The reading of her estranged uncle Malcom's will gives Catherine Carmichael the opportunity to return to Ravenswood, New York, and dig into the past, against her mother's wishes. Catherine is determined to learn why she and her mother abruptly left the estate years ago after her father's disappearance.

Eerily, the reading of the will consists of a videotape on which Malcolm instructs his heirs that they must play a game for their inheritance. It requires that they reside at the Ravenswood estate and uncover its secrets. Alistair, a ghostly-looking butler, delivers objects to the guests' rooms that allude to mysteries in their pasts.

Nail-biting suspense, ghostly images and rumors of disappearances at a gothic mansion create this taut edge-of-your-seat thriller from romance author Jill Jones writing as Emily Laforge. No one is above suspicion until the real mastermind behind the game is finally revealed in its riveting conclusion. (Apr., 387 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick