From Publishers Weekly
Romantic suspense twines neatly with the paranormal—and without a single vamp or were-creature—in Lisle's latest, a chilling haunted house mystery that pits a sensible couple against the supernatural. Following the death of her adoptive father, artist Emma Beck leaves Wisconsin and buys a "falling-down, money-pit, creepy-ass" Civil War-era house in Benina, S.C., the hometown of her deceased biological mother. When Emma meets local handyman Mike Ruhl, the attraction between them is instant and strangely evocative, almost as if they already know each other—intimately. Soon, strange noises, unprovoked feelings of terror, a phantom cat and her own overactive libido have Emma spooked, a feeling that only deepens when she tries looking up two women who knew her mother and finds instead two fresh corpses. Lisle keeps pages turning with steamy sex scenes, disturbing revelations and a good old-fashioned ghost story, all building to a white-knuckle conclusion; it's more than enough to please romantic suspense fans and should make a satisfying treat for anyone burned out on bloodsuckers. (Apr.)
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Searching for her birth mother, Emma Beck has uncovered her mother's name and discovered her own birthplace, Benina, South Carolina. And when she comes upon an abandoned farmhouse, she knows it is hers. An artist, Emma, mysteriously enough, has been painting aspects of this house for years. She purchases the house and hires a contractor, Mike Ruhl, to make it livable. The house seems to welcome her, and when Mike and Emma meet, not only do they feel an immediate attraction, but it is almost as though they recognize each other and have a shared intimate history. This unnerves them both. As Lisle's suspenseful tale progresses, Emma begins to hear and feel things that indicate several chilling facts: her house is haunted, she and Mike may be the incarnation of previous occupants, and their lives may be in danger. A fascinating story with just the right amount of suspense and romance, Lisle's romantic suspense novel thrills and chills. Maria Hatton
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