A deadly storm, a missing three-year-old child, a grisly murder, and the eerie presence of the spirits of the dead set the stage for the second mesmerizing installment of Loretta Marion's paranormal suspense series.
A powerful storm descends upon Cape Cod's Whale Rock at the peak of tourist season--and the weekend Cassandra Mitchell's and Daniel Benjamin's wedding is set to take place at The Bluffs, the magnificent Victorian mansion Cassie inherited from her family. In the wake of the storm's destruction, three-year-old Lucas Kleister goes missing--and the body of small-time drug dealer Lee Chambers is found in a restaurant dumpster. Now, the WRPD are faced with a murder to solve, a missing child to find, and the aftermath of one of the worst storms in recent memory.
While aiding with the clean-up and helping the displaced, Cassie has been receiving cryptic messages from the spirits of her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, the original residents of The Bluffs. At first, the messages are benign, but soon, they begin to point to something more sinister. As Cassie works to decipher their meaning, the specter of a mysterious local legend surfaces. The tale of Barnacle Boy--and what happened to him during another destructive storm decades earlier--will weave through the desperate search to find Lucas and the identity of the killer.
The approach of tropical storm Chantal propels the action of Marion's gripping sequel to 2018's House of Ashes. In Whale Rock Village, Mass., Cassie Mitchell postpones her wedding to former FBI agent Daniel Benjamin. While helping locals and tourists prepare for the storm, she finds a dead body in a dumpster. Meanwhile, three-year-old Lucas Kleister, the son of a wealthy tourist, goes missing. Opening her historic home to those stranded, Cassie soon realizes she may have the murder suspect and possible child abductor right under her roof. Amid the chaos of the storm, a strange woman is seen in Cassie's family cemetery leaving flowers on the grave of an unidentified child known as the Barnacle Boy, who drowned in Cape Cod Bay decades earlier. The frantic search for Lucas opens up old wounds for the townspeople and brings to light startling connections among Cassie's houseguests, the missing child, and the long ago mystery of the Barnacle Boy. Marion seamlessly weaves the multiple story threads together. Fans of tales of regional intrigue will be satisfied.