Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.
Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.
Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?
Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.
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What a thoroughly enjoyable, mysterious and gripping read!
Ellis Harkington has no memory of her life before the day she wakes up on a train headed for a small, secluded town of Gamin, Maine. With her is a nurse who refuses to divulge much about Ellis's past, which Ellis soon discovers is something all citizens of Gamin agree upon. With no recollections of her former self, and no clear indication of who she is supposed to be, Ellis becomes preoccupied with finding the answers, all while having to decide who among her new friends and acquaintances is trustworthy enough to help her along the way.
Thus begins a curious game of cat-and-mouse. Except Ellis is the cat, and Ellis is the mouse.