Adding to her excellent body of work, Lisle delivers another creepy story that slowly peels back the layers on a number of murders and tragic deaths. The paranormal twists that spice up the suspense are vintage Lisle and always fascinating.
Following her adoptive parents' deaths, artist Emma Beck travels to Benina, S.C., where her deceased birth mother lived. Since childhood, Emma has incorporated a particular house into her paintings. She's stunned when she literally finds her "dream" house waiting for her. Emma hires Mike Ruhl to restore the place and, even though Mike has always harbored an aversion to the old house, he has the opposite feeling about Emma.
Emma is horrified when individuals she questions about her birth mother's past start turning up dead. What are the terrible secrets that lie buried in Benina? (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Apr., 320 pp., $6.99)