes this a fast-moving novel.