"A creepily compelling ghost story in which the discovery of a death mask connects the disturbing past of a toll house to its modern-day owner."
With a tragic historic tale at its heart, and a modern-day single mum struggling to deal with its spectral resonance, Carly Reagon’s The Toll House debut tingles with historic and psychological intrigue. It’s a gripping ghost story that unfolds with chilling pace through narratives told in two timelines.
In the present, single mum Kelda has moved into a new home with her young son, Dylan. In estate agent speak, the toll house is a house with history, which we discover through episodes that take us back to 1863, when a woman dies while giving birth to a stillborn baby.
In the present, Kelda finds a death mask embedded into her cottage, while Dylan becomes deeply disturbed. He reports seeing a woman in his bedroom, he finds bones in the garden, he denies having drawn spidery streaks of red lipstick on his bedroom walls, and denies being responsible for the little white pebbles Kendra finds around the house. Then there’s the mystery around the man Kendra’s started seeing, and fractured family relations to deal with, too.
Melding modern-life with mysteries from the past, this is a readable romp of suspenseful supernatural fiction.
|Primary Genre||Horror and Supernatural Fiction|