Arlen Wagner has seen it in men before - a trace of smoke in their eyes that promises imminent death.
He is never wrong. When Arlen and his young companion Paul Brickhill are stranded at the Cypress House with a hurricane approaching, Paul won't abandon the boarding house's enigmatic mistress Rebecca to face the storm alone. But Arlen's gift warns him that if they stay too long, they may never leave.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/09/2011
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780340998274
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Review by bohemiangirl35
Arlen Wagner is riding the train with dozens of other veterans headed to the Florida Keys for work building a bridge. As the train approaches a rest stop, Arlen has a premonition that every man on the train will die. He tries to get them all to stay at the stop and avoid death, but the men deride him and continue their journey, except for Paul Brickhill, the youngest and only non-vet on the trip.The pair is taking the long walk to the only place with rooms for rent, when they are offered a ride. Arlen is suspicious of this Good Samaritan when he takes them on a detour and it's obvious he's up to no good. But then the Samaritan is killed and he and Paul are trapped in this isolated roadhouse during a major hurricane. What exactly is going on at Cypress House and will Arlen and Paul be able to get away?Robert Petkoff does a good job with narration.