The truth hides in dark places . . .
Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .
This story has everything that intrigues me – ghosts, mediums, seances, buried secrets. And that cover! I’ve read several other books by this author, and couldn’t wait to dive into this new series.
The timelines blend seamlessly in this intricately plotted supernatural mystery, and the gradual reveal of Lucinda’s life is both fascinating and heartbreaking. Maya is also a compelling protagonist, and I enjoyed her reaction upon realizing she wasn’t the only resident in her house – entirely believable. A well-drawn supporting cast rounds out the character list, but don’t go making assumptions while reading – not everything is what it appears on the surface, and characters may surprise you.
There are a few chilling moments in the novel that gave this horror lover warm fuzzies. I also loved that one of the characters was reading Salem’s Lot (one of my fav King books) at 2 am in the morning while waiting for a supernatural event to occur or not occur. I could totally be friends with this person.
If you’re a fan of supernatural mystery/suspense, you can’t go wrong with this series, and I’m excited to see what the next book brings.