Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood's biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars. The doting mother of their golden child. But now? She's alone, tortured by a horrifying secret no woman could bear.
Pursued by those she can't outrun, anguished by a guilt she can't endure, and driven close to madness, she flees to the one place she's ever called home: a small town in Vermont where River House still stands. To a child, the splendid hotel was mysterious and magical and all its glamorous guests knew delicious secrets.
Cocooned in its walls, she will write one last book. Her atonement? Or her suicide note?
But life is never as you dream it, and River House isn't what she'd always imagined it was.
Intense, literary, and harrowing, Houdini Heart is a tale of bone-chilling horror, emotional torment, and psychological terror. Gripped by River House, trapped in an aging hotel of mirrors only Houdini could escape, how much can haunt a mind before it too is only a thing once imagined?
"A haunting and disturbing journey through the psyche."-Erika Mailman, Author of "The Witch's Trinity"
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From the age of four, Ki Longfellow knew what she wanted to be...a writer. Or a painter. Writing won. Born on Staten Island, New York, to a French-Irish mother and an Iroquois father, she grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years. She is the widow of a British national treasure, the complete artist Vivian Stanshall, who dreamed her name was Ki. As Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to Bristol, England where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. "Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera," garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews. Her first book, "China Blues," was the subject of a bidding war. "China Blues," and her second novel, "Chasing Women," introduced Longfellow to Hollywood...a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip.
When Vivian died, Ki stopped writing, living on "Standing Room Only Farm" in Vermont. Time may not heal, but it tempers, and eventually Ki began writing again. She chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to tell that tale in her novel "The Secret Magdalene." Nancy Savoca, a brilliant independent film maker (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize with her first film, "True Love") traveled all the way to Vermont to option the book as her next film. "The Secret Magdalene" is currently in pre-production.
Ki's second book in her Divine Feminine series is the recently published "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored woman of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what Mary Magdalene knew in her heart.
She is now at work on the third and last book in this series: "The Woman Who Knew the All," a continuation of the life of Mary Magdalene after the death of Jesus. She was still a young woman. Where did she go? Who did she meet? What happened to her? Surely a being as vital as she would not stop living the kind of life a seeker lives? In this third book, Mary Magdalene comes fully into her own as a woman and as an enlightened being.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm at a lost for words. This book was not what I thought it would be. It was a long continuous descent into insanity. I finished it in 2 readings because there was no natural or appropriate place to leave the story. I think I need to read it again but I have to give it some time to clear my head. I gave it 4 stars, not because I enjoyed the book but because the writing is so powerful.
I think all of us have had that friend at some point in our lives. She is usually a friend that isn’t in your life for long, but she certainly leaves an impression. She talks to you about her life. At first, you are sympathetic because of the terrible things she’s endured. But as the stories goes on, you start to realize that a lot of the misery has been brought on by the storyteller’s own actions. Still, you listen, realizing there is nothing you can say that will make this person see the reason in learning from what has happened and moving on. You grow quieter still as the story goes on further, partly out of interest, partly because you realize this person is completely out of her mind and you don’t want to provoke her in any way. Nevertheless, she’s fascinating. Scary in the way that a rabid raccoon is scary, but fascinating nonetheless. This book is that friend.
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