Published in December 2017, Building 51 is my most recent novel, and my first step into the horror genre.
Partially burned and completely abandoned, the Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane stands as a crumbling reminder of the dark, early days of the treatment of the mentally ill. While the hospital was touted as “revolutionary,” it was more of a warehouse. Shock treatment, lobotomies, and straightjackets weren't scary stories; they were the reality. For 140 years, unspeakable acts happened within the hospital’s walls and wards, and it was not only the patients who committed them.
In Building 51, a group of seven friends exploring the ruins discover a room full of old, battered suitcases. Why were they still there?
Because their owners never left. And they're excited to have visitors.
Quinn Delaney is dying, and is determined to solve a thirty-year-old mystery. Declan Gray, prominent clothing designer and millionaire, disappeared in 1903, never to be seen or heard from again.
Now, along with his grandson Aidan, Quinn returns to his best friend’s estate, Journey’s End, so that he may begin saying his goodbyes. Recounting the tragic events that shaped Declan’s life to his grandson, Quinn and Aidan grow even closer together.
When Aidan stumbles upon a journal, Quinn wonders if he might finally find the answers to the whereabouts of his long lost friend. Set in the historic Hudson River Valley, Journey’s End narrates a story of friendship, family, love, loss and hope.
LETTERS TO MY CHILD
This book began as a journal I wrote to my son. The more I wrote, the more I believed it could be viewed not only as a letter to my own son, sharing my experiences and observations in life, but also to share them with mothers of the world. We are united in that same role: no matter where you live, your station in life, your status in the community. I think at our core, we all want the same thing for our children - we want a better life than what we had. We want our children to have less pain, less misfortune, more wisdom and to grow up in a better world in general than we did. What I began to write were things I wanted him to know as he grew older - lessons on life and love. But I also I wanted him to know that, aside from being his mother, I am also a real person. I'd like to be able to say, when he gets older, that my child had a glimpse into the person I was before he was born. I hope that within these pages, within these letters and lessons, all mothers can find their voice speaking with me as they help to shape the future of their own children.
Eva Sterling left Walnut Hill without a backward glance...ran at high speed is actually more accurate. She has been living the life she always wanted with her husband Matt until tragedy strikes and turns her world upside down. Her hometown, until now, has never given her what she needed...has always been more draining than sustaining. Now, she must return home to the life...the family...everything upon which she once turned her back and hope that the place from whence she came has what she needs now to heal.
Jesse Hawthorne instigated Eva's departure. He was utterly responsible for breaking her heart more times than he could count. He has carried with him the knowledge and the burden that she ran away, not from the town, but from him. With her arrival back in his life, he is bound and determined to be the man he always knew she deserved.
Second Chances asks its characters, and its readers, the question, "Is it possible to build a future on a foundation of regret?"