cover image Lacie’s Secrets

Lacie’s Secrets

Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist. Beaufort, $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8253-097

Kate Williams, the protagonist of this riveting thriller from Sorkin and Holmqvist (The Woman in the Park), travels from her Connecticut home to Villa Magda, her family’s Maine home where she spent summers until her sister, Lacie, disappeared there almost 20 years earlier. Accompanying Kate are her husband and their teenage son. Kate’s visit brings back vivid memories of how the media coverage at the time painted Kate as the jealous older sister. Then strange things start to happen, including a former gardener breaking into her room to warn her away from the house. To complicate matters, her son discovers a blog accusing Kate of being complicit in Lacie’s disappearance. When Kate discovers a body in the pool after an alcohol-fueled night, she fears Villa Magda’s tragic history is repeating itself. The stakes rise as Kate becomes convinced that the same person responsible for Lacie’s disappearance had something to do with the recent death. The authors keep the suspense high as they slowly dole out the mansion’s sinister secrets. Fans of gothic novels will be pleased. Agent: Jane Wesman, Jane Wesman Public Relations. (Apr.)