The Haunting of Josie

By Kay Hooper

Sooner than writing such New York Times bestselling thrillers as Blood goals and Sleeping with Fear, Kay Hooper made her mark with novels uniquely mixing romance and suspense. during this re-creation of The Haunting of Josie, Hooper brings jointly the topics that experience remained on the middle of all her work—passion, possibility, and a marginally of the paranormal—in this vintage tale of a lady haunted by means of the earlier and tempted through a guy too impossible to resist to trust.…

Josie Douglas got here to the remoted nation cottage together with her study, an outstanding alibi, and a gun. She was hoping that she’d have adequate time to solve the evidence in the back of the tragedy that years prior to shattered her existence. in its place she stumbled on herself in a home haunted through its personal darkish heritage. a chain of wierd coincidences, a ghostly customer, and a mysterious brass key offer Josie with tantalizing clues to a secret that retains her guessing at each flip. As does Marc Westbrook—a landlord who embodies the which means of the time period drop-dead wonderful. quickly she’ll need to belief him with the key that drove her into seclusion—a mystery that has already fee one guy she enjoyed his existence.

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Drawing a deep breath, she acknowledged, “A-plus. Dammit. ” He had a pleasant snicker. however it didn’t do a lot for her peace of brain to have it echo after her as she bolted domestic. Pendragon had it appears came upon a manner into the home, simply because he was once awaiting her within. Josie didn’t understand how he’d controlled it, yet made a psychological word to herself to determine within the morning. in the mean time she was once drained and disenchanted, and the assumption of a pleasant lengthy bathtub and an early evening sounded awesome. She made yes every little thing used to be locked up downstairs, then went as much as the lavatory around the corridor from her bed room and started operating water into the splendidly deep claw-footed bath. The cat perched at the rim and watched the scented water emerging, rationale, and he or she puzzled vaguely if he was once the type of cat who truly cherished water. That idle inspiration her again into her bed room. She went to the wardrobe to discover a clean nightgown, and frowned whilst she observed the most important mendacity there. Marc should have gotten her extra rattled than she concept, she made up our minds, simply because she may have sworn she’d left the main placing on a hook within the kitchen, good out of Pendragon’s succeed in. sporting her nightgown, she began to depart the bedroom—and stopped useless within the doorway. The upstairs corridor used to be really dim with in simple terms the sunshine from the rest room and her nightstand lamp illuminating it, yet she observed him essentially as he stood on the head of the steps. For an rapid she proposal it was once Marc, yet then she discovered that this man’s face used to be harsher, his eyes lighter. He had a similar raven hair, widow’s height, and flying brows, notwithstanding, and an identical tall, robust construct. And he was once her. Josie couldn’t movement. She desired to cry out, yet couldn’t make a valid. All she may well do used to be stand there, frozen, and sweetness wildly how he’d controlled to get into the home. Then she felt a chilly, chilly finger flow up her backbone, while the guy held out a hand to her as though pleading for something…and Josie learned that he wasn’t particularly there. He couldn’t be, as the hand he held out used to be insubstantial and she or he may virtually see via it. “Yahhh? ” She jumped nearly out of her epidermis, her eyes skittering from the customer to the place Pendragon stood within the doorway of the lavatory. the massive cat wasn’t her, he was once observing on the head of the steps, evidently greeting a person simply because he was once a pleasant, responsive cat. Josie his gaze, afraid to work out the guy there, and extra afraid to not. He used to be long gone. It took her a number of mins to wake up the braveness, yet she ultimately went during the condo from room to room, turning on lighting and checking closets, her gun in hand. each door she had locked prior used to be nonetheless firmly latched, useless bolts fixed. the entire home windows have been safe. there has been no signal whatever that anybody was—or had been—in the home together with her and the cat. not anyone residing, that's. 3 JOSIE DIDN’T count on to get greatly sleep that evening after the unnerving stumble upon, yet her physique had different principles. even though she used to be cautious adequate to fasten her bed room door and go away the lamp on her nightstand on, and had her computerized beneath her pillow—for the entire safeguard any of that may supply opposed to a ghost—she slept soundly from 11 that evening till seven the subsequent morning.

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