Vanish with the Rose
Fearing for the safety of her missing brother, lawyer Diana Reed will do anything to get to the truth. Taking a job as a landscape architect at the last place Brad was seen—the sprawling estate where he worked as a caretaker—she prowls the strange old house determined to unlock its secrets. But each mystery Diana uncovers is more unsettling than the last, as odd visions, s...more
She's written a ton of book reviews on all types of gothic lit. There's a little something for every gothic taste.
OK, now on the the review.
I'm pretty sure I read this book when it was first published in the early 1990's. Michaels is one of my favorite gothic writers and many of her...more
The old estate in located in Virginia, where a couple that recently hit the lottery jackpot bought the house from an aging single lady with an eye to restoring the house and the grounds. Only later do we learn that Diana's brother disappeared after living among the townsfolk for a brief period of time, and...more
Diana is a wonderfully headstrong woman who sets out to discove...more
From page after page this novel creates great expectations,like...a secret attic in the Hall of the house , Diana's search for the former owners of the house...unknown tomb stones at the back yard of the house, the skeletal bones found during renovating...more
Terrible! I stuck with it and the first third of the book aside from managing to get to know the main players I wondered if all the rambling about roses was bnecessary and indeed at points I wondered if I had picked up a horticulturist book on roses.
I likes the litte quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the characters showed promise but the story line flitte...more
The Bad: Difficult to imagine the scenery, house, characters -- not very...more
sure about. As always this was a satisfying read. It isn't fine literature
and there are some holes in the plot but the characters are likable and watching the
relationships evolve is fun. Wish the ghostly elements had been a little more fleshed out but overall a good fun read.
She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.