House of Masks

House of Masks

Release Date: TBA

A woman mourning the death of her father is drawn into the lives of her two neighbors, one eccentric and one embittered.
About the Book

Sometimes masks reveal more than they hide.

Nancy Vanover lives with her widowed father in Parola, an isolated town at the foot of Big Sur, devoting herself to his care as his physical and mental health dwindle.

When he dies, a neighbor she knows only by sight appears at the funeral with a strange procession of friends. She is Bree Owen, a beautiful, vivacious young woman. She takes Nancy under her wing, convincing Nancy to put her house up for sale and move in with her and her long string of guests in the house she named Weldenna.

Bree isn’t the only neighbor who takes an interest in the destitute Nancy. She receives a bouquet of condolence flowers from Markham Keyes. Disabled from a mysterious illness and bitterly disappointed in life, Nancy is the only one besides his younger brother Eddie who can pierce into his world.

Eventually, Nancy is swept into the freedom of Bree’s world, a string of lazy morning naked swims, endless conversations, dizzying parties, and “entertainments”. For the first time in her life, Nancy belongs. But Markham, whose inexplicable loathing of Bree shadows his days, constantly watches Nancy, warning her Bree isn’t who she seems to be, as her bold and eccentric masks conceal a self-involved and callous spirit underneath.

A cast of dark characters unveil, exposing to Nancy the scars from her lonely and constricted past.

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