Ruin's Entrance (2014)
Ruin's Entrance, my second novel and the first in the Marius Besshaven series, is available now. Buy it at your favorite retailer.
House of Atreus, meet the House of Frost. The rambling estate in the wooded hills of southern Ohio hides secrets. Murder begetting murder. Wickedness leading to more wickedness. It’s a story as old as time itself.
Cast into this world after the death of his parents, young Marius Besshaven seeks the truth about his mother’s past, about his own identity. Cryptic messages in unlikely places, the fractured memories of unreliable survivors, the haunting voices of ghosts--from these elements Marius will have to piece together his family’s history. And what will become of him? Will he find ruin, like so many who came before him? Will he find resolution? Or will the curse continue?
From loudspeaker-muted atrocities on the killing fields of Nazi-occupied Poland to lavender-scented murder in the estate’s hidden garden, the tragedies of the past touch the lives of the present and no one will ever be the same.
What Readers Are Saying
"From the beginning there are echoes from the classics: The Secret Garden, Heidi, and Jane Eyre.... The narrative drive is so good in this book you could read it in one sitting."
- Joan Slowey, BigAl's Books and Pals
"Beautiful prose. Stunning at times. It is fascinating how the author spins a traditional Gothic novel in a contemporary setting. It has all the musts: horror, death, intrigue, and romance... Not to mention an old mansion filled with secrets, a forbidden garden, an orphan made the ward of his strange and frightening uncle, and dark mysteries of the past to unravel. The novel is also clearly a nod to The Secret Garden (though geared to adults and young adults), which is fun for anyone who enjoyed that book/movie. I highly recommend this book."
- Reader Review on Amazon
"Well written, with the ambiance of atmosphere and scenery lending to the darkness of the story. Definitely recommend this book."
- Reader Review on Barnes & Noble
A Note on Ruin's Entrance and The Secret Garden
Ruin's Entrance is a result of the author’s lifelong love of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was not my intention to simply write a 21st century version of Burnett’s great novel, but to explore thematic areas of particular interest to me, including the causes of family downfall and ruin. This necessitated going in some drastically different directions than the great Burnett.
If stories about dark houses, ghostly cries, and family secrets fascinate you as much as they fascinate me, I strongly recommend you read The Secret Garden.
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