Garden of Darkness [NOOK Book]

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Return to the haunted town of Tuonela, Wisconsin, with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anne Frasier to find out if the rumors are true...

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Overview

Return to the haunted town of Tuonela, Wisconsin, with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anne Frasier to find out if the rumors are true...

Book Two
Tuonela Duology

For readers of horror and paranormal fiction
For ages fourteen and up (the book contains a few F-words)
Originally published by Penguin/NAL
RITA finalist
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Note from the author: The first book (Pale Immortal) in the Tuonela duology was crime fiction with a touch of paranormal and horror. It featured adults and teenagers, and was written to appeal to both audiences. The second book in the duology has a stronger YA and fantasy/horror focus.

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Rachel Burton tried to leave, but the killing brought her back. The skinned body was found in the woods, just as Rachel—the town medical examiner—was driving out of Tuonela for good, or so she thought. Now her baby will be born here, and the betrayal of Evan Stroud—the man she’s always loved, the man who can never see the light of day—will continue to haunt her waking and sleeping hours…

Others are coming to Tuonela, drawn to the legend of the Pale Immortal, the so-called vampire whose exhumed body is now on display. And others will die. As Evan succumbs to madness, those around him will suspect the worst of him. But everything he is rumored to be will pale in comparison to the one who has been awakened…
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012478641
  • Publisher: Belfry Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2011
  • Series: Tuonela Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 174,427
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Frasier (a.k.a. Theresa Weir) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-three books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Going back to 1988, Weir’s debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. Her short stories and poetry can be found in DISCOUNT NOIR, ONCE UPON A CRIME, and THE LINEUP, POEMS ON CRIME. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.


Recent releases:

The Orchard — a Theresa Weir memoir (hardcover) September 2011 Grand Central Publishing
Deadly Treats — a Halloween anthology edited and compiled by Anne Frasier (trade paperback) September 2011 Nodin Press
Max Under the Stars— Theresa Weir digital-only short story/fantasy, 2011

Upcoming releases:

Once Upon a Crime anthology, Red Cadillac (short story) by Anne Frasier — April 2012
Second Theresa Weir memoir (Alzeheimer's), coming late 2012
Book One of the Cat Trilogy (Theresa Weir) coming late 2012
Play Dead sequel (Anne Frasier), coming early 2013
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    too convuloted

    Could not finish story and quit 1/3 into it waiting for it to get interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it!

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    Supernatural Thriller

    Rachel Burton tried to leave, but the killing brought her back. The skinned body was found in the woods, just as Rachel—the town medical examiner—was driving out of Tuonela for good, or so she thought. Now her baby will be born here, and the betrayal of Evan Stroud—the man she’s always loved, the man who can never see the light of day—will continue to haunt her waking and sleeping hours…

    Others are coming to Tuonela, drawn to the legend of the Pale Immortal, the so-called vampire whose exhumed body is now on display. And others will die. As Evan succumbs to madness, those around him will suspect the worst of him. But everything he is rumored to be will pale in comparison to the one who has been awakened…

    Tuonela is a town whose name means "land of the dead" and there's a dark secret that even the locals refuse to speak about. The residents are shockingly use to the mysteries deaths, soft whispers on the wind, and the Old-Tuonela ghost town, only 5-miles away, where only a few brave souls dare to visit. Yet, with the opening of the new museum exhibit displaying the mummified body of the "Pale Immortal" (the supposed town vampire from 100 years ago, Richard Manchester), Tuonela is now being overrun with out-siders and journalists . . . including some university students completing their senior work of a Blair Witch Project- esque documentary on the town's haunted past. What's Tuoneal and it's residents to do when a dark history begins to unravel?

    There are five characters that the reader follows throughout "Garden of Darkness". The first being Rachel Burton, a town local, whose parents passed away a few year previously. She's also the only one in Tuonela to complete a full autopsy on the skinless cadavers. She desperately wants to leave the town and move to California, but is basically coerced into staying, even though she's eight months pregnant. Next is Alastair Stroud, the chief of police, and father to the town's most talked about resident, Evan. He takes up drinking again after discovering some disturbing facts about a terrible mistake he made in the past. Evan Stroud suffers from a skin disease that makes him sensitive to light as well as the brunt to every vampire joke in Tuonela. He shares a dark secret with his father and is driven to the point of insanity in this book. Next we have, Graham Stroud, Evan's son, who escaped from an abusive mother to find his heritage and is disappointed in what he discovers. He now works as a part-time security guard at the museum while completing high school, but gets close with outsider, Kristin Blackmoore, whose is in town working on the documentary.

    The story is a bit rocky here and there, but easy enough to follow overall. At the beginning, the reader really has no idea what is going on since following so many different point-of-views. Eventually the POVs begin to collide and the tale gets creepier and creepier. It's like a nice Dean Koontz tale with footsteps outside your bedroom door when you're home alone or spooky scratching sounds in the dead of night. I LOVE that! Sadly it's also one of those books that builds up nicely, but ends abruptly. Boo! The only way to truly enjoy this book is reading it late into the night. Sweet Dreams.

    Likes: The spook factors throughout the tale were fun.

    Dislikes: This was Book #2 in a trilogy and unfortunately, book #3 will never be published in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    A great second part to Pale Immortal

    Loved evrerything about this story! I will read many more books by anne frasier! Amazing......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    I love these books!!

    Ok I had never read Anne Frasier until I read these books...let me tell you I am so very impressed!! Pale Immortal and Garden of Darkness are some of the better books I've read in a long time. I loved every moment I was reading and the ending of the story is just perfect!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Great book

    Nice 2nd story to pale immortal. Enjoyed reading it although pale immortal was better in my opinion, but garden of darkness wasnt so far behind. Couldnt put it down

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Keep lights on

    This whole series is spooky love it

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Great book! Highly recommend AFTER you read "Pale Immortal"

    Anne Frasier really knows how to pull you into a story fast. An excellent read.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Spirit

    I just love the way Anne Frasier writes. She really takes you into the heart of her stories. These creepy, goulish stories really are amaazing. That you really become invested not only in the characters but in the place and its history is not easy to accomplish, but this author does it every time. Good job............

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Awesome

    Although i loved this sequel to pale immortal i felt the ending leaves an opening for another book.....the ending for me was just too abrupt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Vampires and Mummies and Ghouls, Oh My

    Pinning down the protagonist of this fast paced tale of horror by Anne Frasier proved difficult. It seemed a shared effort among video journalist Kristin Blackmoore, father and son residents of Tuonela, Evan and Graham Stroud, and local coroner, Rachael Burton. But that didn't stop this story of awakened evil from immediately pulling me in and holding my interest all the way to the somewhat anti-climactic ending. All things considered, I found the book well written and worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Wonderfully Creepy

    In this sequel to Pale Immortal, Anne Frasier delivers a perfect blend of supernatural and psychological suspense. A definite 10 on the 'chill meter.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    A Frightening Haunting

    In this sequel, Anne Frasier takes readers back to the haunting of Old Tuonela as the town's forgotten dead are awakened by the museum display of the evil vampire and murderer, the Pale Immortal, and igniting a series of shocking and gruesome deaths. Frasier once again brings life to unique, dark characters and uses her expert level of storytelling to add realism to this tale of ghostly possession. Readers will discover Old Tuonela as a place where lost souls, both dead and alive, fight for dominance as secrets of the past and present collide. A mixture of Amityville Horror with a historical twist of revenge, this novel is dark, chilling, and down right terrifying. If you need a strong fix of supernatural scary, Garden of Darkness, is where you'll find it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Too much happened in Tuonela, Wisconsin to allow her unborn baby to be born in a place filled with evil memories caused by supernatural malevolent beings (see PALE IMMORTAL), but especially of one betrayer, her once beloved Evan Stroud. Thus medical examiner Rachel Burton is leaving town to move past his nightmarish duplicity. --- However, before she leaves town, a skinned corpse is found in the nearby woods. People also complain that they see spirits walking the streets as if the dead have come back to life. Everyone blames Evan, but no one not even Stroud understands yet that the prize display of the Tuonela Museum, THE PALE IMMORTAL alleged vampire corpse, is calling out to the deceased and the living dead. All are coming to town, especially to the Old Tuonela part of town, and no one not even a pregnant medical examiner can leave. --- GARDEN OF DARKNESS, the second Tuonela thriller is a fabulous horror thriller that combines events from the past with a frightening present. The story line grips the audience from the moment a couple driving stop when the woman who just miscarried sees a girl and never slows down from her first scream to the last confrontation. Keep the lights on as Anne Frasier provides a powerfully scary supernatural tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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