Winner of:

Wishing Shelf Book Award

Chanticleer Clue Book Award

Eric Hoffer Book Award

Nominate for:

Readers’ Favorite

First Horizon Book award

Indie Excellence Book Award

IAN (Independent Author Network) Book Award

Christine’s short stories have been finalists for Perigee Publication for the Arts, the Fish Short Story Prize, Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest, and a Glimmer Train Press Honorable Mention.


Debra Hamilton confronts the fear of inheriting mental illness when her husband moves her into a hundred-year-old farmhouse on fifty-three acres of blacklisted real estate property. Floorboards creak when she’s alone. Objects appear and disappear. Neighbors insinuate the house is haunted but memories of her mother’s schizophrenia make her wonder. Julie, a neighbor who befriends Debra, faces her own fears when a stalker starts sending perverted anonymous letters that cause a rift in Julie’s unstable marriage. Their plots merge as their friendship grows to create a rich and satisfying story. “Intelligence, as well as emotion, drives this novel. A taut thriller rich with lurid details yet also an evocation of vividly real and compelling characters.” –Mark Spencer, author of A Haunted Love Story, The Weary Motel, The Masked Demon, and Trespassers.