The Queen Unmasked

The Queen Unmasked

by Autumn Russell

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If beauty is only skin deep then envy is rottenness to the bones, causing a slow decay of both mind and soul…
After suffering an unforgivable betrayal at the hands of her sister, Ivy is taken against her will to a castle on a distant, isolated island, is forced into a loveless marriage to a king she knows nothing about, and has to endure sharing the castle with Scarlet, a stepdaughter she grows to fear. It’s there, in those hidden corridors and winding stairwells, that Ivy realizes there’s much more about her new husband and home that she’s yet to uncover.
It soon becomes clear that the king never got over the death of his first wife, Saphirra, and harbors an uncanny obsession with her. Worse yet, Ivy begins to fear for her life, when whispers seeming to hint at danger preoccupy both her waking and sleeping hours.
The strained relationship between stepmother and stepdaughter deteriorates as the years pass. A mutual mistrust and fear develop between them as the two women are pitted against each other in a deadly game of deceit. Soon, they each suspect the other capable of murder.
All this, and much more, along with an unhealthy attachment to a certain mirrored room, becomes an obsession for Ivy. Her sister was right—the reflective surface of water really was like a mirror. This knowledge from early on in childhood is what sets off an aversion to anything resembling a mirror, and then the very object of her abhorrence gradually shifts into an almost manic need to peer time and again at her own hated reflection. The sometimes frightening and disturbing whispers and childhood memories that come back to haunt her, cause Ivy to spiral into further madness—madness that, if she’s not careful, could cost her much more than just her sanity. What Ivy doesn’t know is that the disturbing memories of a malevolent sister, and the strange occurrences that continue to plague her as an adult, are not what she needs to fear—but instead, what watches her from the darkness of her bedchamber, while she sleeps at night…
Female servants, all of whom are beautiful, systematically vanish. It’s not long before suspicion falls on Ivy herself, after whispered rumors get out about the insanity that possesses her. A masked predator lurks inside the cavernous rooms and forgotten halls of the castle, and is using the lush rainforest that surrounds the great stone dwelling as a personal hunting ground. When the killer is unmasked, will it reveal the queen to be a murderess—or a victim of her own insanity caught in an elaborate web of deception? As more unexplained events unfold, Ivy soon realizes that nothing is as it seems—least of all herself.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154386828
Publisher: Autumn Russell
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 499 KB

About the Author

If I'm not writing I'm reading. I always enjoy a chilling fairytale or gripping suspense. I have a bookshelf at home full of my favorite authors and their stories. Mainly I write psychological thrillers and fairytales. If you're following or reading my stories, you'll find that I throw in the occasional comedy or drama. Mostly my stories center on a basic conflict that almost always end in a twist. In my writing I touch on the idea that all of us have secrets, some shocking, while yet others, terrifying. We all have the inherent need to believe that we're safe with those closest to us. But sometimes evil lurks just around the corner and hides in the most famailar face. Which now brings me to invite you to try out my books, listed here. FATAL OBSESSION, A WALK AROUND AUDUBON, LOST SOULS, THE BEAST OF ROGUE, THE QUEEN UNMASKED, WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW. House of Her Dreams coming Spring 2020

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