Annabelle Bingham knows the mansion at 46 Bridge Street is a steal for a very good reason: it was one of the three “Murder Houses” used by the Sleeping Beauty Killer a century ago. However, given their house-hunting budget – limited to say the least – and the absence of any other affordable, decent family homes in Mundy’s Landing, Annabelle and her husband Trib decide to buy the mansion recently owned by Augusta Purcell.
Even though the town is gearing up to celebrate the centennial of the Sleeping Beauty Murders, Annabelle is positive that she and her husband and their young son Oliver can avoid any curiosity seekers, who might decide to “visit” their new home. What Annabelle didn’t take into account is that mixed among the harmless tourists is someone much more dangerous: a killer, who plans on celebrating by recreating the Sleeping Beauty Murders right down to the last detail.
Staub successfully continues her “Mundy’s Landing” series with another thrilling, chilling, and completely fulfilling tale of spooky suspense that will hook readers from the very first chapter and not let them go until the novel’s stunning conclusion. Characterization is just one of Staub’s strengths as an author, and with Annabelle Bingham, Staub has created another sympathetic protagonist with whom readers can easily relate. Combine this with a cleverly conceived plot that keeps readers guessing as to the identity of the villain, and you have a superbly crafted book that is not only every bit as good as Blood Red, but one that will have readers eagerly anticipating their next visit to Mundy’s Landing and its blood-spattered past.