This unnerving thriller tests the boundary between obsession and possession. Author Richard Sanford says, “I think there’s a place in all of us that struggles against something, even the most advantaged of us. We’re all at war. It’s in our darkest heart, the struggle, and it can terrify us.”
An edgy young couple win a timeshare vacation in Alpenhurst, Lake Tahoe’s grand lodge. Soon they are drawn into a circle of neighbors who share a chilling secret, and an ungodly compulsion to make the couple their own.
Dana and Louis Ferrin win a prize in a lottery—a week’s vacation in the Alpenhurst mansion. It’s just what they need, an away-from-it-
The house is old and grand and luxurious, set deep in the woods above Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border. The nearest neighbors cannot be seen. A second honeymoon, they’re thinking. Except that in the woods they are being watched. And plans are being made for the new arrivals.
The couple meet Noah Taggart, owner of the beautiful house nearby and charismatic center of the community of wealthy residents. Taggart has a strange and powerful influence over Dana. Louis is uneasy, sensing the trip has been a terrible mistake. But before he can undo it, a neighbor is viciously attacked, killed in the woods. How could it have been a pack of wolves so close to the tourist mecca of Tahoe?
As much as Dana and Louis imagine they will fight it, the lure is irresistible. It is as though they are destined to be there. They find themselves encompassed by a new circle of friends—all bound by a common calling.
Reviewers lauded this best-seller in its original release:
Prize is a holiday trip to terror
Old Alfred Hitchcock would love this one. It is a startling debut in the terror field….
Sanford shreds your nerves twang by tingling twang.
A chilling horror debut is crammed with terror and tension... Gripping stuff.
Odeon Press is thrilled to let THE CALLING live again.
Richard Sanford came of age in the deep South, a place suspended in time and haunted with stories. His other novels include LONG TIME GONE, ROADKILL, and newly released from Odeon Press, RING OF STARS.
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