Clare and Jess Martin Move from NYC to a small town in the Hudson River Valley, to hopefully give them a new start on their marriage and their writing. They move into an old crumbling mansion owned by their former professor from a local college where they both attended school. According to local rumor, the house is haunted. Clare sees or imagines a ghost several times in the first few months at the house and begins writing a novel about a woman who left her baby on the back steps to freeze and then drowned in the pond behind the house. As Clare investigates local records for her book, she finds the facts don’t always match the rumors.
I’m not a big fan of ghost stories. I believe they’re meant to frighten the reader, and since I’m not afraid of ghosts, they lose the desired effect. But this was a good mystery plot, and the book left you wondering whether or not the house was truly haunted.
I couldn’t connect with any of the characters—Clare, a psychological mess living with abusive husband Jess; Monty, retired professor with an overblown ego; Katrine, nosey realtor who keeps showing up at the house, and others we don’t get to know well.
Good mystery plot, good setting, but a ghost story.