The Vanishing at Castle Moreau

Bethany House. Apr. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780764238345. pap. $16.99. CF
At the turn of the 19th century, a man built a European-style castle for his beloved wife in rural Wisconsin. The wife died shortly after, and ever since, women have disappeared around Castle Moreau. In 1870, orphan Daisy François is just desperate enough to take a position as a housemaid at the haunted mansion. She isn’t asked to clean anything, though, and the famous gothic author who lives there is just as eerie as the horror stories she writes. In a parallel storyline set in the present day, Cleo Clemmons is hired by the current aristocratic owners of the castle to organize family heirlooms. It becomes hard for her to dismiss the legend of the haunting when the castle’s doorknobs turn and walls creak. After a cassette tape with testimony about a missing woman is left on her car, Cleo is forced to confront the centuries-old mystery surrounding the castle.
VERDICT Wright (The Premonition at Withers Farm) pens another delightfully creepy tale where nothing is quite as it seems and characters seek freedom from nightmares both real and imagined.
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