The Darkling

The “spellbinding tale” of an Alabama family and a troubled teenage orphan: “eloquent evidence that Southern storytelling is indeed a very special art form” (The New York Times Book Review).
 

In the 1940s, Coden, Alabama was a hideaway for movie stars—an isolated playground tucked among live oaks and placid bay waters where pleasure and vice could be indulged. By the summer of 1974 Coden’s glamour has faded, but it doesn’t bother Mimi Bosarge, who is just happy to have a job as a live-in tutor with the wealthiest family in town, the Hendersons. When the Hendersons generously open their arms to Annie, a troubled teenager with no recollection of her past, Mimi’s greatest concern is creating a curriculum for the family’s new ward.But it soon becomes obvious that something is wrong. Annie seems suspiciously savvy for her young age, and Mimi can’t quell the unnerving sense that there is something malicious about the waiflike beauty. When tragedy strikes the Henderson family, Mimi is convinced that Annie is somehow behind it, but she has no proof. Then tragedy strikes again – and again. As things in Coden quickly spiral out of control, Mimi’s carefully constructed life with the Hendersons becomes a nightmare.About the author:R. B. Chesterton pseudonym for Carolyn Haines, popular/loyal following aware of this titleWell-connected with bkstrs, touring for paperback and The SeekerFeatured at SIBA - Interview in SIBA newsletter and website (Authors 'Round the South)

R.B. Chesterton is the pseudonym for Carolyn Haines, who was the 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the 2009 recipient of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and the 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She is the author of more than sixty books in a number of genres. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of South Alabama where she teaches fiction writing.