By Lisa Jackson
From number 1 New York Times bestselling writer Lisa Jackson comes an atmospheric and riveting novel of suspense that uncovers the frightening secrets and techniques buried inside of a ramshackle residence. . .
Vowing to make a clean commence, Sarah McAdams has come domestic to renovate the previous Victorian mansion the place she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren't inspired by means of the rundown estate at the seashores of Oregon's wild Columbia River. once they pull up the remoted force, Sarah too is beset by way of uneasy memories—of her chilly, far-off mom, of the half-sister who vanished with no hint, and of a long-ago evening whilst Sarah used to be discovered at the widow's stroll, feverish and delirious.
Ever because the unique mistress of the home plunged to her demise virtually a century in the past, there were rumors that where is haunted. As a lady, Sarah sensed a presence there, and shortly Gracie claims to work out a woman in white operating up the steps. nonetheless, Sarah has little time to stay on ghost tales, among overseeing building and working with the go back of a guy from her past.
But there's a brand new, extra pressing threat within the small city. one after the other, teenage women are disappearing. Frantic for her daughters' defense, Sarah feels her veneer cracking and the house's partitions ultimate in on her back. someplace deep in her reminiscence is the most important to a really actual and terrifying chance. And merely by way of confronting her worst fears can she cease the nightmare roaring again to existence once again. . .
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Then, she pulled the bolt—there was no lock on the inside—and thrust all her weight against it. She opened it just enough to allow her to enter; and once inside, she blocked it open with a small wooden door-stop she had brought from her own room. That would allow her to leave quickly—to hear anyone coming up the stairs. And she didn't need to worry about him. He couldn't call for anyone. The room was windowless. The walls and floor were of underpadded canvas. The one item of furniture was a low, formicatopped table, its legs bolted to the floor.
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So for once—oh, hell, not just once; he didn't blow up very often—he held onto his temper in the face of genuine outrage. He had done exactly the right thing. She was sick. The sick should be cured, not punished. He had taken the first step toward that cure. He had shown the damned nasty little stinker—this sick woman—that he was wise to her goddam—that he was aware of her ailment and yet was not angry with her. He had edged the matter out of the shadowed and secret recesses of her mind. Another such nudge or two, and it would be out in the open.