Ghost Mother

A Novel

By Kelly Dwyer (Author)


Pub Date 8/6/2024

ISBN 9781454952824

Format Paperback


Ghost Mother is a mesmerizing psychological ghost story that blurs the thin line between reality and delusion.

Lilly Bly desperately wants to have a baby. She is struggling with infertility and bad spending habits when her husband, Jack, gets a new job that moves them from Chicago to a small town in Wisconsin. Impractical Lilly falls in love with a decrepit mansion well out of their price range—she is convinced that she will finally get pregnant and have a baby in this house—and Jack reluctantly agrees to buy the wreck. But when Lilly learns that her dream house was the site of a gruesome triple homicide/suicide in the 1950s, she begins to experience strange occurrences that soon lead her to believe the house is haunted. Are her ghostly encounters real, or is this a cascading mental breakdown? As Lilly learns more about the deaths and her visions become increasingly vivid, her relationship with Jack deteriorates, leading to a dramatic and irreversible climax.

Perfect for fans of classic, gothic horror fiction, like Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, as well as contemporary suspense and horror fiction by everyone from Stephen King to Ruth Ware.

"Ghost Mother is a moving, thrilling ride! I was so caught up in the mystery of the narrator's possible haunting, I couldn't stop reading until I learned the story's many secrets. I've read ALL the best haunted house novels, but none of them have shocked me more at the conclusion than this mesmerizing plot! A must-read for those who love ghost stories."—Mona Susan Power, author of The Council of Dolls, National Book Award longlist

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Kelly Dwyer, a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, published two literary novels back in the ’90s: The Tracks of Angels and Self Portrait with Ghosts. She’s also written plays that have been produced in New York; Boston; Madison, WI; and Glasgow, Scotland.


Title Details

Pages 336 pages

Trim 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories WENG

Category Fiction

Carton Quantity 33