The Easton family has just moved into their new fixer-upper, a beautiful old house that they bought at a steal, and Alice, the youngest of the family, is excited to explore the strange, new place. Her excitement turns to growing dread as she discovers a picture hidden under the old wallpaper, a child’s drawing of a family just like hers.
Soon after, members of the family begin to disappear, each victim marked on the child’s drawing with a dark black X. It’s up to her to unlock the grim mystery of the house before she becomes the next victim.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
D.W. Gillespie has been writing dark fiction in one form or another since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He's been featured in multiple horror anthologies, both in print and online. His books include, The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.
"In this dark, character-driven horror story, the central family is constructed with painful realism."
– Foreward Reviews
"This story has hints of the first Insidious movie and should be a hit with fans of ghoulies, ghosties and things that go bump in the night."
– For the Love of Books
"From the moment I picked up the book I did not move until I finished it [...] It is a non-stop thriller and horror novel that keeps you guessing until the end."
– Ily's Guest House
"This is a very solid story with a very catchy opening which will have you eating up pages quickly and is an entertaining few hours of escapism."
– Horror DNA
"[...] an uncomfortable read which creaks and spooks the reader as much as the house which the Easton's move into..."
– Rachel Read It
"The author put a lot of thought into the details, which fit together like puzzle pieces, but missing the original pattern, so that only at the end, when everything is put together neatly, you are able to recognize the scary overall picture."
– Lovely Books
"If you are looking for a quick spine-chiller to round out your October TBR, you should definitely check this one out!"
– Megs Book Rack
"A thrilling dark read, that left me on edge."
– Lost in the Land of Books
"I loved this suspense novel. The opening line “I never wanted to come here” hooked me right away."