When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen’s intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife’s family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Helen soon falls under the spell not only of the little mountain town and its inhabitants, but also of Moonrise, her predecessor’s Victorian mansion, named for its unique but now sadly neglected nocturnal gardens. But the harder Helen tries to fit in, the more obvious it is that she will never measure up to the woman she replaced. Someone is clearly determined to drive her away, but who wants her gone, and why? As Emmet grows more remote, Helen reaches out to the others in the group, only to find that she can’t trust anyone. When she stumbles on the secret behind her predecessor’s untimely death, Helen must decide if she can ever trust—or love—again.
King's latest novel (after Queen of Broken Hearts) takes inspiration from Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, keeping the best of the latter's atmospheric tension without falling into melodramatic clich . Helen Honeycutt is swept off her feet by Emmet at the small Fort Lauderdale, Fla., television station where she works. She also falls in love with the idea of Moonrise, his family home in North Carolina, even though its preservation had been the "driving force" of his first wife, Rosalyn's life. Helen and Emmet summer at Moonrise, where Helen encounters the back-biting, two-faced machinations of the tight-knit friends once shared by Emmet and Rosalyn. Fascinated by the overgrown gardens, trying to maintain her career, shut out by Emmet's friends (and increasingly by Emmet), Helen wonders if Rosalyn's ghost haunts the house, or if there's something more sinister and human going on. The way that Helen uncovers the truth, and the way several of the circle discover what really happened the night Rosalyn died, are interwoven to create a suspenseful modern Gothic that gives a nod to its predecessors while still being fresh. The choice of present-tense narrative is an unfortunate distraction, but King's light touch even in scenes that could have bogged down, and her deep understanding of her characters' motivations makes this an exciting read.
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No loveable characters
Not sure who suggested this book but I would definitely say DON'T read. Shallow.