By Alma Katsu
In the culture of Anne Rice and Elizabeth Kostova comes a hauntingly atmospheric story spanning a number of lifetimes—a love tale that includes alchemy, lust, and betrayal.
True love can final an eternity . . . yet immortality comes at a price.
On the middle of the night shift at a clinic in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is looking ahead to a quiet night. until eventually a mysterious lady arrives in his ER, escorted by means of police—Lanore McIlvrae is a homicide suspect—and Luke is inexplicably interested in her. As Lanny tells him her tale, an impassioned account of affection and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she modifies his existence without end. . . . on the flip of the 19th century, while St. Andrew was once a Puritan payment, Lanny was once ate up as a toddler through her love for the son of the town’s founder, and she or he will do whatever to be with him endlessly. however the expense she will pay is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a negative destiny for eternity.
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You’ll by no means try and run away back. ” Adair wove his hands into my hair and drew his face with regards to mine. “And take note this if you are again on your village together with your kinfolk and together with your Jonathan—there is nowhere you could pass that I can’t locate you. you could by no means get away me. ” “The woman …,” i attempted to assert via lips sealed with dried blood. “This isn't concerning the woman, Lanore. even though you need to discover ways to settle for what is going on in my house—you will settle for it, and join it, too. this can be approximately you turning your again on me, refusing me. i cannot enable that. specifically from you, i wouldn't have anticipated that you—” He choked off the remainder, pondering best of it, yet I knew what he intended to claim, that he didn't wish to remorse giving a bit of his middle to me. I won’t let you know what occurred to me in that room. let me this shred of privateness, to maintain from you the main points of my debasement. it may be adequate to understand that it used to be the main awful ordeal i've got ever suffered. It was once not only Adair who used to be my torturer: he enlisted Dona, too, notwithstanding it was once basically opposed to the Italian’s will. It was once my style of the devil’s hearth that Jude had warned me approximately, a lesson that tempting the devil’s love is a smart hazard. Such love, if it may be referred to as that, isn't candy. finally, you are going to adventure it for what it's. it's vitriol. it truly is poison. it really is acid poured down your throat. i used to be slightly unsleeping while they’d entire. I opened my eyes a slit to determine Adair picking out up his garments from the floor. He used to be slick with sweat and his hair was once plastered to his neck in darkish curls. Dona had gotten his gown on, too, and used to be crawling on his fingers and knees, light and shaky, as if he should be ailing at any moment. Adair raked his fingers via his rainy hair, then tossed his head in Dona’s course. “Get her upstairs and feature somebody fresh her up,” he acknowledged sooner than exiting the room. I winced as Dona undid the leather-based straps. they'd bit into my pores and skin, leaving me with dozens of cuts, the injuries commencing back while the straps pulled opposed to the dried blood. He left the terrible contraption at the floor—the straps shaping themselves right into a hole human form—and picked me up in his hands, the tenderest I had ever noticeable Dona, prior to or considering the fact that. He took me to the room with the copper bath, the place Alejandro waited with buckets of scorching water. Then Alejandro washed me lightly, wiping away the blood and the fluids, yet i'll slightly stand his contact and that i couldn’t cease crying. “I am in hell, Alejandro. How am i able to pass on? ” He took my hand and daubed it with a fabric. “You don't have any selection. it may aid to grasp that we've got all been via this, every one folks. there's no disgrace in what occurred to you, no longer between us. ” whilst he washed, my wounds have been therapeutic, the tiny slashes disappearing, the bruises yellowing. He dried me and wrapped me in a fresh banyan, and we lay jointly at the mattress, Alejandro nestled in the back of me, now not letting me cut back from him. “So, what occurs subsequent? ” I requested, my arms laced along with his. “Nothing. it is going to return to because it was once ahead of.