****Thank You Edelweiss for a review copy of this title****
The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A sinister house looming over the sea . . .
He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.
But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes. It’s going to be a long, hot winter.
At one time, Theo and Annie's parents were married. All was well until Theo started terrorizing Annie, and at one point, tried to kill her. As per the agreement on the cottage, Annie must spend 2 months of the year on Peregrine Island. Right now its a godsend, because after Annie's mother dies of cancer, there are mounting bills. Supposedly, Mariah left Annie a legacy at the cottage. The trick now is to find it. But a trip up the hill to Harp House shows Theo in residence and Annie not quite sure what to do.
The last Phillips book disappointed me. I didn't even finish it. But she definitely kept me going with this book! With a tid bit of suspense.. Someone ransacks the cottage and tries to shoot Annie! But its not a deep, dark mystery, really. Except that Annie thinks Theo is a psychopath. Theo, however, tired of being blamed for the odd things happening, decides to protect Annie. But can he protect his feelings? He wishes Annie would just leave and stop dragging up old memories best left forgotten.
Another part of the story I loved were Annie's puppets. She is a ventriloquist. She has several puppets. Crumpet was my favorite, and she was a big part of the story. Annie used Crumpet to help a little girl who had gone mute after she witnesses her mother kill her her abusive husband. It was an awesome part of the story.
All in all this was a great book! I absolutely loved it. And the epilogue as well. Sometimes I don't like those but today I did!