A waitress moves into the home where, as an 18-month-old baby, she witnessed the ax murder of her mother and three older brothers in this debut thriller.
Dixie Wheeler is shopping for a house to buy with her boyfriend, Garrett, when she discovers her childhood home, scene of the notorious Wheeler Massacre in 1992, is on the market. Garrett refuses to live there, but Dixie, compelled to find out what really happened to her family, arranges a month-to-month rental and moves in with her family's furniture, which her Aunt Charlene had kept in storage. Dixie suffers from gruesome nightmares and has reason to believe the creepy house in Franconia, Virginia, is haunted. Mysteries pile up: Did Dixie's father, Billy Wheeler, actually kill his wife, Debbie, and their sons, Josh, Eddie, and Michael, and then slit his own throat? Did Dixie suffocate her cousin Leah? Did Dixie's childhood friend Rory Sellers push his girlfriend Erin Doyle down the stairs to her death? Is Dixie insane? Before long Dixie isn't sure whether she can trust her own instincts about who killed whom or why she's “linked to every bad thing that's happened.”
Multiple violent crimes make this novel somewhat disturbing, but the many twists, surprises, and reversals will keep readers hooked.