The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A sinister house looming over the sea ...
He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.
But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.
It's going to be a long, hot winter.
I absolutely loved this one. How great is this first line: "Annie didn't usually talk to her suitcase, but she wasn't exactly herself these days." I love it. Sort of sets a tone. Annie is not looking forward to living on the island, but she doesn't have any other choice right now. And she definitely doesn't want to be around Theo Harp, although she is not the frightened teenager she once was. I loved the quirky characters and the mystery. There is some humor as well. A combination that kept me reading until the very end.
My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!
My Source: purchased
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