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At the tender age of six, he stole her from her mother's arms. Blocking her memory, she was left vulnerable to his dark magic.
Upon puberty, she became a tool to satisfy his greed. Then, the sorcerer acquired an apprentice and Esme's life would never be the same.
This is the story of love, compassion, betrayal, and a young woman's courage against all odds. It is also the story of a mother's love and the child who, even with a blocked memory, never gave up hope of their reunion.
And there's the house, an old stone house in the middle nowhere… Or so Esme thinks until she's accused of trespassing by a neighbor claiming to be an old friend, is welcomed home by a voice with no body, and is awakened in the middle of the night by a furry intruder.
And it all begins with a key. A skeleton key left in an old desk just waiting for her to find it.
A Hidden Gem!
I didn’t know what to expect with this book, especially since it’s labeled as ‘suspense’, which is something I haven’t read much of, but I can tell you I was very pleasantly surprised.
I felt like Alice falling further and further down the rabbit hole of magic and mystery. Whenever I thought I was starting to figure out where the story was going, it would take an unexpected twist. As the story unfolded, it became darker and more haunting, and I found myself thinking about the story even when I wasn’t reading it. I especially liked the character Esme. Her charisma, stamina, and flaws made her likeable and relatable. She was painted so vividly that I felt like I was watching her in a movie.
Ingrid is clearly a talented author. Her writing is succinct and thoughtful, accentuating this fantastical suspense story. Highly recommended!