The Vanished Bride of Northfield House
by Phyllis M. Newman
If you enjoy a good ghost story with a mystery thrown in this book may be just right for you.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
The Vanished Bride of Northfield House was completely suspenseful and fascinating!
~Bubble Bath Books
The style of writing was so easy to read, the growing friendship between Anne and Owen was delightful, the mystery was full of suspense but at a gentle pace as the secrets are gradually revealed.
~CAROLE’S BOOK CORNER
The setting and atmosphere of Ms. Newman’s The Vanished Bride of Northfield House is nothing short of exquisite! I felt like I was in an old b&w gothic movie. . .
Phyllis M Newman has done a great job with this book. It is a real page-turner.
While ticking all the prerequisites of a Gothic novel THE VANISHED BRIDE OF NORTHFIELD HOUSE provides a finely wrought mystery, deep characterization, and spine-tingling moments of the supernatural.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
Ms. Newman’s writing vividly captured the atmosphere of a haunted house in 1922 England. . . I could hardly put it down.
The Vanished Bride of Northfield House is the best Gothic mystery I’ve read in years.
England, 1922 Times are hard. Anne Chatham is a clever, modest young woman with little money, no prospects for marriage, and a never-shared secret—she can see spirits.
Anne finds employment as a typist at Northfield House, the grand country manor of the Wellington family. Her employer, the wheelchair-bound Mr. Wellington, is kindly. His haughty wife is not. He has two handsome sons, the wry and dashing Thomas and the dark and somber Owen.
Anne feels sure her prayers have been heard. Until the terrifying night, she stumbles upon a tortured spirit roaming the dark halls of Northfield, a spirit that only she can see.
In a search for answers, she finds herself drawn to Owen as they unearth a tragic story from the Wellington family’s past—a beautiful young bride gone missing on her wedding day.
Then tragedy strikes again on the night of a glittering masquerade ball…
Phyllis M Newman turned to writing mysteries after a career in finance and human resources. She lives in Columbus, Ohio in a big house with a weed-filled yard, three strong-willed cats, and a husband that’s easy on the eyes.
Author webpage www.readphyllismnewman.com
I heard scratching—fingernails or claws or beaks on wood. Then the rustle of wings, a soft fluttering. Perhaps a bird had gotten trapped on the floor above.
Knock. Thud. Knock. Thud. Knock. Thud.
I waited for the thumps and scratches to begin again, but heard only Owen’s rapid breathing.
His grip on my shoulder softened. Before we could step away from each other, I heard something else. Whispers. Not words, but sibilance. A faint weeping.
I could pretend no longer that the sounds issued from an animal.
Owen shuddered, and I tried to swallow.
My sight darted from the floors to the ceilings, from corner to corner, searching for additional signs. I saw none. The bed, its elaborate draperies, and the pictures on the walls were all undisturbed, but a plaintive lament—a mournful sobbing—suddenly filled the space.
When the weeping stopped, I found my hand pressed against Owen’s chest. I could feel his heart beating, hard and fast, under my palm.
“I think it’s over,” he said, releasing my shoulders.
I reluctantly withdrew my hand and took a step away.
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