On Sale: April 25, 2017
Featuring: Eva Sandeski
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Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New
England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live
among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it’s
known as “Burntown.”
Eva Sandeski, known as “Necco” on the street, has been a
part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her
father Miles drowned in a flood that left her and her mother
Lily homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an
inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that
the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison’s
workshop. According to Lily, it’s this machine that got
Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered
imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies
under mysterious circumstances, and Necco’s boyfriend is
murdered, she’s convinced her mother was telling the truth.
Now, on the run from the man called “Snake Eyes,” Necco must
rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive.
There are the “fire eaters,” mystical women living off the
grid in a campsite on the river’s edge, practicing a kind of
soothsaying inspired by powerful herbs called “the devil’s
snuff”; there’s Theo, a high school senior who is scrambling
to repay the money she owes a dangerous man; and then
there’s Pru, the cafeteria lady with a secret life.
As the lives of these misfits intersect, and as the killer
from the Sandeski family’s past draws ever closer, a story
of edge-of-your-seat suspense begins to unfurl with classic
Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises.
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