2001 RITA Finalist
The phenomenal #1 New York Times-bestselling author
presents a novel set deep in the bayou of Louisiana-where
the only witness to a long-ago tragedy is a once-grand house.
Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but
even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated
mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was
that ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been
enchanted-and obsessed-with it. So when the opportunity to
buy the house comes up, Declan jumps at the chance to live
out a dream.
Determined to restore Manet Hall to its former splendor,
Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room, relying
on his own labor and skills. But the days spent in total
isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing
visions of days from a century past, and experiencing
sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief-sensations
not his own, but those of a stranger. Local legend has it
that the house is haunted, and with every passing day
Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows.
Only the companionship of alluring Angelina Simone can
distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house,
but Angelina too has her own surprising connection to Manet
Hall-a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret
that's been buried for a hundred years.