Synopsis: Mystery, Murder, and Manolo Blahnik…
A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .
When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.
Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.
The problem is . . . whoever it is may not be human.
Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.
Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.
Review: This is the first volume of the Sherry Soule’s adult series, being accustomed to her young adult series. But it was also nice to read something a little different. I admit that the same theme runs throughout all her books, but it is much darker here. I didn’t really expect it, but that does not mean that I was disturbed by my read.
Skylar is a woman like any other, until her uncle dies due to the strangest conditions. She didn’t have the time to take care of his legacy or the house he left her, but the moment finally arrives faster than she would have thought. After being fired, here is our young heroine going to this house that could help her make a fresh start, or even a break in her life. Something she really needs! But this house looks different than a haven of peace, and it’s even the opposite. Everything seems strange … people working there, the noises she hears, the conversations she discovers or even the secrets that live there.
I was really curious to learn more about this house and its inhabitants, and I must say I was quite surprised when I discovered the truth. Everyone has something to hide and we wonder why. We discover Dorian, this enigmatic guardian. Indeed, our heroine seems irresistibly drawn to him, but their relationship is very strange. He turns around her, looking for her, pushing her, without we really understand the reason. I confess that I asked myself a lot of questions about him, to try to understand what he was trying to hide and I admit that I was quite surprised by the result. But when more facts are intriguing, we can understand some others quite easily and it is therefore difficult to see why Skylar refuses to see the truth when it’s right in front of her. I particularly think about Victor and her feelings towards him. She stays away from him, but then she agrees to stay with him and all this without really trying to find out who he is. I admit I struggled to understand about that shot.
I loved the mystery during the whole story although I would have liked to learn more about the magic and acronyms mentioned in the novel. Indeed, at the end of book, we still have a few questions and I wonder if the author will tell us more in further adventures.
It was a very interesting and enjoyable story to discover. I’m curious to see what will happen now.