Amid the beauty of Charleston, not all is as it seems.
When her husband Liam is killed by a car bomb while their Celtic band is on tour in Charleston, singer and Irish beauty Alanna doesn’t quite know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but Alanna knows she can’t lose the only piece of Liam she has left.
Alanna’s manager offers her a marriage of convenience to obtain U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution until she arrives at the family home of her new husband—a decaying mansion with more questions than answers.
Strange things begin happening that threaten Alanna’s life and the life of her child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is something more sinister at work?
A mysterious painting, a haunting melody, and a love stronger than death leave Alanna questioning where darkness ends and light begins.
This book intrigued me from the start and I would consider it a modern day take on a gothic story. The mysteriousness of the storyline compelled me to continue to turn the pages long into the night. I could not quite connect with the character of Alanna. I somewhat understood why she did what she did, especially when her life took such an unreal turn. Pregnant and alone and receiving no help from family made her decisions more realistic. Her background was also a reason that made some of what I felt were poor decisions, more in line with her character. As I was reading this I was unsure of what and whom to trust. Everyone seemed distant and untrustworthy.
Ms. Coble definitely throws in some twists that make you think and second guess as Alanna, Jesse, and their bandmates did. However, some of the conclusions that they came up with were doozies and I was not sure what to make of them. At times I couldn’t wrap my mind on why they were thinking the way they were when a believable solution was not that far out of reach. For what it was, along the lines of a gothic novel, it was interesting and at times a creepy read. I just had to keep reality suspended.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.