Kicked out of school in New York, her sister sends her to live with their grandmother in the small town she hasn’t visited since she was a child.
But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves the house at midnight, carrying a big black bag.
Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere and beds that unmake themselves.
Something is wrong in the town where a child disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.
And something is definitely wrong with her cute and friendly neighbour with black curls and ice-blue eyes: he’s dead.
Alison Stine lives in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio. She works as a freelance writer/reporter and is an urban explorer. Her work has been published in The Nation, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Supervision is her first novel. You can follow Alison on Twitter @AlisonStine
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