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Sculptor Clare Kimball has captured the attention of the New York art world. But big-city success cannot burn away the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. These phantoms of the past have drawn her home to Emmitsboro, Maryland, to the small town where she grew up and where her father died in circumstances never really explained.

Not much in her hometown seems to have changed, but within the dark woods of Emmitsboro something evil spreads its poisonous power. Now the once-peaceful town is wrapped in a cloak of terror, hiding a treacherous heart. And now Clare must pay the price for digging up the secrets of the past...and confront an evil that may be unstoppable, because those who practice it believe it is divine.

©1992 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

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Dark and Unappealing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It is a gruesome subject matter. I thought that the subject matter might work as a background, but it continued as a central theme.

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  • Debra
  • FAYETTE, Albania
  • 10-16-15

Great story

Not a dull moment!! The story had me from the start. I didn't want to put it down until the end.

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Nora Roberts talent!

Amazing detail in stories.
Love the interplay between characters well written and believable. Great characters

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It just kinda stopped.

I love Nora Roberts, and I know this is one of her older works. Alot of people have expressed problems with the subject matter and graphic detail of this book, but that doesn't bother me. What got me was how it just kinda ended. Gor me there are alot of loose ends that never got tied up.

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Slow to get involved

The overall story ended up being really good. It was slow to get me hooked but became a nice love story with a side of cult.

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  • Mari
  • Farmington, MN, United States
  • 04-10-15

Love the story, the narrator not so much

The book was great, loved the story and characters really kept you hooked. The narrator could have been better, that would have made this a 5 star listen all around.

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  • Laurie
  • Airdrie, AB, Canada
  • 03-12-15

Excellent!

This book kept me on the edge. What an interesting story! Kind of creepy but spellbinding. Just give it a read.

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just me

I loved it. It was great. Is it a series? If so what is the name of the series and what is the second third fourth excetra books?

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great once it got going!

a slow start but couldn't put it down towards the end. the narrator did a great job

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  • Daphne
  • Highland Village, TX, United States
  • 11-16-14

Not awesome but not her worst

I love Nora and will probably read or listen to everything she has written in time. That said, this wasn't her best. It was a little too heavy on the Satanic ritual stuff. The ending was anticlimactic. If you aren't a die hard Nora fan, pass on this one.