Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Maddie had forgotten that cursed summer. Now she’s about to remember…
“Madeleine Chambers of Hargest House” has a certain grandeur to it. But as Maddie enters the Gothic mansion she inherited from her aunt, she wonders if its walls remember what she’s blocked out of the summer she turned sixteen.
She’s barely settled in before a series of bizarre events drive her to question her sanity. Aunt Charlotte’s favorite song shouldn’t echo down the halls. The roots of a faraway willow shouldn’t reach into the cellar. And there definitely shouldn’t be a child skipping from room to room.
As the barriers in her mind begin to crumble, Maddie recalls the long-ago summer she looked into the face of evil. Now, she faces something worse. The mansion’s long-dead builder, who has unfinished business—and a demon that hungers for her very soul.
When Maddie inherits the old Hargest house from her Aunt Charlotte, she inherits money and a huge home in a new place. A place where she can restart her life, which I think she desperately wanted, but the longer she's there the more unusual things become. It starts with roots in the cellar, ones that seem to be coming in from a willow tree several feet away, and then the hauntings begin. As a child, Maddie had imaginary friends/siblings, but when those imaginary siblings begin to show up in the house, for more than just Maddie to see a series of supernatural entities are showing up for a showdown and Maddie's smack dab in the middle. Like I said, the suspense was masterfully done. I also really enjoyed Maddie, as she was always trying to strive to be a new, and better person while at the same time trying to understand the history of the house.
The history, I thought I had guessed it, and I did, to a point. The detail and sympathy I had for Charlotte once her fate was revealed was both heartbreaking and something to admire, as she was a stronger woman than I originally thought.
Also, if this book had me googling "The Blue Serenade" a couple of times just to listen to the song while I was reading. Now, I don't think I could ever hear it without thinking of Maddie.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My latest novel -THE DEVIL'S SERENADE - comes out in April 2016. My previous work for Samhain includes: DARK AVENGING ANGEL, THE PENDLE CURSE and SAVING GRACE DEVINE. I was one of four winners of Samhain Publishing's first Horror Anthology Competition with my Gothic novella - LINDEN MANOR - which is available as a standalone ebook and in the anthology - WHAT WAITS IN THE SHADOWS.
My other titles include: THE SECOND WIFE, MISS ABIGAIL'S ROOM, THE DEVIL INSIDE HER, THE DEMONS OF CAMBIAN STREET, COLD REVENGE, and IN MY LADY'S CHAMBER.
All are available from Amazon
I live with a longsuffering husband in North Wales. Our home is in a building dating back to the mid 18th century which is haunted by a friendly ghost, who announces her presence by footsteps, switching lights on and strange phenomena involving the washing machine and the TV.
When not slaving over a hot computer, I enjoy wandering around Neolithic stone circles and visiting old haunted houses.
Author Links: www.catherinecavendish.com | Facebook | Twitter @Cat_Cavendish