A chilling and spooky Gothic historical thriller, dripping with the dark twists and eerie surprises that are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe, from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Citadel.
a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty
churchyard. More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition
still holds sway: it is St. Mark’s Eve, the night when the shimmering
ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize
and amble through the church doors.
Alone in the crowd is
Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist’s daughter. Twenty-two and
unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a
decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous
museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or
how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollection—a
childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those
who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House,
and the strange spinster who practices her father’s macabre art.
the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found
dead—a stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days,
snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connie’s
mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim,
and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a
mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her
father trying to protect her with his silence—or someone else? The
answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn
House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop—a mystery
that draws Connie closer to danger, closer to madness—closer
to the startling truth. Download and start listening now!