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Lisa Jackson. Kensington, $25 (432p) ISBN 978-0-7582-5859-5

A haunted house provides the stage for this exciting novel of romantic suspense from bestseller Jackson (You Don't Want to Know). Following her divorce, Sarah McAdams decides to makes a fresh start by moving back to her abandoned childhood home, a dilapidated, century-old mansion named Blue Peacock Manor on Oregon's Columbia River. Sarah's 17-year-old daughter, Jade, is angry with her mother for forcing her to move away from her friends and boyfriend in Vancouver, Wash., while her 12-year-old daughter, Gracie, insists that ghosts inhabit the manor. When young girls in a nearby town mysteriously vanish, Sarah fears for her own daughters' safety. Despite Jade's constant rebellion, Sarah remains determined to unearth the truth behind the disappearance of one of the manor's former occupants as well as the disappearance of her own sister. Clint, an old flame from whom Sarah hid some important secrets years ago, adds romantic spice. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Sept.)