Publisher: Parliament House Press
Release Date: August 3, 2021
Cover Artist: Shayne Leighton
Blurb: "The creeping dread of Lovecraftian horror by way of American Horror Story - Tidepool will ensure you never look at the ocean the same way again!" -- Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones
Synopsis: In 1913, Henry Hamilton disappears while on a business trip, and his sister, Sorrow, won’t rest until she finds out what happened to him. Defying her father’s orders to stay home, she travels to Tidepool, the last place Henry is known to have visited.
Tidepool’s a small, run-down ocean town with an oddly large cemetery, and the residents can’t quite meet Sorrow’s eyes when she questions them about Henry. After corpses wash up on shore looking as if they’ve been torn apart by something not quite human, Sorrow’s ready to return to Baltimore and let her father send in the professional detectives.
But then she encounters Mrs. Ada Oliver, a widow whose expensive black silk dresses and elegant manners set her apart from other Tidepool residents. A visit to Mrs. Oliver’s home and a terrifying encounter with the “daughter” Mrs. Oliver keeps in the basement lead to Sorrow’s discovery of Tidepool’s dark secret and her brother’s fate.
Sorrow wants to get justice for Henry, but doing so could doom all the town’s residents. And some denizens of Tidepool—human and otherwise—are hell bent on making sure Sorrow never leaves.
Author Bio: Nicole Willson lives with her husband outside of Washington, DC; this does not mean she wants to talk U.S. politics with you. She has been a frequent visitor to small coastal towns located along the Eastern seaboard but has yet to see anything truly alarming emerge from those waters, much to her disappointment. She’s hopeful that her lifelong aversion to eating fish or seafood might earn her a little mercy when the hungry ocean gods finally start coming ashore. Tidepool is her first novel. Learn more about Nicole and her work at http://www.nicolewillson.com.