Read this book is horrific! And I loved it! I have read it twice over the last couple of years because it's such a great book with shocking events that kept me reading well past midnight!
Excellent but disturbing at the same time.
Fifteen year-old Matthew Moore seems to have it all: a loving mother, Joan; a caring stepfather, Bill, who treats Matt like his own son; residence at a sprawling estate in New Hampshire; and a growing relationship with the most beautiful girl at school.
A sudden fire leaves Matt's ailing grandmother homeless. After moving in with the family, the caustic Emily insists on re-creating the bedroom of her deceased daughter, the favored child who died tragically more than a decade ago.
Then Matt's life starts to change. He starts to smell his aunt's perfume, so strong and immediate that it is as if she has returned from the dead. At ngiht he finds himself haunted by nightmares of unimaginable terror.
Matt goes from a gregarious teenager to a hostile loner, tortured by chilling memories and prone to fits of rage. Is his aunt really dead?
One of my favorite John Saul books.