By John Farris
The 12 months is 1952. Fourteen-year-old Alex Gambier is rebellious via nature and scarred via formative years tragedy within the southern neighborhood of night color. An outcast in his family, mute from a bout with diptheria at an early age, Alex expresses himself by means of writing creative tales and by means of conceiving daredevil stunts that attempt all of his actual rescources whereas placing his lifestyles in severe danger.
The aftermath of 1 of his hair-raising stunts reveals Alex within the care of a tender black nurse named Mally Shaw. An not going friendship effects, that is ended by way of an unspeakable crime that expenditures Mally her life.
Or now not particularly ended, for Mally unearths herself trapped in a nether global through the strength of Alex's will and his have to special a terrifying revenge at the guy answerable for Mally's death.
But the revenge he seeks is a two-edged sword, the associated fee Alex's personal soul as he recklessly pursues his quarry in a chilling double twist climax that surpasses something John Farris has written prior to.
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He pointed past the edge of the umbrella at the eaves of the mansion. If the wind comes too fast from the south, it whistles in the eaves. It can keep you awake nights. The explanation should have quieted her nerves, but it did not. That cry seemed too filled with emotion to be made by something inanimate. Suddenly, she remembered things that she should have asked Richard. Why had he been late? Why did Catherine, the waitress, fear him so? What was this curse that Aunt Cora talked about and which he called a psychiatric problem"?
He was watching her over the rim of his cup as he sipped his coffee. Unexplainably, she remembered that he had opened her suitcases upon placing them in her room. She had still not been able to decide whether or not he had been snooping, whether such a gesture was only meant as a final courtesy. But this very direct gaze of his seemed to pry at her own eyes, to peel back her brain and seek for secrets. She didn't like that at all. �My room is wonderful, she said. I'm anxious to explore the grounds and do some riding.
Later that night, Cora came to Jenny's room. She was dressed in a lovely yellow lounging robe which contrasted with her dark beauty and her cultured dignity to make both those qualities even more evident. Jenny secretly hoped that, when she was Cora's age, she would look as feminine and sophisticated as her aunt. If I reach her age, she amended. And immediately, she wondered why she always had to have such negative thoughts. �I'd like to talk to you about Freya, Cora Brucker said. She sat on the edge of the bed.