THE DEAD PENNIES
by Robert Ford
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Pub Date 01 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 26 Oct 2023
Cemetery Dance Publications, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
After leaving an abusive relationship, Abby visits an old friend on her way to her mother’s in Florida. Hayden’s Uncle Jack is renovating a building into high-end apartments in town, and with the lure of living rent-free in a beautiful loft, Abby becomes the caretaker with the entire building all to herself. Abby hears strange sounds in the building. Shadows move as if they’re alive. Led to believe the structure was previously a school, Abby is told by the last living employee of Harper’s Grove that the building used to be a home for the infirm and unwanted children, the Dead Pennies of society, unfit for circulation.
Abby and Hayden search for the cause of the strange events at Harper’s Grove, and find out why the spirits of the dead children won’t sleep until they get vengeance.
But there’s also another evil at play—this one of a human nature. Abby’s ex-boyfriend, Nick, finds out where she has run off to. He won’t stop for anything until she’s back in his clutches, but Nick doesn’t expect to come up against the raging spirits of the Dead Pennies.
"This was a chilling, multifaceted, ghost story. The spine tingling suspense comes from both the living and the dead. There is an unnerving encounter with a strange man before Abby even moves in, but the intricately woven back story of the building's days as a home to unwanted children was both heart-breaking and enraging due to its realistic portrayal of life for the residents of that kind of institution in those days. Robert Ford is now on my short list of must read authors." - Irene Cole, Well Worth A Read