Bliss House Book 1
January 18, 2021
Available in: Audio, e-Book (reprint)
Evil acts live forever inside the walls of Bliss House.
A Generation Ago
A wealthy young man lures his naïve lover to a hidden, secret place with promises of love and other dangerous pleasures. To her terror, she becomes his prisoner, and what happens to her there deepens the haunting of Bliss House, and lives forever in the nightmares of its inhabitants.
Rainey Adams is a widow desperate to make a new life for herself and her damaged teenage daughter, Ariel. What could be more perfect than to buy and restore Bliss House, a stunning historic mansion in the calm and beautiful Virginia countryside? On the night Rainey reopens Bliss House to the town of Old Gate, a woman dies violently beneath the house’s star-filled dome. Ariel falls under the strange enchantment of the house, and becomes convinced it will heal her scarred body and return her lost father to her. Rainey, still grieving her husband’s death, must discover exactly what she’s fighting and keep Ariel safe.
Only uncovering Bliss House’s terrible past and confronting the very human dangers of the present will help Rainey save her daughter, and redeem the legacy of Bliss House.
Bliss House is a contemporary novel in the Bliss House Gothic Series, which also includes the novels Charlotte’s Story and The Abandoned Heart. The books and stories in the series can be read in any order.
Originally published June 2014 in hardcover and eBook and June 2015 in trade paperback by Pegasus.
Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of eight novels of mystery and suspense, including The Stranger Inside (Publishers Weekly starred review), and the Bliss House gothic novels and stories. Her latest book is a compilation of her short fiction, When I Make Love to the Bug Man: Collected Stories. Her stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Strand Magazine, and in numerous anthologies. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she lives in Southern Illinois with her family.