From the best-selling author of Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost comes the chilling story of a young woman who returns to her haunted childhood home to unravel the dark and deadly mysteries of her past.

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Ava grew up in a haunted mansion, the envy of all her friends. But after her mother died there when Ava was thirteen, the mystery of Blackworth Mansion turned frightening. For years afterward, Ava suspected that her mother hadn’t just perished of natural causes; she had been murdered.


Now, seventeen years later, Ava returns to the haunted mansion to face her deepest fears—and uncover the truth of what happened to her mother. But Ava’s own demons aren’t far behind. There’s her estranged and vindictive father, a mentally unstable sister-in-law, and a strange girl who may or may not be haunting the grounds. Even Ava’s rekindled romance with her first crush may not be what it seems.


When Ava makes a terrifying discovery on the house’s property, she can no longer deny the ghostly power of Blackworth Mansion—and the secrets hiding within its walls. But some secrets are dangerous, even deadly . . . especially the ones left to roost in a haunted house.

“In this chilling thriller . . . the tension builds as Ava’s search for closure puts her in the sights of a killer. Marcott keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Gothic suspense fans won’t want to miss this one.”
Publishers Weekly (STARRED Review)



A Deadly Mystery.


Lindsay Marcott

Lindsay Marcott is the author of twisty thrillers set in the mysterious and atmospheric California coast. Her latest novel, Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost, will be out from Thomas & Mercer in August, 2021. Lindsay’s previous books have been chosen as selections of Book of the Month Club, Literary Guild and Mystery Guild, as well as adapted for a Hallmark movie and translated into eleven languages.

Lindsay's first success as a writer was her sixth grade Thanksgiving play, about a plucky Pilgrim girl and her wise-cracking pet turkey. After graduating from Smith and stints as a cat sitter, rock star assistant and waitress in a TriBeCa grunge club, she landed a job as a researcher for Esquire Magazine. She soon began contributing articles to other publications, including Glamour, Harper’s, Mademoiselle, and the L.A. Times Magazine, notably doing the Playboy Interview with the cast of Saturday Night Live.

She’s also written screenplays for Warner Bros., Disney and Paramount and has been Executive Producer on several feature and cable films.

One of her greatest loves is coaching beginning writers, which she has done at UCLA’s prestigious Writers’ Program and as a volunteer through the Los Angeles Library.  

Literary Agent:
Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary
121 West 27th St., Suite 1201
New York, New York 10001
(212) 239-2861
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