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A murder investigation becomes a dance with the devil in a breakthrough novel of illusion, conspiracy, and belief.
The alumni of an international boarding school have gathered at a campground in rural New Jersey when a scream breaks the silence of the woods. Classmates are shocked to find journalist Angie Osborne suddenly dead. The medical examiner’s report isn’t what anyone expects. Oddly, the death scene reminds anthropologist Duncan McCloud of a thovile, a Sri Lankan ritual he’s spent years studying.
When Duncan’s new employer, a pharmaceutical giant, sends him overseas under shadowy pretenses, and his wife, Dr. Grace McCloud, starts to receive anonymous warnings to doubt everyone and everything, the threads of a sweeping conspiracy begin to unravel. Risking more than their own lives, Duncan and Grace embark on a treacherous journey through occult ceremonies and their own hidden pasts to discover a secret worth killing for.
In taut, precise language, Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer’s debut novel The Mask Collectors tells a story about deception, the power of belief, and what is left unspoken between husbands and wives.
A Note From the Publisher
“In The Mask Collectors, Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer brilliantly connects traditional Sri Lankan exorcism ceremonies, a sinister pharmaceutical company, mysterious deaths, infertility struggles, and the tensions within a marriage into a sophisticated and utterly unique thriller. I have never read a book quite like this very special one—it kept my heart racing right up until its powerful and satisfying end.” —Caroline Woods, author of Fräulein M.
“Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer’s The Mask Collectors is a fascinating culture-clashing tale of superstition and human desire, of evil and corporate intrigue. A mind-blowing premise artfully transformed into a veritable feast of suspense.” —Anjanette Delgado, award-winning author of The Heartbreak Pill and The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho