BEAUTIFUL, FRIGHTENING, AND SILENT
The debut novel by critically acclaimed
Horror Author, Jennifer Anne Gordon
Published by Livre Maison, the book is
available worldwide, in digital and print across all platforms!
Adam, a young alcoholic, slowly descends into madness while dealing with psychological scars of childhood trauma which are reawakened when his son and wife die in a car accident that he feels he is responsible for. After a failed suicide attempt, and more group meetings that he can mention. Adam hears a rumor of a Haunted Island off the Coast of Maine, where “if someone wants it bad enough” they could be reunited with a lost loved one.
In his desperate attempt to connect with the ghost of his four-and-a half year old son, he decides to go there, to Dagger Island, desperate to apologize to, or be condemned by, his young son. Adam is not sure what he deserves or even which of these he wants more. While staying in a crumbling old boarding house, he becomes involved with a beautiful and manipulative ghost who has spent 60 years tormenting the now elderly man who was her lover, and ultimately her murderer. The three of them create a “Menage-a-Guilt” as they all come to terms with what it is that ties them so emotionally to their memories and their very “existence”. Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent is a poetic fever dream of grief, love, and the terrifying ways that obsession can change who we are.
Praise for Jennifer Anne Gordon:
is dark, twisted, and lyrical. This story starts with grief. I felt so
deeply for Adam and what he has experienced through the loss of his family and
the guilt that follows him since the accident. This book is painful to read,
but it also continuously gave me the feeling of running towards something. The
story kept me on my toes sitting right between the real world and fantasy
paranormal so that I was never sure where we would go next. There are twists
and turns throughout that left me surprised each time while at the same time
feeling like there was nowhere else for the story to go.”
Romo, Reviewer for Reedsy