KINDRED 19, psychological suspense complete at 84,000 words:
Reinventing life in Kindred, CA, a town whose population of nineteen has inexplicably never changed, Mason and Olivia Alexander are thrown into a battle between logic and superstition when it’s discovered she’s pregnant and terrifying things start happening. Think Liane Moriarity meets M. Knight Shyamalan.
Olivia and Mason Alexander are unable to procreate. She’s mourning the loss of her mother. The chaos of San Francisco has worn thin and they’re desperate for a new landscape. They find their dream house in Kindred, California, a town whose population of nineteen has never changed, and, dismissing initial wariness, make the leap. When it’s discovered she’s almost miraculously pregnant, the move feels destined… until terrifying things start happening to Olivia.
She’s run off the road; there’s a break-in, violent, threatening messages. New friends minimize the encounters, a doubting Mason thinks it’s hormones; she’s left isolated and confused. But when shocking information about her local doctor is uncovered, the truth behind the threats—and Kindred’s strangely static population—is revealed, forcing Olivia, a modern women of the 21st century, to either believe a historical curse has been triggered, demanding she flee to save her life, or reject it and stay… but at what potential cost?
Positing whether malevolent forces are at work or just the delusional power of inherited groupthink, KINDRED 19, which has been edited, beta read, and critiqued, would sit nicely on shelves between Camilla Sten’s The Lost Village and Jess Lourey’s Bloodline.
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