The personal mysteries of four women over multiple generations converge until working together to reveal their individual hidden truths collectively brings a twisted town to its knees in this alternate history crime story. This book collects the two prequels, along with the first two books in THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA, originally released as individual e-books into a single volume.
The disappearance of a lawyer in the 1940s plants the seed to expose the town's secrets through the generations to expose a town where dubious consent has become a cultural norm not everyone agrees with. Everything comes to a head in the 1990s when a genealogy essay assigned by English teacher Esther Rawlins starts to unravel hidden mysteries and turns some of her students into sleuths seeking to learn what happened to a teenage girl who also went missing in the 1940s.
Willowbrook, Washington, existed as a small community in the Inland Northwest influenced by the arrival of outsiders looking to live a different lifestyle, and constructed an economy taking advantage of women while allowing them to hide in plain sight. The disappearance of a lawyer in the 1940s plants the seed to ultimately expose the town's secrets through the generations. Everything starts to unravel in the 1990s when a genealogy essay assigned by their English teacher Esther Rawlins starts to crack open hidden mysteries and turns some of her students into amateur sleuths of a sort, seeking to learn what happened to the teenage girl who also went missing in the 1940s, and setting events in motion to change the destiny of the town into modern day, and possibly forever in this rural, small town, twisted coming of age saga. In addition to bringing BY THE WILLOW BROOK, BEYOND THE WILLOW BROOK, EVERYTHING CHANGES, and DOWN TO THE ROOTS into a single book, plus several Willowbrook short stories only previously available in e-book anthologies - "Blurring Lines," "Built to Be," "Call to Family, "Enough is Enough," "New Beginnings," and "The Lazy D".
Although this is billed as a contemporary alternative history crime tale, the theme is about human trafficking and exploitation, which is all too real.
About the Author
SHANNON MUIR's prose encourages readers to "uncover the mystery of character," with an emphasis on mystery, New Pulp and noir, science fiction, and fantasy. She’s also known for writing animation scripts and for textbooks written based on her experience in the animation industry, now out of print, entitled GARDNER'S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PRODUCING ANIMATION and GARDNER'S GUIDE TO PITCHING AND SELLING ANIMATION. Her latest suspenseful mystery releases are “Tropical Terror” in CRIME DOWN ISLAND and “Hidden History” in EXPLORER PULP. She’s also written “Tragic Like a Torch Song” in THE DAME DID IT from Pro Se Press, the short story “Meeting the Monster” in the Emby Press anthology SUPERHERO MONSTER HUNTER: THE GOOD FIGHT, the Single Shot New Pulp tale “Ghost of the Airwaves,” preceded by her debut genre fiction story “Pretty as a Picture” in the anthology NEWSHOUNDS. From her personal self-published projects, best known titles in this area include the rural-noir inspired THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA. She is also known as administrator of the blogs THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF and the feature SHANNON MUIR'S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS at her official blog, under which she also manages branded books as part of her self-publishing efforts. Shannon holds a BA in Radio-TV and English from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, which she considers to be her hometown. She also holds an MA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, along with additional education in screenwriting, project management, library technician studies, and most recently a certificate earned with distinction in General Business with Emphasis in Marketing from UCLA Extension. She is married to FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY collaborator and fellow author Kevin Paul Shaw Broden. They live in California in the United States.