Following in the footsteps of Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney, Camp takes a traditional gothic tale, complete with a dark setting, a dangerous secret, mysterious murders and intelligent characters and finds a fresh approach, turning this into a riveting, edge-of-the-seat thriller.

When Reed Moreland begins suffering from haunting dreams of Anna Holcomb, the woman who rebuffed him, he decides to return to Winterset.

Though Anna loves Reed, marriage is impossible because she might be carrying a strain of madness in her blood. But Reed's return has her yearning for him. Just as their relationship begins to grow, a series of murders casts a shadow over them. Could Anna become the next victim of The Beast, a raging killer, or is she somehow connected to the crimes?

Camp weaves her tale carefully, bringing the dark Victorian world to life. Her strong characters and perfect pacing keep you turning the pages of this chilling mystery. Your jaw will drop when the truth is revealed. SWEET (Oct., 380 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin