Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.
A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.
While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).
The sequel to the "Heirs of Watson Island," is full of the same awesome mystery and suspense that is present in the first book. The story begins with Barrie coming home to a Watson Plantation under attack. She has to protect the plantation while still digging up the mystery behind what lies beneath the mansion. This is where the story really gets interesting because there is so much to discover and the reader is guaranteed to have lots of fun figuring out the mysteries and enjoying the suspense the book provides.
This book is a paranormal thrill ride that has many plot surprises and another twist and turn every time you blink. Right when you get comfortable with one aspect of the story you realize that you were probably wrong and it blows your mind apart. The author is great at drawing you in and then proceeding to unravel everything. One thing that I did not like, was the constant fighting between Barrie and Eight. I don't think that it added a lot to the story. Barrie's character was upbeat and intelligent. Eight was more mysterious and the reader will need some time to feel him out. Those of you who are big fans of ghost hunting will love the eerie darkness that is present throughout the story though. As the story goes on, it gets more fun and crazy and all of the characters get more frantic to solve the mystery. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Reviewed by Chris
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