New York Times mainstay Deveraux returns with an atmospheric tale of love, loss and redemption. Secrets abound in this quaint countryside, and Deveraux expertly builds on the mystery elements with a touch of the supernatural. This is vintage Deveraux and packs plenty of emotional punch.

The unexplained suicide of his fiancee Stacy three years ago while on a trip to England has left Jace Montgomery in emotional limbo. Desperate to find answers and move on with his life, Jace impulsively purchases Priory House in Margate, England, after finding a cryptic note about the house that Stacy left behind. For Jace, discovering that his house is haunted by Ann Stuart, the ghost of a woman thought to have also committed suicide, gives him hope he may find some answers.

Jace suspects that neither Stacy nor Ann committed suicide but that they were murdered. He finds an unlikely ally in his quest in the form of burnt-out journalist Nightingale Smythe, who has her own tragic past to overcome. Can the ghost of Ann help solve this mystery and prevent further bloodshed? (ATRIA, Jul., 352 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith