By Ronald Malfi
Following the good fortune of his newest novel, Travis Glasgow and his spouse Jodie purchase their first condo within the doubtless idyllic western Maryland city of Westlake. at the beginning, every thing is photo perfect—from the attractive lake in the back of the home to the rebirth of the friendship among Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives within reach. Travis additionally starts off to beat the darkness of his formative years and the guilt he’s harbored considering his more youthful brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in secret that has plagued Travis because he was once thirteen. quickly, notwithstanding, the recent residence starts off to lose its allure. Strange noises wake Travis at evening, and his goals are affected by ghosts. slightly glimpsed shapes flit throughout the darkened hallways, yet strangest of all is the unusual set of wood stairs that rises cryptically out of the lake at the back of the home. Travis turns into interested in the constitution, but the extra he investigates, the extra he uncovers the house’s violent and tragic earlier, and the extra he learns that a few secrets and techniques can't be buried perpetually.
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He whistled for and located another porter, supervised the loading of Sonya's baggage onto another wheeled cart and then led the way out of the chrome and glass structure into the suddenly oppressive-by comparison-heat of the late afternoon sun. The tourists out on the promenade easily outnumbered the locals, dressed in the most awful bermudas and loud shirts, the women in slacks too tight for them, many almost comical in their floppy straw hats and exaggerated sunglasses. But Sonya had had enough of colorful costumes, native accents and mannerisms; now, all that she wanted was to settle down on Distingue as a governess for Mr.
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She felt like a silly young girl struck by a juvenile infatuation, rather than like a mature young woman, and she looked away from her reflection, afraid that she would accidentally catch her own eyes, meet her own gaze and end up laughing at herself. Instead, she studied the frame of the large mirror, which was also of red cedar, carved to form two long slim alligators. Their scaly tails touched at the base of the mirror, hiding the sturdy braces that attached the piece to the top of the dresser, while their wide and toothy mouths met snout-to-snout at the top of the mirror.
Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi