Death Rhythm by Joel Arnold
Andrew Byrd figured his mother had been over-protective; the way she stood in his doorway at night, watching him fall asleep, the way she'd call him her baby doll, even after he was much too old for that sort of thing.
But sometimes madness is buried deep.
After an accidental meeting with Mae Stone, an aunt he'd never known, he learns of his mother's sadistic past, and the awful things she'd done.
He learns of another aunt as well - one who played an old drum to drown out the screams coming from the basement, an aunt who didn't survive his mother's torments.
When he meets Mae's strange neighbors - the beautiful redhead Natalie and her father Hector - he realizes that his mother's horrible past has not entirely disappeared.
In fact, it has merely lain dormant, waiting for something - or someone - to bring it raging back to the present.
And now...how will they drown out the screams?
"From the opening scene of this book, I was hooked...Joel Arnold has written a novel that would make King fans not only proud, but thoroughly satisfied...I dare you to read this book without the hairs on your arms standing completely on end."
- Tiffany's Bookshelf