RHOD: WORST VACATION EVER

It’s Day 3 in Careyes, and the girls are all waking up from the shitshow of the night before.  Poor D’Andra is so hungover.  Ugh, her hangover gives me flashbacks to just dying in bed the day after heavy drinking.  (It’s amazing to me that she still manages to rally!)

Kam and LeeAnne are chatting on their balcony.  Kam tells LeeAnne that she almost went and slept in her bed with her the night before, but she didn’t because she thought it would start more drama, and that Stephanie would be mad.  She’s not even sure if Stephanie slept in their room, because when she woke up this morning, Steph wasn’t there.

Brandi, D’Andra, Steph and Kary are all chatting in Kary’s room, and we learn that Steph actually went to Kary’s room at like 7:30 AM and poured her heart out to her.  She was upset about the fight between Brandi and Kam – she felt like by Kam calling Brandi trash, she was actually calling her trash, too.  Steph tells us she wasn’t raised with money.  Kam’s comment doesn’t sit well with her.  And Kam also implied that Steph wasn’t a good friend to her, which bothered her as well.  We get a flashback of Steph crying to Kary in her room.

We’re switching back and forth between the two separate groups.  Kam now says to LeeAnne, “What’s the purpose of having new roommates if we don’t get to know each other more?  There’s just no effort.”  Kam is acting like she literally just met Stephanie.  This is so freaking bizarre to me.  You know her!  You’ve known her for at least two years.  LMAO. I can’t.

Brandi asks D’Andra how she’s feeling.  “I don’t remember much,” D admits.  “The last thing I remember is sitting next to Kameron and a napkin going flying.”  Steph asks Brandi if her and Kameron are good, and Brandi says that she hasn’t talked to her yet.  Meanwhile, Kameron is telling LeeAnne that prior to the fight, she thought everything was good.  She doesn’t understand why it was so taboo to say that she felt the group could be “cliquey” at times.  LeeAnne tries to explain to her that Brandi felt triggered when Kam called her trash.  Kam acts like she gets it, but she doesn’t.  “But her behavior was trashy.” Sorry Kam- yours wasn’t?  You threw a napkin in her face. Brandi tells the girls that Kam has double standards, and it’s annoying.

Kary planned a beach day for the girls, so they all get ready and head out.  (D’Andra, I’m amazed at you right now.  I honestly would’ve just died in my bed the rest of the day, LMAO.)  It’s their last day and they just want to have fun.  There’s a “sweat lodge” on the beach (I’ve never heard of this before, but after watching, I’m intrigued and I want to go to one!) and D’Andra, Steph and Kary decide to do that first.  The Shaman explains that the sweat lodge is like a “womb”, and when you go in you say intentions and then you come out “reborn.”  I am so emotional watching Steph you guys.  Her journey feels similar to mine in a way (with her depression and anxiety) and I just truly feel her pain.  The girls bond while doing this, and it’s nice to watch.

LeeAnne, Brandi, and Kam are all hanging out on the beach.  Kam asks LeeAnne and Brandi what time they went to bed the night before, and Brandi replies, “2:30.”  Kam admits that she couldn’t sleep.  Brandi asks, “Why couldn’t you sleep? Because of us?” Kam says yes, so Brandi asks her if she wants to go talk.  Kam agrees, and the two girls go off to the side to have a private conversation.  This pisses off LeeAnne.  Brandi and Kameron make peace with each other.  It starts off a little rocky, and when LeeAnne sees Kameron crying, she makes her way over.  “Can we please just finish our conversation?” Brandi asks.  LeeAnne is like, “No.  Last night I tried to have a conversation and I was told to stay at the table, do you remember that?” LMAO LeeAnne, you weren’t told that by Brandi though, you were told that by D’Andra.  Why are you taking it out on her?  LeeAnne goes back to her beach chair, and is just muttering things to herself.  “Fucking dumb.”  I’m LOLing.  Brandi and Kameron actually truly do make peace, and it’s nice.  LeeAnne, still talking to herself, says, “This is the worst trip ever, and I got a flesh eating bacteria the last time I was in Mexico.”  I am done LMFAO.

When Kameron and Brandi go back to join LeeAnne, LeeAnne immediately gets up and leaves and takes a walk on the beach.  Brandi calls it – she’s mad because she was talking to Kameron.  “I’m sure she understands that we were having a private conversation,” Kam says.  Brandi is like, “She doesn’t.”  Steph, Kary and D’Andra come back from the sweat lodge, and rave about how great it was.  Kam and Brandi decide that they are going to do it, too.  “Where’s LeeAnne?” Kary asks.  Kam says she doesn’t know – she went for a walk but she doesn’t know where she is now.  She decides not to go look for her because she thinks she needs space.  Kam and Brandi head to the sweat lodge, while D’Andra, Steph and Kary now chill at the beach.

LeeAnne comes back, and the girls ask her what’s up.  LeeAnne admits that she felt left out because Brandi pulled aside Kam to talk.  (Dramatic. So dramatic.)  Steph feels like LeeAnne isolates herself – maybe not on purpose, but it still happens nonetheless.  LeeAnne says that she realizes she’s her own worst enemy.

The girls head back to the house, and their getting ready for their last dinner in Careyes.  Kam and Brandi decide to play a harmless prank on the girls – they put flour in Kary’s blowdryer.  It was cute and funny, and I honestly love when the girls are like this and getting along.

In the van on the way to dinner, LeeAnne brings up the fact that she felt left out by Brandi.  In Brandi’s confessional, she tells us that she thinks LeeAnne is jealous that she made up with Kameron – which I totally agree with.  Brandi gets upset in the van, but they arrive at dinner, and it’s dropped – for now.

The girls are all chatting at the table, and Kary mentions how Stephanie chatted with her earlier that morning.  For whatever reason, that pisses off Kameron, and she’s now feeling some type of way toward Stephanie.  It’s also awkward between Brandi and LeeAnne, so Brandi asks LeeAnne if she wants to talk, and they leave the table and go for a walk on the beach to clear things up.  Kary, who is forever toasting to everything, toasts to the trip and then says that Kameron is so fun.  Stephanie agrees, and Kam stops her.  “Stephanie, stop.  You say I’m so much fun, but I don’t feel like some of you guys have tried to get to know me.”  In her confessional, she tells us she doesn’t feel like Brandi and Steph have tried to get to know her at all.  Ummmm, what? Kam is acting like she’s the new girl.  WTF is she talking about?

On the beach, Brandi and LeeAnne are trying to hash it out.  Brandi is being (brutally) honest.  She says she doesn’t feel like LeeAnne has been listening to her, or anyone.  And that she brings up her past to get attention.  LeeAnne is like, “You think I want pity?” Brandi doesn’t want to answer.  “I don’t want to fight with you, LeeAnne.”  LeeAnne won’t let it go, and Brandi finally caves and admits that yes, she believes LeeAnne wants pity from what she went through in her past.  She thinks she lives in the past, which really pisses LeeAnne off.  Brandi doesn’t get it – she’s gone through some shit too, but she doesn’t bring it up the way LeeAnne does.  The girls are all watching from the table, and they can’t tell how things are going, because both girls are passionate about their feelings.  Steph finally gets up and intervenes.  “Do you guys still need more time to talk?”  Brandi is crying at this point, and she says she doesn’t think LeeAnne is actually going to hear her.  Steph and Brandi go sit by the water, and LeeAnne comes back to the table.

LeeAnne fills the girls in on her conversation with Brandi, and Kary tells us in her confessional that she thinks LeeAnne is just being a big baby and she needs to shut up.  Somehow, LeeAnne also brings up that she’s kind of hurt that the focus of the trip has been on D’Andra’s 50th birthday, even though “that was like two weeks ago” and LeeAnne has a huge event coming up that no one has talked about.  D’Andra is annoyed and snaps, “I wouldn’t know about that because I haven’t been invited to that event.”  LeeAnne tells us in her confessional that she doesn’t understand why D’Andra would want to be invited, since she tried to break her and Rich apart.  (If you feel that way, why are you even bringing it up then? I’m confused.)  Steph comes back to the table (Brandi is still sitting by the water) and basically asks LeeAnne what went wrong.  LeeAnne says that when she and Brandi are surface level, they can be fine.  But when they are “intimate”, that’s when things go wrong.  Brandi comes back to the table, and we end on the weirdest note – all of the girls are kind of fine?

What a strange episode!  This group is so friggin dysfunctional, LMAO.  But I love it.

Until next week!

 

BIG RESTLESS ENERGY

Here we are, Day 3 of Blogtober, and I already feel stuck, like I have nothing else to blog about. Which is completely untrue – I have two huge lists in my notes on my phone, but I couldn’t find anything I really felt like blogging about. So here we are, and I’m using my blog as my journal.

I’ve been super restless today, but also full of a weird energy that feels foreign to me. I don’t feel centered – I actually feel completely unbalanced. I can’t even get my words out properly. Maybe I’m over tired, but I’ve been like this pretty much all day.

Do you ever feel like you’re the only one who cares, and other people are so damn self centered and selfish? Cause that’s how I felt today. And it made me angry, because how can people be so selfish? I feel like so many people lack compassion and empathy, and that’s so hard for me to comprehend because I am extremely empathetic. I also realized that I’m pushy AF. I don’t mean to be….well, that’s not true. When it comes to what I believe is doing the right thing, then I think everyone should do it. So I guess I do mean to be. But after talking to a wonderful friend, whose like a second Mom to me, I realized I can’t worry about anyone else. I can only control myself and my own actions, no one else’s. And I need to let it go when things don’t go how I want them to.

I spent a lot of my day feeling some kind of way, and now that I’m reflecting on it, I realize that I didn’t have to. But you live and you learn, and I’ll use this day as an opportunity to grow.

I still feel restless, but hopefully that will pass soon. I wish I could describe exactly how I feel, but I’m not sure how to even put it into words. It’s a strange, anxious, energy. And I’m wondering if it’s because of all the pent up anger I was harboring today, or because there’s kind of a lot going on in my life in general, or a mixture of both.

I guess I just need to learn how to chill. And when I feel myself getting angry about stuff I can’t control, I need to let it go. And when I feel uncentered, maybe I need to journal, or sit in a quiet place and ask myself what’s going on. Maybe I should take up meditation, it would honestly probably be very beneficial to me.

It looks like Day 3 wasn’t a total failure, after all. I do feel better. And now that that’s off my chest, I’m off to bed. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel a little less restless, and a lot more balanced.

5 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH

I’m sure by now you guys are all well aware of my love for Fall, especially October. I figured what better way to ease into Blogtober than talk about some of the things I’m really excited about this month? 🤗

1.) MY 6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH SAUL

Ummm, I cannot believe we’ve been together for 6 years! Time truly flies. On October 5, 2013, I went on a blind date, and the rest is history. It’s funny – I remember going out for martinis the night before my date with my BFF Jena, and she basically had to talk me into going because I was a nervous wreck. (I’m such an anxious person in general, and I don’t do well “dating”.) Jen totally boosted my confidence, and by Saturday night I was still freaking out, but I wasn’t backing out, which is a good thing. Thank God I didn’t bail on that date! Who knew that on October 5th of 2013 I would meet the man of my dreams? Or that six years later, here we would be – planning our wedding, for next December!? It’s funny how things work out.

To celebrate, we’re going pumpkin picking (of course I chose this) and then we’re going for lunch. I’m not sure what else we’re doing, but it’s going to be an Errie/Saully day for sure. And I honestly don’t care what we do – I have fun with Saul when we’re just sitting on the couch, watching mindless TV together. I love him the most, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him. ❤️

2.) TRYING ON WEDDING DRESSES FOR THE FIRST TIME.

I’m so excited for this, but I’m also nervous AF. It’s such a huge deal (even though I keep trying to be so nonchalant about it.) Jena & Melissa are coming with me (I made an appointment at David’s Bridal) and we’re going to make a day out of it. It’s a destination wedding – so I don’t want anything crazy. I’ll post one of the dresses I absolutely love. But you never know, I could try it on and hate it, so we’ll see!

3.) MEETING WITH A NUTRITIONIST

I‘ve struggled with my weight for nearly all of my adult life, and I finally realized that I needed to stop with “diets” and do something that will truly be a lifestyle change for me. I’m meeting with someone named Tori at the end of the month, and the facility that I chose to go to takes a holistic approach to nutrition, which I found very intriguing. Tori seems great, and I’m excited to meet with her. I have so many wonderful things coming up within the next year, and I just want to feel my best, and be my best self. Happy and healthy is my goal – I’ve thrown “being skinny” out the window. And I’m totally fine with that.

4.) DECORATING FOR HALLOWEEN 👻

I can’t believe I haven’t done this yet, since it’s already October 2nd, but I can’t wait to get the house all spooky! I decorated last year, and I thought it looked super cute. Hopefully I’ll have time this weekend to get all my Halloween stuff out!

5.) HALLOWEEN 🎃

I truly just love Halloween in general. Watching scary movies, cuddling on the couch with hot chocolate or soup, with a warm fuzzy blanket and my fall scented candles lit sounds absolutely heavenly. I haven’t dressed up in forever, but I used to love Halloween parties. (Maybe I’ll do a costume post at some point this month, talking about Halloween parties just inspired me.) As of right now I have no costume party plans, but I’m totally fine with doing the latter!

What’re you guys looking forward to this month?

20 CREEPY BOOKS TO READ THIS OCTOBER

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Well, to me at least.  I love everything about October, so when I heard about “Blogtober”, I figured I had to at least try it out.  And what better way to start it than with some great, spooky novels to read before Halloween? Some of these books I’ve read, and some of them are on my TBR.  Happy Reading! *Side note: All of the book snyopsis’s are from Amazon!

 

1.) THE INVITED – JENNIFER MCMAHON

The Invited

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house–a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse–objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.

 

2.) HOW TO HANG A WITCH – ADRIANA MATHER

witch

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

 

3.) THE HAUNTED – DANIELLE VEGA

The Haunted

 

Clean slate. That’s what Hendricks Becker-O’Malley’s parents said when they moved their family to the tiny town of Drearfield, New York. Hendricks wants to lay low and forget her dark, traumatic past. Forget him. But things don’t go as planned.

Hendricks learns from new friends at school that Steele House–the fixer upper her parents are so excited about–is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. But Hendricks isn’t sure if it’s the demons of her past haunting her …or of the present. Voices whisper in her ear as she lays in bed. Doors lock on their own. And, then, one night, things take a violent turn.

With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

4.) THE SACRIFICE BOX – MARTIN STEWART

Sacrifice

 

In the summer of 1982, five friends discover an ancient stone box hidden deep in the woods. They seal inside of it treasured objects from their childhoods, and they make a vow:

Never come to the box alone. 
Never open it after dark. 
Never take back your sacrifice. 

Four years later, a series of strange and terrifying events begin to unfold: mirrors inexplicably shattering, inanimate beings coming to life, otherworldly crows thirsting for blood. Someone broke the rules of the box, and now everyone has to pay.

But how much are they willing to sacrifice?

 

5.) LITTLE MONSTERS – KARA THOMAS

MONSTERS

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and, strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls – she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all – especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

 

6.) CAMPFIRE – SHAWN SARLES

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While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims’ foreheads.

The next day, the story comes true.

Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods – with no way out – being stalked by their worst nightmares. There were other, more horrifying stories told that night – and Maddie’s about to find out just how they end…

 

7.) THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN – KIERSTEN WHITE

DARK DESCENT

 

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

 

8.) THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE – STEPHANIE PERKINS

INSIDE YOUR HOUSE

One by one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International best-selling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to turn off.

 

9.) THE HOLLOW – JESSICA VERDAY

the hollow

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again…but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

 

10.) THE TENTH GIRL – SARA FARING

the tenth girl-MECH.indd

A haunted Argentinian mansion.
A family curse.
A twist you’ll never see coming.
Welcome to Vaccaro School.

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi―a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother―it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house―despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored… and one of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence.

 

11.) THE END OF TEMPERANCE DARE – WENDY WEBB

temperance dare

When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists’ retreat, she knows nothing of Cliffside Manor’s dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a “waiting room for death.” After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them.

But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor’s grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there’s more to the institution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new fellows―including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks―she begins to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the fellows—and herself—from sinister forces.

 

12.) TEETH IN THE MIST – DAWN KURTAGICH

TEETH IN

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember–so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward–one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…

 

13.) THE SPECIAL ONES – EM BAILEY

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Esther is one of the Special Ones: four young spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are—and all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside.

Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will “renew” her. Nobody knows what happens to the Special Ones who are taken away from the farm for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape in this daring psychological thriller.

 

14.) WHAT YOU HIDE – NATALIE D. RICHARDS

hide

Mallory didn’t want to leave home, but it wasn’t safe to stay. So she sleeps at her best friend’s house and spends the rest of her time at the library, doing her online schoolwork and figuring out what comes next. Because she’s not going live in fear like her mother.

Spencer volunteers at the library. Sure, it’s community service for a stunt he pulled, but he likes the work. And it’s the perfect escape from his parents’ pressure to excel at school, at ice hockey, at everything. Especially after he meets Mallory.

Then there is a tragic death at the library. Suddenly, what was once a sanctuary turns sinister. Ghostly footprints, strange scratching sounds, scrawled messages on bulletin boards and walls… Mallory and Spencer don’t know who or what is responsible, but one thing is for sure:

They are not as alone―or as safe―as they thought.

 

15.) THE SILENT COMPANIONS – LAURA PURCELL

SILENT

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But pregnant and widowed just weeks after their wedding, with her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her late husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

 

16.) HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS – ERIN A. CRAIG

HOUSE OF SALT

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last–the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge–and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who–or what–are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family–before it claims her next.

 

17.) HOUSE OF FURIES – MADELEINE ROUX

house of furies

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house.

But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure who to trust?

 

18.) THE WIDOW OF PALE HARBOR – HESTER FOX

pale harbor

Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.

As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.

 

19.) THE NIGHT SISTER – JENNIFER MCMAHON

night sister

Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde-bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds – revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.

20.) THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL – JAIME JO WRIGHT

FOSTER HILL
Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

 

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