ON AN INNOCENT DAY IN 1899 while her father travels abroad, twelve-year-old Maggie Delito unwittingly witnesses a shocking scandal. The next morning, she’s dragged from the family estate and locked in an asylum, along with the shameful secret she did not want to know. Beneath the asylum’s polish of respectability, a wicked villainy hides in dank shadows—and Maggie fears she might be its next victim.
SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER, Laura Delito inherits more than ancestral assets when her prestigious family’s mysterious past comes knocking. After sacrificing an independent career at the brink of success, she assumes control of Delito’s failing jewelry business while daring to expose its ghosts—a strange old woman, cryptic messages, and a rare antique key that might unlock the truth. As she pursues clues from the Northeast to North Africa, she’s unaware of a vengeful rage that smolders close to home.
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Kathryn Orzech, a seasoned world traveler, writes mystery, suspense, and thrillers set in “New England and other exotic locations” with female protagonists who confront extraordinary situations, flirt with romance, and brush with the supernatural.
An avid film fan and self-proclaimed news nerd, her interests include history and geopolitics, society and culture, psychology, science, and parapsychology, leaving few subjects off her literary table. She created and maintains DreamWatch.com, a website where everyday people share true paranormal experiences. Online since the 1990s, DreamWatch has welcomed visitors from more than 50 countries and across the USA, it inspired her psychic thriller, Premonition of Terror.