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The dead of winter. An isolated island off the coast of Maine. A man, a woman, a sinister house looming over the sea.

He’s a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she’s not laughing now.

Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She’s broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys. Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.

Annie couldn’t be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage from a windblown cliff. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they’re trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don’t know how to mind their own business.

Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It’s going to be a long, hot winter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The release of a new Phillips novel is always reason to celebrate, but she really hits it out of the park with this one. Take one down-on-her-luck heroine, send her to an isolated wintry island where her former teenage nemesis awaits and add in puppets, and you have the makings of a Phillips classic. Poignant, yet filled with humor and a dash of danger, this is a perfect romantic read. Awesome!”

    RT Book Reviews, 4½ gold stars

  • “Phillips uses hints and references to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca to create a sometimes tense atmosphere, using the structure of the older book to both fulfill and subvert the reader’s expectations…Details of small-town New England life round out this powerfully successful homage.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In a stunning change of pace, Phillips reveals a brilliant flair for the gothic as she channels the Brontës, Daphne du Maurier, Victoria Holt, and Phyllis Whitney in a riveting, updated tale featuring a brooding, dangerous hero, a threatened (but definitely not classically helpless) heroine, and a chilling, foreboding setting (complete with a windswept cliff-top mansion). An unforgettable, deliciously spicy romance that readers won’t want to put down.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Phillips takes all the iconic elements of those classic gothic novels of the 1960s and ’70s and deftly combines them with her own signature literary calling cards of realistically quirky yet all too relatable characters, polished writing, tart humor, and an abundance of potent sexual chemistry. The result is another romance to treasure from one of the genre’s superstars.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Romance star Phillips takes a new and intriguing direction that reads like an homage to the classic gothic novel yet maintains her typical pitch-perfect characters and compelling, complex plot. Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Erin Bennett subtly differentiates the characters in this sassy, irreverent romance…Bennett’s portrayal of Hewitt’s talking dummies is especially entertaining—although spooky. Each is distinct, with the perfect voice. Bennett infuses the imperfect but manly love interest with a sexy voice that entices. She gives Annie herself a determined, animated manner that is appealing.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books for August 2014
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An August 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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