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A haunting novel about a Black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.

More than a decade ago, Mira fled her small, segregated hometown in the South to forget. With every mile she traveled, she distanced herself from her past: from her best friend, Celine, mocked by their town as the only white girl with Black friends; from her old neighborhood; from the eerie Woodsman plantation rumored to be haunted by the spirits of slaves; from the terrifying memory of a ghost she saw that terrible day when a dare-gone-wrong almost got Jesse - the boy she secretly loved - arrested for murder. 

But now Mira is back in Kipsen to attend Celine’s wedding at the plantation, which has been transformed into a lush vacation resort. Mira hopes to reconnect with her friends, and, especially, Jesse, to finally tell him the truth about her feelings and the events of that devastating long-ago day. 

But for all its fancy renovations, the Woodsman remains a monument to its oppressive racist history. The bar serves antebellum drinks, entertainment includes horrifying reenactments, and the service staff is nearly all Black. Yet the darkest elements of the plantation’s past have been carefully erased - rumors that slaves were tortured mercilessly and that ghosts roam the lands, seeking vengeance on the descendants of those who tormented them, which includes most of the wedding guests. 

As the weekend unfolds, Mira, Jesse, and Celine are forced to acknowledge their history together, and to save themselves from what is to come.

©2021 LaTanya McQueen (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book!

This was my first novel by this author and she did not disappoint! I loved the way the story went from the past to the present and the characters evolved. It definitely kept me wondering on what was going to happen next! Narration was excellent! Great Read!

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Dark, amazing, and heart wrenching

Inspired by history, this book is a prime example of why I love the horror genre. The story and the performance were perfect

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Beautifully written and narrated!

Kara did an excellent job of narrating a great story. There was anticipation at each chapter. Loved the book!

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Great story!

Loved this! it would make an amazing movie! a can't wait to see what else the author has written.

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Wasted Potential

The story line had great potential but fell short. I was very disappointed with the ending of the book and the narrator did little justice in regards to capturing the characters.