Bliss House: A Novel

Bliss House: A Novel

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by Laura Benedict
     
 

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Death never did come quietly for Bliss House . . . and now a mother and daughter have become entwined in the secrets hidden within its walls.

Amidst the lush farmland and orchards in Old Gate, Virginia, stands the magnificent Bliss House. Built in 1878 as a country retreat, Bliss House is impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious. Decades of strange

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Death never did come quietly for Bliss House . . . and now a mother and daughter have become entwined in the secrets hidden within its walls.

Amidst the lush farmland and orchards in Old Gate, Virginia, stands the magnificent Bliss House. Built in 1878 as a country retreat, Bliss House is impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious. Decades of strange occurrences, disappearances and deaths have plagued the house, yet it remains vibrant. And very much alive.

Rainey Bliss Adams desperately needed a new start when she and her daughter Ariel relocated from St. Louis to Old Gate and settled into the house where the Bliss family had lived for over a century. Rainey’s husband had been killed in a freak explosion that left her 14 year-old daughter Ariel scarred and disfigured.

At the grand housewarming party, Bliss House begins to reveal itself again. Ariel sees haunting visions: the ghost of her father, and the ghost of a woman being pushed to her death off of an upper floor balcony, beneath an exquisite dome of painted stars. And then there is a death the night of the party. Who is the murderer in the midst of this small town? And who killed the woman in Ariel's visions? But Bliss House is loath to reveal its secrets, as are the good folks of Old Gate.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Bliss House, with its blood-stained history of madness and murder, would scare off most potential buyers, but not interior decorator Rainey Bliss Adams, in Benedict’s creepy, solidly crafted supernatural suspense novel. In the wake of the gas explosion in St. Louis that killed her husband and left her 14-year-old daughter, Ariel, badly burned, Rainey moves to Virginia’s Blue Ridge foothills to buy the ancestral home that she fell in love with as a child. For Ariel, the nightmare begins in the wee hours after the housewarming party, when she groggily sees what appears to be a spectral young woman fall to her death from the third-floor balcony; the next morning, there’s a very real body. Lines between fact and fantastic, past and present, increasingly blur, as Benedict (Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts) interweaves the ensuing murder investigation with the chilling story of a young woman kept as a sex slave within Bliss House’s walls a generation earlier. The final revelation hits horrifyingly close to home for Rainey. Agent: Susan Raihofer, David Black Agency. (June)
Erica Spindler
“In Bliss House, Laura Benedict has written just the type of novel I love to read: A ghost story replete with good and evil, the past and present colliding, and compelling characters to root for. It is a story that grabs you by the throat and heart and won't let go.”
Carolyn Hains
“I've longed for this book—an intelligent haunted house story with twists and turns. Laura Benedict is an author to watch. Bliss House ?edges Benedict firmly into Shirley Jackson territory with this rich, evocative novel about the power of blood to corrupt.”
J. T. Ellison
“Benedict's writing is lush and seamless, catapulting the reader into the gripping story from the opening line and holding them, taut and breathless, to the very last. You do not want to miss Bliss House. It's a compulsively readable tour de force from a wonderful writer.”
Jeff Abbott
“Bliss House is a rare accomplishment: a novel that works as a mystery, a ghost story, and a touching family drama. Laura Benedict has written a thoughtful and compelling book.”
Meg Gardiner
“Bliss Housedraws you in and refuses to let you go. Eerie, seductive, and suspenseful. Read it.”
Ron Rash
“Reader be warned! Laura Benedict has written a novel that may well keep you awake at night, and not only because Bliss House is flat-out scary. Benedict knows how to craft a story in such a way that, once begun, it is nearly impossible to put down.”
Bookaholic
“Spine-tingling.Bliss Houseis delightfully haunting.”
The Richmond Times Dispatch
“A classic murder mystery, one in which she skillfully and inextricably links the 'haints' and the homicides—and fills her novel with rich Virginia detail. Unabashedly dark and inevitably addictive. A dream (or would that be a delicious nightmare?) come true for fans of suspense fiction.”
The Chicago Tribune (Past Praise for Laura Benedict)
“Haunting. This mystery will simultaneously tug at the heartstrings and scare the bejesus out of readers. In a word: unforgettable.”
The Chicago Tribune

Past Praise for Laura Benedict:

Haunting.
This mystery will simultaneously tug at the heartstrings and scare the bejesus out of readers. In a word: unforgettable.

Luanne Rice
“An exquisite, closely observed novel. It captivated me instantly and haunts me still.”
Lisa Unger
“Like digging up an unmarked grave in the gloaming. A tense and creepy hunt for the truth about what lies beneath.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605986012
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
06/15/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
66,482
File size:
624 KB

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Meet the Author

Laura Benedict is the author of Charlotte's Story and Bliss House, the first two novels in the Bliss House trilogy, as well as several other novels of dark suspense. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. She lives with her family in Southern Illinois. Visit laurabenedict.com.

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Bliss House 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of Bliss House in a contest. However, I had already decided that I had to read it after seeing a very positive review of it by one of my favorite authors. I could not put it down! This intriguing story grabs your attention from the very beginning and never lets you go...!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started the book and couldn't put it down...it hooks you after the first ten pages. If you love mysteries, ghost stories and intrigue this book is for you...great summer reading, finished it in 3 days  :) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was counting down the days till this book's release date. I was that excited to read it. I was not disappointed, nor will you be. Like all of Laura Benedict's novels, it will hook you from the first page and keeps you guessing to where she is going to bring you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bliss House grabbed my attention from the first page, and didn't let go until the last word.
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
This book is a great mystery with a surprise ending. It is a page turner. I was up till 4am reading. I`m sure you will enjoy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend.
debwill74 6 months ago
I loved this book it was an interesting mixture of thriller and paranormal with a great buildup to the ending
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