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In Charlotte’s Story, masterful gothic horror author Laura Benedict returns to Bliss House, the yellow-brick Virginia mansion with a disreputable, dangerous past, that even the sheen of 1950’s domesticity cannot hide.

The fall of 1957 in southern Virginia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husband, Hasbrouck Preston “Press” Bliss, and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems a calm, picturesque life, but soon tragedy befalls them: four tragic deaths, with apparently simple explanations.

Charlotte's StoryBut nothing is simple if Bliss House is involved. How far will Charlotte go to discover the truth? And how far will she get without knowing who her real enemy is? Though Bliss House may promise to give its inhabitants what they want, it never gives them exactly what they expect.

Laura Benedict is the author of several dark suspense novels, including Charlotte’s Story (Pegasus Crime), the second novel in her gothic Bliss House series. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, PANK, and numerous anthologies likeThrillers: 100 Must-Reads, and The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers.

A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Laura grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and claims both as hometowns. She currently lives with her family in the southern wilds of a Midwestern state, surrounded by bobcats, coyotes, and other less picturesque predators.

Follow Laura Benedict on Twitter: @LauraBenedict.