“Watch out, world, the Wraith is coming for you. As always, Shea brings the thrills with this urban exploration mystery chiller!” Megan Hart, New York Times bestseller author
Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith. With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin in the Catskills Mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been lying in wait for a fresh set of victims. The Wraith is back, and he’s nothing what they expected.
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This underwhelming homage to slasher films from Shea (Antarctic Ice Beasts) delivers plenty of gore, but fails to bring a fresh take to the genre. Five years before the book opens, Ash and her friends, a group of urban explorers, broke into the abandoned Hayden Resort and were massacred by a killer known as the Wraith. Ash alone survived the attack, and manages to live a fairly normal life until her memories of what happened come flooding back, and she commits suicide. Her grief-stricken fianc , Todd, follows the cryptic clues that Ash leaves in her suicide note to piece together what really happened five years ago. With the resort scheduled to be demolished, Todd races to learn more about the monster that lurks within its walls and avenge Ash's death. The violence is visceral and unnerving, but the villain's backstory lacks the novelty inherent to the best of the genre. Though suspenseful, this grisly horror story is a retread of familiar tropes.