Aine Cahill has escaped her troubled past through her studies. A graduate student researching Henry David Thoreau, Aine has a secret. One that may bring her fame and a guaranteed job.
The notoriously reclusive Thoreau had a companion at his Walden Pond retreat. Aine's aunt Bonnie, a woman ahead of her time in many regards, lived with Thoreau in his small cabin--and Aine has her aunt's diary to prove it.
Aine's dissertation will blow a hole in the legend of Thoreau, but as Aine wanders the wooded Massachusetts land near Walden, she discovers a much darker, and far more dangerous secret. Someone is following her. A young girl who disappears without leaving a trace. Who is this child and what does she want?
The Cahill family, with a long and bloody past of piracy and whaling, has left Aine a legacy. One she doesn't want. When tragedy strikes the town and Aine becomes the prime suspect, she must discover the truth of her "gift," the young girl, and the diary. Is any of it real, or is Aine losing her mind?
About the Author
Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series and a number of other books in mystery and crime, including the Pluto's Snitch paranormal-historical mystery series, and Trouble, the black cat detective romantic suspense books. She is the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and the Mississippi Writers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a former journalist, bartender, photographer, farmhand, and college professor and lives on a farm where she works with rescue cats, dogs, and horses.
"Inventive...Aine's struggle with her own illusions is genuinely effective." --Publishers Weekly
"This mix of thriller and ghost story is all about what is just glimpsed for an instant, whether physically or psychologically. And the suspense is intensified by the fact that readers can't be sure whether they're following the thoughts of someone sane, unhinged, or in the process of coming apart...Great for both lovers of Thoreau and suspense fans." --Booklist