The House on the Hill Author:Judith Kelman The psychopath: Released from prison after losing his sight and incarcerated in a once-deserted home at the edge of the woods, he is under constant electronic surveillance, his every move monitored by closed-circuit cameras. There is no way he could possibly escape.... — The parole officer: One of the few people in town who knows what ... more »is locked inside the isolated house. Quinn Gallagher thought she was hardened to human evil until she looked into the sightless eyes of a child killer and felt a law officer's outrage--and a parent's nameless dread....
The mother: Moved to Dove's Landing after the breakup of her first marriage hoping to start a new life with her daughter and her new husband--a hope that is devastated when eleven-year-old Abby disappears one ordinary afternoon.
The nightmare: Now a killer may be on the lose on the streets of the small Vermont town...preying on the young and the innocent...and the horror is beginning all over again. And the only clues to his identity lie in the dark confessions of a madman...and in The House On The Hill.« less
This was a pretty good page turner about a serial killer who is out on parole due to a technicality and living in an old formerly abandoned house near an upscale inn and restaurant. An eleven-year-old girl who resides at the inn with her family suddenly turns up missing and of course the focus is on the killer living close by. But did the girl get abducted or did she simply run away? And if she was abducted, is the serial killer the culprit or is it someone else. This one keeps you guessing but I think I had it figured out about midway through the novel. I would mostly recommend this as a good thriller with a Hannibal Lecter-like villain but there was one loose end that was never clarified. I won't give away details of this because it would be a spoiler; however, this did distract slightly from the story for me.