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On the coast of rural Newfoundland, Hannah Fitzgerald's mother has lived her life in near total isolation. When Hannah returns to the lonely saltbox house to prepare her mother for the transition into assisted living, her childhood home is anything but welcoming. Dilapidated from years of hoarding and neglect, the walls are crumbling, leaving Hannah’s wellness crumbling along with them. While packing her mother's things, Hannah discovers a trap door to the house’s attic, the one she believed for most of her life had been permanently sealed shut. Blinded by curiosity, Hannah enters the attic and finds a mysterious bedroom riddled with dark secrets. Desperate to know more, Hannah begins to scramble for answers, combing the house for clues that may lead her to the truth. Hannah must navigate through the violent outbursts of her senile mother, the prying questions of a nosy hospice nurse, and the rage of the coastal wind that threatens the structure of the house. Piece by piece, she assembles a picture of her mother’s not-so-distant past—a twisted tangle of infatuation, lies, and maybe even murder. The Woman in the Attic is a claustrophobic psychological thriller wrought with suspense. This novel will put you on the edge of your seat . . . and make you wary of the unused spaces collecting dust in your home.
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About the Author
Emily Hepditch is an award-winning emerging author from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. A prolific writer since childhood, Emily’s first publication came in 2015 when her short story Lifelike was published by Nelson Education. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University in 2019, where she studied linguistics, psychology, and criminology. Primarily she writes psychological thrillers that draw on principles of criminology to comment on contemporary issues in society. When she’s not writing novels, Emily is either working on an illustration, running through the park, or hiking the East Coast Trail.