Pressley Barclay is a dark novelist whose works are successful enough to give him a large following and a degree of enough wealth to make him capable of purchasing a remote, centuries-old English mansion that nobody else wants when he tires of living in busy London.
Pressley is enchanted and awestruck with his new estate, with its statue garden, private beach, grove of fruit trees, rumors of the mansion's dark history. As he explores and inspects its interior, marveling at the exquisite architecture and the many archaic rooms, he discovers a full-length mirror of stunning beauty hidden in the depths of a sub basement.
And the mirror sucks him in.
He finds himself roaming the same property five centuries prior, at a time where its occupants were a wealthy family of high society overshadowed by two brothers whose images grace a vast painting near the home's grand staircase. Their father is the town constable, who's been taking townsfolk heat from his inability to bring to justice those responsible for a mean streak of intensely brutal sexual murders. Pressley finds himself witnessing enough of the events to be taken into the web of a fascinating mystery encompassing the house and the identities of the sadistic killers.
Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc writes with conviction and beauty and carefully vivid detail, and I applaud her. She casts an eerie haunted atmosphere like a fog bank through a graveyard in your mind which settles there throughout the read's duration, in a way not menacing but surreal like feeling for obstacles as you walk across a dark room and your eyes hadn't yet adjusted. The detail in her work matches the craftsmanship described in the story concerning the contents of the mansion, and you'll feel almost as though you've been whisked away with Pressley through that mirror with him.
Andrea has graced the literary world prior to this with critically acclaimed poetry and works ranging from goth to horror to related erotica, and her much-praised "Gothique--A Man of Two Worlds." She's a part-time model, and you can photograph her beauty beside her favorite cemetery statue, any day.
Pay attention to Andrea's works, she's a true literary artist.