A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime,
this riveting novel—inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the
1800s—by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a
heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different
Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different centuries.
Frances Barnett is in the Northampton Lunatic Hospital, telling her
story to a visitor. She has come to distrust her own memories, and
believes that her pregnancy, birth, and early days of motherhood may
have impaired her sanity.
During the earliest months of her baby’s
life, Frances eagerly followed the famous murder trial of Mary
Stannard that captivated New Englanders with its salacious details and
expert forensic testimony. Following—and even attending—this trial,
Frances found an escape from the monotony of new motherhood. But as her
story unfolds, Frances must admit that her obsession with the details of
the murder were not entirely innocent.
Present day: Abby has been
adjusting to motherhood smoothly—until recently, when odd sensations
and dreams have begun to unsettle her while home alone with her baby.
When she starts to question the house’s history, she is given the diary
of Frances Barnett, who lived in the house 125 years earlier. Abby finds
the diary disturbing, and researches the Barnett family’s history. The
more Abby learns, the more she wonders about a negative—possibly
supernatural—influence in her house. She becomes convinced that when she
sleeps, she leaves her daughter vulnerable—and then vows not to sleep
until she can determine the cause of her eerie experiences.
Barnett might not be the only new mother to lose her mind in this
house. And like Frances, Abby discovers that by trying to uncover
another’s secrets, she risks awakening some of her own. Download and start listening now!