Fourteen-year-old Alex watches from her bedroom window as the small, secluded town of Amberton sleeps: a strange town with a disturbing secret. Helen, her foster mother, is gone all hours of the night with no explanation. The neighbors, friendly as they are, watch Alex in a peculiar way. They know something she doesn’t. Something she shouldn’t…
When three hapless strangers become ensnared in the town’s machinations, Alex witnesses for herself the nightmare hiding in plain sight. Together, haunted by their own violent pasts, these outsiders threaten to unstitch the town at its rotten seams, uncovering the gruesome truth writhing beneath the surface.
Addie O’Dell is self-destructing. The rocky bottom of her downward spiral is in sight, and despite her best efforts she can’t escape the fateful clutches pulling her in.
But as fate would have it, someone else is watching…
In a strange bed, in a strange room, Addie awakens to the sounds of screams nearby. The door is locked, and no one answers when she calls. All she finds is a single envelope on the desk beside her bed. Adelaide, it reads. Inside lies a dangerous letter. A dangerous promise. It’s a danger as old as evil, and far more alluring. Irresistible. Because no matter the cost, when there’s hope on the table… it’s only human to reach for it.
BY THE LIGHT OF HIS LANTERN
Naked in the sand, Lewis coughs seawater from his lungs. Disoriented, he blinks his eyes, rubs them for good measure, but the result is the same. The sky is black as the beach below it. In this place, the sun and moon and stars are long dead. But the darkness, full of eyes and teeth, is very much alive.
Others like him say it’s a curse. Someone he knows has sentenced him to an eternity here, and now Lewis must ask himself if it’s an eternity he deserves. Guided only by his own hands, hunted by otherworldly forces, it’s up to him to scour the darkness of his past in search of his own redemption.
Only the truth will light the way.