When graduate student Aine Cahill uncovers a journal proving that her aunt Bonnie was an intimate companion of Henry David Thoreau's during his supposedly solitary sojourn at Walden Pond, she kws that she has found the perfect subject for her dissertation. She decides to travel to Walden Pond herself to hunker down and work on her writing, but it quickly becomes clear that all is t as it seems in Thoreau's woodland retreat. The further Aine delves into Bonnie's diary the more she finds herself wondering about her family's sinister legacy and even her own sanity-is there really a young girl lurking in the woods? As tragedy strikes a nearby town and suspicion falls on Aine, she scrambles to find the truth behind Thoreau's paradise.
R. B. Chesterton is the pseudonym for Carolyn Haines. She is 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the 2009 recipient of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and she was recently awarded the 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She is the author of dozens of books in a number of genres, including The Darkling, published by Pegasus Crime.