By Cherie Priest

Although she was once orphaned at beginning, Eden Moore is rarely on my own. 3 lifeless girls watch from the shadows, certain to guard her from damage. yet within the woods a gunman waits, confident that Eden is destined to keep on with her depraved great-grandfather--an African magician with the facility to curse the residing and lift the lifeless.

Now Eden needs to decipher the key of the ghostly trio earlier than a brand new enemy extra harmful than the fanatical murderer destroys what's left of her kin. she is going to sift via lies in a Georgian ante-bellum mansion and climb during the haunted ruins of a nineteenth century clinic, desperately looking the fact that will keep her cherished aunt from the curse that threatens her life.

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