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Growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, art curator Tempest Hobbs
was surrounded by metaphysical practitioners but considers her
own empathic powers a curse. The thoughts and feelings that assault
her grow so powerful that she is confined to a psychiatric hospital.
Upon her return home, badly shaken and weak, she discovers a letter
from Hathor, the mysterious mansion of the Ravenscroft family.
on the island of Hephzibah Regrets just off the coast, Hathor
has fascinated the locals for over a century. Said to be filled
with fabulous art and “fairy retreats” where
lavish parties are held, Hathor has been passed on through successive
generations of Ravenscrofts. But sixteen years ago, during one
of those parties, the distinguished dancer and Ravenscroft heir,
Raven Silver was shot and killed. Syd Jupiter, a powerful NFL fullback
and husband of Raven's sister and dance partner Rachel, was convicted
of the depraved heart murder of his brother-in-law and sentenced
to twenty-five years in prison.
The letter is from Syd Jupiter who is now paroled and living
at Hathor. Wyatt Ravenscroft, Rachel and Raven's grandfather, is
dead and has left his entire estate to Anjelica, Syd and Rachel's
fifteen-year-old daughter. In the letter Syd offers Tempest the
opportunity to live at Hathor for the summer while evaluating and
cataloging the vast art collection. It is also a welcome opportunity
for her to be away from the constant pressures of her life in society.
is dazzled by the art collection she discovers but she is soon
aware that there are secrets and lies all around her. Hathor's
housekeeper, Audrey, hates Syd and was once, Tempest discovers,
Raven's lover. Miles Wainwright, a local fisherman and the only
witness to the murder, is hiding something, and Anjelica lives
in fear that Syd will be sent back to prison. And then there is
Syd's mother, Marie-Isobel, the owner of a Santeria shop in New
Orleans' French Quarter, who joins them for the summer with her
candles and “cleansing” rituals.
In the fishing village on Hephzibah Regrets the locals gather
every night in the Riptide where men drink and talk fishing, women
spin and knit, and everyone relishes the rumors and tales about
Hathor. They tell stories of Will Silver, the father Raven and
Rachel never knew, and of wild Rosalind, their beautiful mother
who died in an insane asylum. As the heat of summer intensifies
Tempest learns more about the residents of Hathor with all their
secrets, deceptions, love affairs, madness, and mysterious deaths.
And about Syd Jupiter who is as enigmatic as he is alluring.