“Garden of Darkness” by Anne Frasier is a chilling atmospheric tale of horror. This follow-up to “Pale Immortal” should please fans and new readers alike. According to the legend of the Pale Immortal a vampire built the town of Old Tuonela. Is it a hoax or are dark forces really at work?
In Tuonela, Wisconsin the exhumed body of Richard Manchester, a suspected vampire known as the Pale Immortal, is put on display. His remains are drawing visitors from across the country. When a tourist disappears the mayor tries to down play the publicity. Meanwhile the medical examiner, Rachel Burton, is packed up and anxious to leave town. Pregnant and betrayed by the man she loves she wants to move on before her baby is born. The chief of police stops her and begs her to stay to help with a case. Although she wants to protect her baby from any evil doing in the town, she feels compelled to stay when he tells her the skinned body of a tourist was found. She knows it wasn’t done by an animal. Time proves her right and the prime suspect turns out to be her former lover. She’s determined to forget Evan and focus on the case. But as more bodies are discovered and Evan’s behavior becomes more irrational she fears he may really be the killer.
This is a great story but I wish I had read “Pale Immortal” first. As soon as I picked up on some of the back history I was hooked. I love the ghost town setting and the mix of characters. The haunted town of Tuonela provides the perfect backdrop for paranormal suspense and shocking revelations. Switching Point Of View is often confusing, but in this story it works. Grab a yourself a copy of “Pale Immortal” then read “Garden of Darkness” for the heart pounding climax.
Publisher: Onyx (December 4, 2007)
Paperback: Pages 384
Price: $ 7.99
Gail Pruszkowski reviews for “Romantic Times BOOKreviews” magazine and her work has been published in the “Cup of Comfort” Anthologies.