In the mysterious bayou country of Louisiana, Jennifer Hale, orphaned and destitute in the wake of the Civil War, arrives at Darkwater full of hope, but the cold reception she receives alarms her. So do the screams of Alicia, the dying mistress of the plantation, who appears to be suffering from a psychosomatic illness that causes her to choke uncontrollably. Perhaps even more frightening is Jennifer's dangerous attraction to Walter Dere, her handsome employer. But her fear is forgotten when Alicia's death frees Walter to propose to Jennifer. Then Jennifer begins developing the same symptoms as Alicia. In desperation, she remembers Alicia's ravings about voodoo magic. Can she learn to protect herself from this violent curse? Or will the evil presence at Darkwater lead her to a fate worse than death itself?
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Evil Bayou Magic, Sweet Southern Belle
Evil mystery narrated in the voice of Southern sweetness.
Meetings in the swamp with the old crone, Mrs. Hodges, were meant to end the attacks on Jennifer Dere. Would the unmentioned price of those visits be too costly? Would the first Mrs. Dere be the only one to die or would it mean the end of Darkwater?
I had a hard time pushing the pause button for breaks to eat and other necessary chores. This combination of V.J. Banis and Caprisha Page was magic in itself.
- Hubert Williams