Moths Author:Rosalind Ashe This is the story of possession; of a beautiful but neglected Oxfordshire mansion; the evergreen woods surrounding it; and the evil lurking within.... — Dower House at Sutton Hamden, lush and irresistible, draws people to it as moths to a flame. Among those caught in its spell are James and Nemo Boyce, who buy it, and Harry Harris, bachelor don, ... more »who becomes possessed by both the house and its ravishing mistress. But disturbing events - the mysterious death of a favorite dog, inexplicable music in the woods, fleeting reflections in an old mirror - give warning of yet another presence. And then, at the Boyces' housewarming party, an uninvited guest makes an appearance: Sarah Moore, dazzling actress, beautiful, lustful, murderous - and dead a century and a half. As Nemo begins to undergo a sequence of bizarre changes, Harry, now obsessively in love with her, becomes witness, victim, even accomplice to grotesque crimes - sweeping him up into an ever-tightening spiral of tragedy.
In an elegant and haunting style, Rosalind Ashe evokes the texture of every plant and stone. She creates a compelling tale of love, mystery, and the supernatural, intensified by an overpowering sense of evil rising from the very grounds of Dower House. Tense and chilling as a detective story, "Moths" accelerates to a climax of bizarre horror, engaging the reader in its eloquent grip.« less