Not to be read on a dark and stormy night, this is a thrilling tale where ghosts do battle with natural elements. A wandering soul looking for revenge wreaks havoc on a frightened town in this story that also charmingly depicts love in first bloom.
When John Kotter returns to the Bloodmoon Cove campgrounds to open for the season, he finds squatter Esme Dumas. He senses she’s running from something, but chooses not to press the issue. It doesn’t take much for her to slip past his usual defenses. While discussing her future, they receive a phone call indicating a boy has gone missing on Bloodmoon Mountain near the cave where Harrity Kotter and John’s father disappeared decades apart without a trace. The search for the boy revives the legend of Harrity Scaritty, who haunts the mountain. More of Esme’s terrifying past is revealed, and murders duplicating ones in the past escalate. When Esme sets out on her own to find the hidden cave, John is frantic to find her. (WRITERS EXCHANGE, Aug., 297 pp., $14.97)
Donna M. Brown