Girls of Brackenhill
by Moretti, Kate

Haunted by her sister‚??s disappearance, a troubled woman becomes consumed by past secrets in this gripping thriller from theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Vanishing Year . When Hannah Maloney‚??s aunt dies in a car accident, she returns to her family‚??s castle in the Catskills and the epicenter of a childhood trauma: her sister‚??s unsolved disappearance. It‚??s been seventeen years, and though desperate to start a new life with her fianc√©, Hannah is compelled to question the events of her last summer at Brackenhill. When a human bone is found near the estate, Hannah is convinced it belongs to her long-lost sister. She launches her own investigation into that magical summer that ended in a nightmare. As strange happenings plague the castle, Hannah uncovers disturbing details about the past and startling realizations about her own repressed childhood memories. Fueled by guilt over her sister‚??s vanishing, Hannah becomes obsessed with discovering what happened all those years ago, but by the time Hannah realizes some mysteries are best left buried, it‚??s too late to stop digging. Overwhelmed by what she has exposed, Hannah isn‚??t sure her new life can survive her old ghosts.

Seventeen years after her sister vanished from a family estate in the Catskills, Hannah Maloney is pulled back to the place by another calamity and then finds herself buried neck-deep in crimes past and present. While they were tweens and teens, Hannah and her older sister, Julia, spent five consecutive summers with their Aunt Fae and Uncle Stuart in Brackenhill, a neogothic castle high on a hill. They were the best times of Hannah's young life, partly because they got her away from Wes, the alcoholic, abusive man Trina Maloney married after her husband died. But they ended horribly with Julia's still-unexplained disappearance from the place. Now the plunging of Aunt Fae's car from the twisting access road into a ravine has brought Hannah back to Brackenhill along with her fiance, Huck. Upon arriving, they're greeted with the news of Fae's death. Stuart, long stricken with cancer, clearly hasn't long to live. Brackenhill seems to exert an unhealthy power over everyone who enters its orbit. Julia's best friend, Ellie, vanished the year before Julia did. During one of his rare lucid moments, Stuart mutters something about an accident involving someone named Ruby. Fae's best friend, Jin ny Fekete, practices witchcraft and makes it clear that Fae did as well. And Detective Wyatt McCarran, whom both sisters were in love with during their enchanted summers, is becoming more and more convinced that Fae's accidental death was no accident. Link by link, Moretti hypnotically reveals "a tragic, violent daisy chain." Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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