This is a perfect summer beach reading book. The plot is extremely interesting, it flows quickly and keeps your attention, and there are shivers and shocks galore.
There is a very wealthy family that owns an enormous home on the rocky coast of Maine, and every ten years the members gather there. A lottery is held, and the person whose name is drawn must spend the night in a rooom in which, around 1930, a maid was skewered to the wall with a pitchfork. Of course, the next morning, the person who goes into the room ends up dead, often in horrifying ways.
The patriarch of the family, who is 98, hires a young female investigator to attempt to discover what (or who) is causing these deaths, and the plot just roars on from there. Many scenes are quite gruesome, but they do advance the plot. It's rather straightforward, but occasionally the author throws the reader a curve, just to keep him or her off balance.
The ending, when it came, didn't really surprise me, because there was some telegraphing about it scattered throughout the book, but it was still thrilling. If you are on vacation and have some hours to relax and read, you can do well by taking this book along with you.
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I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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Old houses have their secrets. The Young residence - a beautiful Maine mansion overlooking the Atlantic - is no exception. But the secrets here are different. They can kill...Carolyn Cartwright, private detective and ex-FBI agent, has been hired by Howard Young to investigate a string of gruesome family deaths. The crimes are horrific, brutal, and senseless. And the time has come for the killing to begin again...One by one, members of the Young family are chosen to die. Old and young, weak and strong, no one is safe from a killer with a limitless thirst for revenge. And the only way for Carolyn to uncover the shocking truth is to enter the room no one has ever left alive - and make herself the next target...