Edgewater City Councilwoman Laura Keegan has released her first book, a mystery novel titled “Haunting at Remington House.” Here is the press release:
Against the backdrop of coastal New England in autumn, the characters in Laura V. Keegan’s debut novel ‘Haunting at Remington House’ come to life—and come back from the dead—in a darkly detailed ghost story that stirs the imagination with rich descriptive prose and supernatural happenings in a stately old house at the edge of the sea. As the waves crash and batter the shore below, Remington House sits high on a rocky cliff, harboring a violent secret and sinister spirits with malevolent intentions.
After spending two years wallowing in grief and despair following the premature and tragic loss of his wife Elise—a loss for which he blames himself— Keegan’s main character, forty-year-old Tom Gardner, purchases Remington House and moves to the outskirts of the seaside town of Ravenswood. Hoping to let go of the pain and torment of his past, Tom unknowingly brings with him the angry spirit of his dead wife as he struggles to start his life over in a house that has its own dark history and disgruntled, ghostly inhabitants.
Almost immediately, Tom begins to suspect that he isn’t alone at Remington House but easily finds excuses for lights that flicker, doors that slam and the creak of floorboards in the attic. He soon realizes that these are just the tip of the iceberg and quickly finds himself embroiled in a series of terror-filled experiences—and at the mercy of powerful, ominous forces—that threaten the lives of his family, friends and the other residents of Ravenswood.
“I love mysteries and love to be frightened,” says Keegan. “Combining those aspects in my story with the often frightening workings of the mind during times of duress, increases the tension and keeps the reader wanting more. Add to that my love of the supernatural and we have the perfect formula for the tale of a haunting.”
‘Haunting at Remington House’ is not a run-of-the-mill scary story about things that go bump in the night. Keegan goes beyond the usual boundaries of ghost stories and instead delivers an interesting, complicated and well-developed cast of characters—dead and alive—who carry the twists and surprising turns of her novel alongside vivid imagery and a compelling, spine-tingling narrative.
“Focusing on the supernatural versus the human element is always fascinating. I offer unique interactions among living characters and spirits, whom I portray as formidable yet fallible,” says Keegan. “The ensuing battles of psyches, where there are no rules, are wicked games played throughout the book. The unpredictable ending will open readers’ minds to another dimension.”