Amidst lush farmland and orchards in Old Gate, Virginia, stands the magnificent Bliss House. Built in 1878, Bliss House is impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious. Rainey Bliss Adams desperately needed a new start when she and her daughter Ariel relocated from St. Louis to Old Gate and settled into the house where the Bliss family had lived for over a century. Rainey's husband had been killed in a freak explosion that left her 14 year-old daughter Ariel scarred and disfigured. At the grand housewarming party, Bliss House begins to reveal itself again. Ariel sees haunting visions: the ghost of her father, and the ghost of a woman being pushed to her death off of an upper floor balcony, beneath an exquisite dome of painted stars. And then there is a death the night of the party....
"Bliss House, with its blood-stained history of madness and murder, would scare off most potential buyers in Benedict's creepy, solidly crafted supernatural suspense novel. Lines between fact and fantastic, past and present, increasingly blur...the final revelation hits horrifyingly close to home for Rainey." ( Publishers Weekly )
"Reader be warned! Laura Benedict has written a novel that may well keep you awake at night, and not only because Bliss House is flat-out scary. Benedict knows how to craft a story in such a way that, once begun, it is nearly impossible to put down." (Ron Rash, author of Serena )
"In Bliss House, Laura Benedict has written just the type of novel I love to read: A ghost story replete with good and evil, the past and present colliding, and compelling characters to root for. It is a story that grabs you by the throat and heart and won't let go." (Erica Spindler, New York Times best-selling author of Justice For Sara)
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