Ania Ahlborn is the bestselling author of the horror thrillers Brother, Within These Walls, The Bird Eater, The Shuddering, The Neighbors, and Seed, and the novellas The Pretty Ones and I Call Upon Thee. Born in Ciechanow, Poland, she lives in South Carolina with her husband and their dog. Visit AniaAhlborn.com or follow the author on Facebook and Twitter @AniaAhlbornAuthor.
For years, Rory Connelly has been haunted by the memory of her sister Carleen, who vanished from her bed one night and was never seen again. When Rory returns home to care for her ailing mother and teenage sister, she discovers a family that has never recovered from the tragic events of so long ago.
That summer, the quiet little town of Lake Charlotte was torn apart when four teenage girls vanished—a mystery that still puzzles its residents. Now, a decade later, on the anniversary of the first disappearance, another girl goes missing, and the community is consumed with fear.
Rory is forced to relive her worst nightmare . . . only this time, her own life is at stake.
When a small prop plane crashes in the woods outside of town, a man running from his own past is drawn into a history he has no knowledge of. He is told to look for others that can help him, and is given a cryptic message:'What's coming through is alive' What does it mean? A single phrase, linking three unlikely individuals against something they don't understand. A horror is reawakening, and will bring with it a darkness to the town no one can prepare for. Three people, chosen to finish something that began nearly a century before. Three people, formed by a shared past and an allegiance to stop the terror.
They are the only hope the town has.
When Dr Forrest goes missing one summer evening and fails to return, Lochran and Hartford are alarmed by the thought of what might have befallen their friend. The police can find no evidence of foul play, but the two doctors resolve to conduct their own investigation.
Soon, however, Lochran and Hartford find themselves bedevilled by bizarre, unnerving events, and the attentions of menacing strangers. Robert Forrest, they come to realise, has remained closer than they could ever have imagined...