Emily Durham appears to have it all—an accomplished, hard-working husband named Alex, three beautiful young children, and a lovely old home in the wilds of South Dakota after a move six weeks ago from her native Mississippi.
What’s missing, though, is warmth. The mind-numbing winter cold and the bleak, desolate surroundings underscore the growing disconnect between Emily and Alex, a rising executive with a cutting-edge IT firm. A young mom, she’s now a thousand miles from home and isolated in a strange, barren land where she knows no one.
So it’s disconcerting when she sees—or thinks she sees—a young girl in a yellow dress in her home on an especially frigid afternoon just before Alex arrives from work. This coincides with the news that her estranged father has passed away, and when Emily returns to the Ross Barnett Reservoir area of Madison County, her world turns upside down when she’s not only visited at the wake by an old boyfriend, but the young girl in the yellow dress makes another appearance—and causes a car crash.
Once back in South Dakota, the chill between Emily and Alex becomes more pronounced. When she finally begins to question her sanity, it’s time to do some digging into this mysterious cutting-edge technological enterprise—and Alex’s somewhat spooky business partner. Suddenly Emily doesn’t know who to trust, including M.A. Klugh, M.A., the enigmatic detective she hires.
A tightly-written, haunting tale of just how far enterprising scientists are willing to take their highly-secretive mind-control experiments, Mississippi author Janet Brown’s DEADLY VISITS explores the concept of good and evil through a technological medium that wouldn’t have been possible even a few short years ago. You’ll never look at your cell phone again the same way …
“Tune into the mind-numbing freakiness that arrives with Deadly Visits. Brown’s sci-fi thriller is short and deadly and will definitely keep you up at night.”
—J.C. Patterson, The Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS)
“Just when you thought you’d seen every possible suspense plot, along comes Deadly Visits—a tale that’s part ghost story, and part high-tech thriller.”
—John M. Floyd, Edgar nominee and four-time Derringer Award winner
“With Deadly Visits … Brown writes wonderfully and at crucial points most disturbingly. This novel, with its heroine Emily and its detective M.A. Klugh, M.A., grips us and won’t let go.”
—Gerald Duff, author of Nashville Burning and Playing Custer