The Curse of Misty Wayfair

The Curse of Misty Wayfair

by Jaime Jo Wright

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ISBN-13: 9781493417285
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 184,391
File size: 8 MB

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Jaime Jo Wright ( is the Christy Award-Winning author of The House on Foster Hill. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Jaime Jo Wright is the Christy Award-Winning author of The House on Foster Hill. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit

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Curse of Misty Wayfair 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
MKWD52 less than 1 minute ago
Like all Jaime Jo Wright previous two novels this one involves a dual timeline also. You have Thea Reed in the past in the early 1900s and the present is Heidi Lane. The story starts out a little creepy as Thea Reed goes to the home of the recently deceased and takes photos of the dead woman. This may seems ghoulish for people today but it was a common practice then for people to take memory photographs of the dead. Misty Wayfair plays a part in both stories. In the first story the death of Misty Wayfair happened quite a few years previously. The legend of Misty Wayfair continues even to the modern story. Who was Misty Wayfair and how was she connected to both women? I had to keep reading to find out the mystery of who Misty Wayfair was and her influence on the people of the town. This story deals with mental illness in both stories, mental illness and the institutions that are supposed to help heal these people. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is due to be released on January 22, 2019.
NatalieRae less than 1 minute ago
Emotionally gripping, Jaime Jo Wright delivers a captivating split-time mystery that'll leave you unable to breathe and unwilling to put this book down until the very last page. Ethereal in its ghostly beauty is the mysterious legend of Misty Wayfair, the ghost that beckons for someone to hear her cries, learn her story, and see her suffering. Ms. Wright invites readers into the haunted lives of two women, Thea and Heidi, whose own troubled pasts trap them in a century old curse. Chilling in its setting among the bluish gray forest that hides the secrets of an asylum, Ms. Wright holds nothing back. Bringing her characters to their knees to reveal deep wounds that can only be healed by the precious balm of truth she so aptly weaves into a story that offers not only hope and redemption to her characters but the chance to be seen for who they really are. This story will resonate with readers and move them. A must read. Ms. Wright's best story yet.
KaileyBechtel 1 hours ago
This truly is Jaime Jo Wright’s best book yet! They stories in this book are haunting, yet beautiful. I absolutely loved this book! I was hooked from page one! I couldn’t put it down! This is definitely going on my keeper shelf. This is one of those books that you will wish you could reread for the first time again and again! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Virginiaw 1 hours ago
I loved this story. There was a lot of suspense and some creepiness. This is a story that goes back and forth between the present and the past. By going back and forth you learn what happened and what is currently happening. I did not want to stop reading so stayed up later than I should on work days. I loved the characters from the past and present. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
KR3 2 hours ago
Honestly, I didn’t make it very far in this one. I admit, I am incredibly lightweight on scary stories. This isn’t a horror story (no blood and least as far as I got). But it still gave me chills. It is incredibly interesting, but I just can’t read it alone at night! From the fascinating fact that Thea takes photographs of dead people as mementos (back in the 1800’s this was a thing), to the insane asylum, to the mystery of Misty Wayfair, this book has many intriguing factors. But I’m a wimp. So I couldn’t read much at all. Jamie Jo Wright is an excellent author and I’ve enjoyed her debut book, so if you have a bit more intestinal fortitude than I do, give this one a shot! Just not on Halloween night. Rated PG-13 for ghosts. :)
TrixiO 2 hours ago
“A ghost had risen up from the album's pages, beckoned to her, and begged to have her story told.” This book should come with a warning label: Do Not Read At Night! I mean you are talking an age old curse of Misty Wayfair who is said to haunt the woods that surround an old asylum. Just reading about the legend had my skin crawling...GAH! But as with the other two novels Wright has written, there really is much more to it than meets the eye! Layers upon layers and threads upon threads twist and curl like a ghostly hand to keep you absolutely glued to the pages. And again, as the other two Wright novels, the lives of two women separated by a hundred years of history weave a tale of family secrets that would rather stay buried in the ground. They don't want to give up the ghost, in a manner of speaking! With her signature snappish prose and words that come alive, Wright had me digging deeper into two families who seemingly have no connection. As those threads began to knit together, more and more questions begged to be answered. How did Misty Wayfair connect two women? What do Thea and Heidi have in common? And how can I possibly write a review without giving anything away? Just know that I as I read this, I was both scared out of my mind and yet was too morbidly fascinated not to continue till the end. After all, there were answers I needed to know, almost as necessary as breathing! Really under it all is the lesson two women learn trying to find their identity and place in the world, but ultimately finding their Creator God had already carved out a place for them in Him. “We weren't created to find our identity in life. We were created to discover our Creator. In doing so, our identity is defined.” Compelling, beautifully haunting, poignant, engaging, and thrilling, this story will wrap itself around you capturing more than just your emotions. It'll remind you of who you are and what you were meant to be in Christ. *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on the author's behalf and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
E_Espinoza 5 hours ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfair, by Jamie Jo Wright, is a truly captivating novel! When an old and eerie legend that has become a mere wisp of memory from the past is mysteriously connected to dangerous and suspenseful events of the present, this intensely gripping time-slip novel becomes utterly compelling and engrossing. With superb pacing, relevant facts and details are thoughtfully unveiled, exposing the truth behind the secretive and disturbing circumstances in which the characters find themselves. The quest to make sense of the unsettling and frightening events makes for an extremely mesmerizing reading experience. The intricate, well-developed plot is absolutely riveting as it gradually reveals its shocking and unexpected truths in both the past and the present. Though they are separated by eleven decades, the two, interrelated storylines flow harmoniously alongside each other like two adjacent waterfalls spilling over stones in a woodland stream. When presented with alarming circumstances and baffling secrets, the characters possess a spirit of perseverance and strength that is remarkably inspiring. As they grapple with fear, loss, and insecurities, the characters manage to find hope and to pursue truth. No matter what secrets are revealed or what facts are discovered, the characters learn to believe in the truth that they have been created with purpose and have been thoughtfully and lovingly designed to lead a life that is meaningful and valuable. With terrific skill and careful attention to detail, Ms. Wright has crafted an unforgettable novel. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is an incredibly fascinating story from beginning to end. The absorbing mystery, meaningful themes, and thrilling suspense are intensely satisfying. It is a well-written, engaging, and relevant novel, and I eagerly recommend it.
marongm8 5 hours ago
This book was so extravagant and thrilling to read because it was an unsolved mystery about a woman who was murdered and her ghost haunts the town and its people for many years. This book could be the grown up version of Hocus Pocus but instead of three sisters and children, its young middle aged women and one woman that is haunting the town. When readers engage in this book, they will not want to stop reading and find out who really is Misty Wayfair? What will it take to finally put her to rest? and What will happen to Heidi and Thea after they encounter and release Misty's spirit? That is why we give this book 5 stars.
GailHollingsworth 6 hours ago
This is the third book I’ve read by Jaime Jo Wright and in my humble opinion, the best one yet, although they are all great reads! This is a time slip novel that went back and forth from the early 1900s to present day but in the same small town. I was held “captive” from the very first chapter right up to the end. Thea, from 1908, and Heidi, from present day were two very lost souls that had me sad because of their plights. Neither felt loved nor wanted from childhood on. It warped them in different ways and had them searching for acceptance as well as where they came from in their family histories. The stigma of mental illness, special needs and anxiety disorders were all included but dealt with in a sensitive and thoughtful way by the author. The hinting of “ghosts”, strange messages and break-ins all added to the excitement and mystery along with an insane asylum hidden in the woods outside of the town. The way patients were looked at and treated has changed dramatically over the years. Many were left in these asylums to be forgotten and eventually die. Even I in my twenties worked in a hospital that did numerous electric shock treatments daily. My son is an RN that works in a mental hospital and procedures and treatments are so much more humane than they used to be. You will find yourself spellbound and quickly turning pages to find out what the mystery is involving Misty Wayfair. I never figured it out on my own, but was dumbfounded right up till the end. To me, signs of a great writer with a very vivid imagination! I received an ebook from the publisher through Netgalley but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
BrittanyMc 8 hours ago
I found The Curse of Misty Wayfair to be spooky and deliciously disturbing! That may seem like a strange thing to say, yet it describes the way I felt compelled to uncover the mysteries of both storylines with each page turn, while also having to limit my reading to the daylight hours to keep from getting completely creeped out! Knowing that this story was Christian fiction, I was aware that there must be some explanation behind the ghostly sightings, but the author kept me guessing as to what exactly was happening in both the present and past timelines. Both storylines were fascinating to me, with the one in the past particularly so as it dealt with post-mortem photography, superstitions that seemed to be held throughout the entire town, and the local insane asylum. In both storylines, the heroines struggled with truth versus myth, acceptance, and feeling unloved. And Thea, from the storyline set in the past, struggled with her beliefs regarding superstition versus God. This was a very interesting novel! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
RachsRamblings 9 hours ago
I’m just going to start this review by saying I cannot do this book justice. Secondly, in discussing this book, I want to assure you this may be a spooky story, but it is not a ghost story. This is a brilliant read...Thea,Emma, and Heidi are my favorite characters. The characters really drive the story...which is a deep one. The author writes a spectacular novel to bring forth several wonderful Biblical truths. It’s one of those novels that I don’t think one read fully gives you everything. A split time read with pictures of the dead, an old asylum, and a family feud that makes for a creepy but mesmerizing read that I still find in my thoughts from time to time. The author slowly throughout the book reveals pieces of the mystery and the faith’s like pealing back something deceptive to reveal the truth underneath that so few want known. Impossible to describe but definitely a must read— just please go buy it. There is just SO much in this many truths. Don’t be put off by the spooky...all things aren’t what they seem with the legend of Misty Wayfair...but her Creator is everywhere...and just waiting to be found by anyone who seeks Him. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
caribougirl 9 hours ago
This book was absolutely amazing! In typical fashion for this author, this book was a dual timeline mystery where the full story only unfolds once both timeline mysteries are solved. Also, in true Jaime Jo Wright fashion, the mysteries had a serious "creep factor" element in them. I'm hyper sensitive towards those things, and could therefore not read this one at night (as is, I still had creepy ghostly dreams a couple of nights while reading this one!). This book follows the story of Thea Reed, who in 1908 was a traveling post-mortem photographer and Heidi Lane, who in present day, is the family black sheep and prodigal daughter, so to speak. Both of them make their way to the small town of Pleasant Valley, WI, based on a letter received about their family history. Both go to this small town that boasts of a lumber mill, an asylum built in the woods, and a legend of a familial curse that come by hauntings. They go seeking answers about their pasts and their tales end with them finding so much more - about themselves and their Creator. It doesn't hurt that they both find love along the way, though the romance thread is pretty subtle. This book touched on some more sensitive topics, including treatment of the mentally ill, anxiety disorders and living with someone with autism. The author researched these topics well and handled them with finesse. This book also plumbed the spiritual depths and spoke to the difference between legalism and grace. I really appreciated the spiritual arc in this book and it really spoke to me where I am as well. I've been a HUGE fan of Jaime Jo Wright since I read her debut novel about a year ago. I believe The Curse of Misty Wayfair is her best yet. The legend in the story is about a ghost and I honestly didn't know until the very end whether or not the ghost was real. This was one that stuck with me any time I would put the book down. While I was at work, I was thinking about the characters and the story line and wondering what was true and what wasn't. The mark of a good story is how well it sticks in your subconscious and since I was dreaming of Misty Wayfair, it tells me that it was pretty stuck in my subconscious. :) The emotions (and yes, the creep factor) went pretty deep, and because of that, the underlying message hit just right. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery, historical or contemporary fiction, I would highly recommend this one! Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers for an advanced copy of this book. I was not obligated to write a positive review and the opinions contained herein are my own.
Traesmama 9 hours ago
Another thriller by Jaime Jo Wright! She tackled the tough issue of mental health weaving it into an edge of your seat suspense thriller. From postmortem photography to asylums deep in the woods to ghostly appearances, you are caught up in the story as it takes you from Thea’s life in the 1900’s to present day Heidi’s life with heart pounding action. Both Thea and Heidi are diverse, unique characters in their own right that you are quickly endured too. While each travel a different journey with its own challenges, their lives are effected by the same past. I felt the way the stigma of mental health issues including anxiety and depression were exposed in a beautiful way. It is a tough issue to tackle but if we are honest, touching all of us in one form or another. My favorite quote from the book is “This place-this life-will break us. But from above, our Creator reaches into the depths, and He will carve us into something new.” Throughout the stories of both Thea and Heidi, each grapple with their faith, past, and present. We are able to walk with them as they struggle and find where our true hope lies in the Creator. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and the author, Jaime Jo Wright, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
irishniff 9 hours ago
With this gripping story, Wright has raised the standard for this genre. Jaime Jo Wright uses wonderfully descriptive language to create a mysterious setting for her suspenseful tale. I especially enjoy how Wright intricately connects the stories from the two time periods. The characters were created with care and I appreciate that Wright handles those dealing with illness with honor and respect. Hopefully, the author’s accurate depictions and poignant lessons will lead to more compassion in our world. This book grabbed my full attention because I did not want to miss one word and I won’t miss her next book. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
CLKane 10 hours ago
Ms. Wright has expertly crafted this brilliant story! She seamlessly weaves the past and present of this dual time-line tale. Her attention to detail will have you cautiously looking out your windows and checking your locks. Ms. Wright has a remarkable ability to convey spiritual truths that will challenge you to go deeper in your own walk. These nuggets of truth will stay with you long after you have finished the book. Jaime Jo Wright is an author not to miss! I look forward to reading more of her phenomenal novels! I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
SusanKC 12 hours ago
A legendary curse is the key to the secrets that haunt two women in this eerie timeslip tale. A mysterious photo, cryptic messages, an abandoned insane asylum and a legendary ghost play a role in just a few of the many delicious spine-tingling moments as Heidi's search for answers parallels Thea's quest a century before. Each individual story's threads are masterfully woven together to create a hauntingly beautiful tapestry. Ms. Wright's ability to build the suspense equally between both stories keeps her readers invested in both story-lines. While the ghost of Misty Wayfair held me spellbound, it was the story of brokenness, the story of healing and finding purpose from our Creator that spoke to this reader's heart. Since her debut novel, Jaime Jo Wright will remain one of the authors whose books will always be on top of my TBR. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
MaureenST 13 hours ago
The author has us spanning centuries with the same family in a small area of Wisconsin, and how are they connected, they are but? We keep guessing and was surprised how the pieces all fell together. People hiding deep secrets, and wow when they begin to unfold, I never saw some of them coming. A compelling page turner that will keep you up late reading and searching for answers. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
SBMC 14 hours ago
"You're like a sailor's siren, Thea. Dangerous. I don't know why, but you call me with a silent song. I'm afraid you will wreck me." Wow. Just wow. This is the first book by Jaime Jo Wright that I have read and it is absolutely amazing! The writing is lyrical, melodic, and haunting. The plot has delicious twists and turns as Thea works out her heritage in 1908 and Heidi works our her own in current day Wisconsin. The characters are so real and memorable. And the author manages to provide stark, vivid, and somewhat chilling description of the asylum and the awful practices in early 1900s, as well as an inside look at anxiety and dementia during the current day, while painting a high level of eerie suspense into the background. I truly enjoyed meeting Thea and Simeon from 1908 Pleasant Valley, WI. Thea is a tender, loyal, and loving woman who comes to Pleasant Valley to try to find her mother. Her work as a traveling post-mortem photographer has her meeting Simeon who is a faithful, loyal, and sweet man from an ostracized family in the town. The folklore of Misty Wayfair and her supposed ghost that is haunting Simeon's family become central to their relationship as Thea and Simeon work together to figure out what happened to Thea's mother. Heidi, with her flighty and rebellious ways, and Rhett, with his brooding yet intelligent and loyal ways, work together in current day Pleasant Valley to figure out why Heidi's mother, who is suffering from dementia, has called her to the town where she now resides in a memory unit. The folklore of Misty Wayfair, which is tied to the town itself, resurfaces in Heidi and Rhett's relationship but you will be surprised at how the "curse" plays out in the end. The spiritual truths, given by Simeon in 1908 and Rhett and his mother Connie in current day, are spot on and provide the needed light in both Thea and Heidi's life as they navigate their dark pasts. What an incredible read! I must go back and read The House on Foster Hill and The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. If you enjoy well-written suspense, you will love this book. And it has a dual timeline as an added bonus! I was given a copy of this book by the author and Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
thisgalsjourney 24 hours ago
I honestly don't know how Jaime Jo Wright does it. The three books I have read by her have all been excellent--each one better than the last, in fact. And each one with its own distinct style, tone, and message. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is a haunting, intense journey exploring identity, grace, and the stigma surrounding mental illness. Wright expertly and sensitively navigates the ragged history of mental illness care and "treatment," while keeping the integrity of the truth. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is dark and creepy, yet laced with hope and grace. Definitely creepier than her previous two novels, it is not so dark as to lose the strong element of faith that ties both timelines together. When I had to tear myself away from this book to tend to my responsibilities, I found myself aching to return to the story--as if by my presence I could protect Heidi and Thea from the haunting and mystery shrouding their lives as they fight to uncover the truth--the truth they aren't sure they truly want to know. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Wright is a master storyteller with honest and flawed characters that display God's grace and compassion through their imperfect search for purpose and identity.
LucyMR1 1 days ago
With each stroke of the pen Ms. Wright creates a work of art that draws you into a world of mystery that spans from 1908 to present day. I love the way the dual time line is woven together so intricate that you never miss a beat while reading. I find the subject of mental illness and how it was treated so heartbreaking, but love how well researched it is. This book captures your attention from page one and eerily draws you into the story. The subject matter of mental illness, dementia, and being orphaned are dealt with in a sensitive manner and is very thought provoking. Not a run of the mill read, this is unpredictable with secrets and twists and turns that are captivating. This author has become a force to be reckoned with and deserves many accolades for her stellar writing style. I loved Thea and Heidi and how their stories are intertwined like two trees gnarled together after a century. Absolutely will be on my top ten books of 2019. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
cularien 2 days ago
I started reading The Curse of Misty Wayfair at night. I made it about 20 pages before realizing it’s much better to read in … oh, broad daylight! Misty Wayfair is both very similar to and very different from Jaime Jo Wright’s other books, The House on Foster Hill and The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. (Read my reviews on Foster Hill here and Gossamer Pond here.) Wright uses dual time periods to follow Thea Reed’s 1908 story and Heidi Lane’s, set in present day, to great success (no surprise there!). This method was very successful in Wright’s other books, and she absolutely pulls it off here. Misty Wayfair felt darker to me than the others, though perhaps most comparable to Gossamer Pond. Certainly spooky, and focusing on a mystery many characters believe to be a ghost, it makes for quite the Halloween read! An October release date would not have gone amiss. I took quite a bit longer reading this book, as well. Part of that was to savor Wright’s way with words (pardon the alliteration); she truly has a rare gift. I knew this already, but Misty Wayfair cemented it! I was also just plain scared at times, and may have channeled “Home Alone”‘s Kevin McAllister, turning on all the lights after a bout of reading. Jane Austen’s Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey) would love Misty Wayfair‘s Gothic turn; L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables, etc.) would say it’s the perfect story to make you “deliciously scared”. I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Stacy Simmons 2 days ago
From the very first page, I was intrigued. Several pages more, and it gave me the wonderful tingles that a Hitchcock movie causes its viewers to feel. Also, the stark, clarity of characters and eerie sensation a Stephen King novel imbues in its reader. The realism in this book might give you pause to not read it in the night, keep forging forward, this is one sensational read! It caused some two-cups of coffee mornings as I "burned the midnight oil" wanting to read this story. I only hope her next book will be coming out soon, I'm not sure if I'm patient enough to wait.
ShareeS 2 days ago
Wow. That one word sums up The Curse of Misty Wayfair, the third book by Jaime Jo Wright. This book had me up at night, invaded my dreams, and kept me transfixed within the story. We’re taken into 1908 and the tale of Thea Reed, a young photographer who specializes in memento mori. When Thea takes pictures for the Coyle family, she finds herself drawn into their sad existence and is mystified to learn about the curse of Misty Wayfair, a ghost said to haunt anyone who gets close to the Coyles. Present day, Heidi Lane has returned to Pleasant Valley at the behest of her mother and it means facing an overly critical sister and secrets Heidi didn’t know existed. But someone else has been waiting for Heidi’s arrival. Strange occurrences and notes about Heidi’s sanity exceed bothersome and delve into terrifying. Thea and Heidi search for answers to their own questions while unraveling a legend and trying to survive The Curse of Misty Wayfair. One more word to describe this book. Outstanding. Worth every second of reading, this book tops my all-time favorites.
Anonymous 2 days ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright is phenomenal and profound. If I could give it more stars I would. This is one of my top reads of 2019. Pleasant Valley, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, connects Thea Reed and Heidi Lane across the decades as does the legend of Misty Wayfair. Thea and Heidi have been searching for acceptance and identity and their journeys intersect in the unlikely place of an insane asylum. The dual-time story is rich with the mysterious. The narrative is elegant, evoking a setting that pulls you into the story. The characters Ms. Wright pens are flawed, human, and relatable. She aptly portays each time period and connects them seamlessly. The heroes are supportive of the heroines and they are the strong silent types but have their own personalities. The spiritual truth within these pages is something we all need to ponder: “We weren’t created to find our identity in life. We were created to discover our Creator. In doing so, our identity is defined.” I love that Ms.Wright starts where the Bible starts: with a Creator and His creation. For Jesus was revealed in Genesis! Ms. Wright handles the topics of mental illness and autism with finesse and sensitivity. How she presents the contrasts of 1908 and the present shows how far we have come in the care of these disorders. How could this baffling saga impact a lady from 1908 and one from another century? I had a delightful time as the stories unfolded. This is the kind of Christian Fiction I adore: suspenseful and historical. Although the book comes to a satisfying conclusion, I am glad not all the threads were tied up at the end. It gives you something to ponder. This story will linger. This is the third novel I have read by Jaime Jo Wright and she just keeps getting better! I recommend this novel to those who are looking for an exceptional, thought provoking, engrossing and intense Christian book. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
Perrianne 4 days ago
You’ve got to wonder about a mind that can produce the thrilling kind of stories Ms. Wright produces, but I just happily devour each and every one. From an abandoned mansion, tragedy at Gossamer Pond or an abandoned insane asylum, each book just gets better and better and better. I would call the theme for this novel searching. In this wonderfully crafted time split, each character is searching for their mother, and what they realize least of all is that they are also searching for their true identity. Heidi Lane (Present day) is searching for a grain of coherence in a fog of dementia that her mother now lives in. Thea Reed (Past character from 1908) is simply searching to see what happened to her mother. She was dropped off on the doorstep of an orphanage. The lonely, orphaned girl takes on a traveling photography business when her benefactor passes away - a most unusual business and one that you would probably not find today. She photographs dead family members as a keepsake for the remaining family members. Present day Heidi hasn’t seen her family in years, but returns at the request of her mother via a note that says she’s in danger. Heidi has never really felt like a part of her family, and success has simply failed her. Sinister and dangerous things begin to happen that alienate her even more from her older sister. A mysterious photo album obtained from the local antique store ties some of the mystery together, and she purchases it after finding a photograph that looks IDENTICAL to her. The asylum outside of town is what ties this story all together. Although in present day the asylum is abandoned and falling down, the story takes us back to the early 1908 where there were patients still in residence there. This is a well-defined dual time novel that will definitely keep you reading all night if you’re not careful. Don’t worry about not being able to figure out which timeline character you are reading about, the author does an excellent job of making it crystal clear which era/character you’re reading about. If you’re looking for mystery and suspense, this is for you. Chances are that you won’t figure it all out until the bitter end! I know I didn’t and I loved every minute of it. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. However, I am in no way required to give a positive review and all ratings and thoughts about the book are completely my own.