A decades-old murder. A strange, blood-thirsty cult. And a house full of spirits.It was supposed to be a new beginning, a fresh start in the Shenandoah Valley, where Scarlett’s memories weren’t riddled with drug addiction and rehab. But after purchasing an abandoned house with a checkered past in the hopes of transforming it into a luxury bed and breakfast, strange things start to happen. Disturbing voices and noises interrupt her new life. Strangers appear, bearing cryptic warnings. A tunnel is discovered underneath the house—one historically used for a local cult’s rituals. After several of Scarlett’s guests are hospitalized, she realizes she is being targeted by violent spirits. Driven to the edge of despair, Scarlett vows to fight back—but she has no idea what she’s really battling. And her nightmare is just beginning… The Meadows is a gripping supernatural thriller in which the monsters may be vampires, demons, or flesh and blood. It is a nightmare that will make you believe it could easily happen to you.
Meet Scarlett. She’s a songwriter and she’s made quite a name for herself in the country music industry. She’s been in rehab but now she’s back on the wagon and determined to turn the page. She moves from country music capital Nashville, Tennessee, to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where she’s bought a mansion and surrounding grounds: The Meadows. Her plan is to restore the mansion to its former glory and turn it into a B&B, but what she doesn’t realise is that The Meadows has a rich history of violent events and ensuing deaths. I don’t have to tell you that the setting is particularly gothic; one look at the deliciously spooky cover should tell you all you need to know: an old gigantic mansion in the woods, now what could be more gothic than that?! Add a few shadows lurking in the dark, mysterious foul-smelling tunnels and a vicious vampire cult, and you’ve got yourself a perfectly creepy read.
I have absolutely nothing in common with Scarlett but I liked her anyway. She hit rock bottom and fought her way back up, only to be knocked down again by the events at “The Meadows”. Even when people are starting to get hurt, she stubbornly refuses to leave and she fights back as well as she can (Hmm, stubborn, eh? Well, maybe we do have something in common 😉).
This story has it all: secrets and mystery, a little bit of romance, ghosts and ghost busters, demons and a demonologist, blood-thirsty nutters. At times it scared the living daylights out of me.
So if you’re in the market for a good ghost story with all the trimmings, I can certainly recommend this one!
Thanks to London Clarke and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.