FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS
Orphaned at birth, Eden Moore was raised in Chattanooga by her aunt and uncle and is haunted by the ghosts of three women whom she's been told are her protectors.
Kept in the dark about her family and her heritage, Eden is compelled to investigate her past in order to save herself, and what's left of her family, from an enemy even more frightening than her crazy cousin Malachi.
Eden is a compelling heroine in this promising debut. Priest's writing is deeply atmospheric, but while there are flashes of brilliance, the book is marred by a tendency to have Eden narrate the action instead of observe it. (Oct., 288 pp., $13.95)