"A Unique Psychological Paranormal Thriller"
The year is 1998 and funerary art is the new chic, spurring
a rise in graveyard robberies from New Orleans to Boston.
Perhaps her upcoming assignment for Digital Memories had
been the reason for Chloe Smith's horrific nightmare. Was
the malevolent cemetery a vision of what was to come? Her
grandmother, a mean spirited witch who had frightened Chloe
since she was small, had always insisted that she had
inherited "the sight".
Chloe's new assignment is to photograph the Patrick family
cemetery at Riverview Plantation in Virginia.
The photographs are to be entered into the national
database in the event that theft should occur. Her first
run in with the client's son Rory is less than genial. The
client, MacGregor Patrick, however is charming if a bit
obsessive about the family burial ground and his son's love
life. He's determined to throw the two together.
The family cemetery holds no terrors for Chloe and she
actually begins to enjoy her assignment. The monuments are
a testament to old money and the finest art it could buy.
Rory however would like to see the whole thing become taken
over by the vegetation that would soon claim it if left
untended. His father had not been the same since his mother
had died. Rory views the old man's obsession as unhealthy.
Still he assists Chloe when his own work at the reknowned
Patrick Botanics allows. The attraction between them is
The dreams begin anew when Rory's ne'er do well cousin
Claude decides to pay the family a visit bringing along a
friend who gives Chloe chills. Never before has she seen
such malevolence in a man's eyes. She is sure she has
looked into the face of evil and is stunned that no one
else seems to notice. Thankfully the men are gone as
abruptly as they had appeared.
All is well until she follows the family cat into the
second graveyard - the unkempt, sad and uninviting slave
burial ground that Chloe had been instinctively avoiding. A
murder has been committed. Chloe has photographs that could
help the police solve the case. It's clear that the
Patricks are hiding something. Chloe must now decide
betray their trust and lose the affection of the two men
she has come to love or listen to her heart. Can the truth
and justice be two different things?
Wow, talk about a psychological paranormal thriller!
Chloe's dilemma becomes one's own as the reader must decide
whether or not she's done the right thing after all.
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted April 24, 2007