At first I wasn't sure about this book. The opening didn't really catch me, I got a bit lost even at the front of it. A few pages later it latched on and I was hooked! LOL! Interestingly enough, there is a Winter Haven in Florida, but the setting is this book is far better than Florida. This book starts out with a murder, or at least a missing person, once you get into it just a bit. Vera's brother, who is 4 years old than herself, has been missing for 13 years. His body has washed ashore, so she has to go ID the body. It isn't as simple as oh, a person drowned, or anything like that. You see, Vera's brother is (or was?) autistic! (Ah, now we get to something I know some about!) Better yet, he is a Savant! A Savant who has the ENTIRE Bible memorized. What a gift!
However, as in my life nothing is as simple as it might seem on the surface. Vera is throw for a huge loop! Her brother's body has NOT AGED! To make it worse for her, Vera is seeing thing and she isn't sure if she is having visions, or just loosing her mind, or if God really just wrote her off and punished her! Vera has had so many tragic things happen to her in her life. Even her boss uses her! Can Vera figure out what happened to her brother? Can she cope with what she is seeing? Is it real, or is what she is seeing her finally loosing her mind from it all, and last but not least at all, what does Evan Frost have to do with this? He is into Viking, and so was her brother Siggy. Will Frost's spooky mansion be the healing, or the death of Vera?
I would say this book was as good as the movie "Gothica", and has a nice gothic feel to a good deal of it. I grew up on Nancy Drew and other mystery books, and I LOVE a good mystery! This book is a very good one!!!
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(Bethany House April 1, 2008)