Synopses & Reviews
When graduate student Aine Cahill uncovers a journal proving that her aunt Bonnie was an intimate companion of Henry David Thoreau’s during his supposedly solitary sojourn at Walden Pond, she knows that she has found the perfect subject for her dissertation.
She decides to travel to Walden Pond herself to hunker down and work on her writing, but it quickly becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Thoreau’s woodland retreat. The further Aine delves into Bonnie’s diary the more she finds herself wondering about her family’s sinister legacy and even her own sanity — is there really a young girl lurking in the woods?
As tragedy strikes a nearby town and suspicion falls on Aine, she scrambles to find the truth behind Thoreau’s paradise.
"Chesterton (a pen name of Carolyn Haines) follows 2013's The Darkling with an inventive if slightly muddled paranormal thriller. Literature grad student Aine Cahill receives a journal chronicling an affair between Bonnie Cahill, an ancestor of Aine's, and Henry David Thoreau during Thoreau's sojourn at Walden Pond. If authentic, the discovery would guarantee the academic career Aine craves, so she doesn't question the mysterious delivery. Moving to an inn near the site of Thoreau's cabin, she finds danger instead of the verification she seeks. A young girl only Aine can see haunts Walden woods, becoming more threatening with each appearance; two local residents are killed; the diary entries alter, growing darker. Aine has to wonder whether human evil, supernatural forces, or her own mental disturbances are at work. Spooky motifs such as disfigured dolls, family curses, and visions of a white whale distract from the central story line, but Aine's struggle with her own illusions is genuinely effective. Agent: Marian Young, Young Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Chesterton...deftly blends the supernatural and the historical." Kirkus Reviews
A young graduate student travels to Walden Pond expecting to find inspiration in the quiet solitude but finds something eerie and malevolent living deliberately in Thoreau’s woods.
About the Author
R.B. Chesterton is the pseudonym for Carolyn Haines, who was the 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the 2009 recipient of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and the 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She is the author of more than sixty books in a number of genres. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of South Alabama where she teaches fiction writing.