Chosen as RAVE AWARDS 2015 BOOK OF THE YEAR!
Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Haunting Megan Book Trailer produced by JohnReilly.net. Musical recording of “After You’ve Gone” Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.
After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Megan wakes to screams, cries of murder, and the room splattered with blood. Sent to the mountains to live with the grandfather who’d once abandoned them, Megan must learn to care for her young sisters and manage Wind Hollow Lodge. Megan tries to ignore the haunting memories of her past as she struggles to live a normal life. But she can’t ignore the ghosts who terrorize her, nor can she calm the fear that her sanity is slipping away. When deputies discover the bodies of men murdered on Wind Hollow land, people start to wonder just how crazy Megan Wilson really is.
The investigation at Wind Hollow Lodge is just another case to Deputy Jason Belt—until he sees Megan. Drawn to her beauty and her wounded spirit, his oath to protect and serve takes on new meaning. But why did she lie to him? What does she have to hide?
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/HauntMegBN
*****Wow! I loved this book! Ghost stories are not usually my thing, but this is more a story about a young girl broken by tragedy. The spooky elements are fun and surprisingly believable. The murder mystery and the romance take Haunting Megan over the top. Rebecca Reilly’s voice and writing style is similar to Nora Roberts. Highly recommend!
****I’m resisting the temptation to go to five stars with this review, possibly because I think I ought to be generous, as I’m so NOT a mystery/thriller fan… I really enjoyed this book because it’s brave about it’s core subject matter (child abuse and deeply dysfunctional families) and really well-written, with a superb sense of place, whether that’s in the pristine wintry mountains, or the squalid home where Megan’s older sister and surrogate mom gets knifed to death.
*****I would like to disclose that I won a copy of this book, and have had it in my stack of books to read for a while now. Shame on me! This was a fabulous, could not put it down, gut clenching awesome roller coaster ride that kept me turning pages right up until the last page. This author has a fabulous gift of writing a story, that seemed implausible with child abuse, ghosts, murders woven into a single tale but from the get go will grab the reader and not let go. Wonderful book and would highly recommend to romantic suspense or mystery readers alike looking for their next great book!
*****There’s something in this book for everyone with a touch of the paranormal (the haunting sequences are well up to Stephen King standards!), police procedurals, detective work, serial killers and angsty YA tribulations as we follow Megan and, to some extent, her 2 younger twin sisters, growing up way too quickly. I think it’s this miasma of sub-genres that, in the end, began to irritate me slightly, despite their being handled really well? Like I said – thrillers aren’t my preference and I’d be lying if I said that I loved this novel simply because of the great writing because, in the end, my heartstrings kind of got tired of being pulled… I WOULD recommend Haunting Megan highly to any one who enjoys tautly written, emotionally insightful and cerebral murder mysteries that don’t pull any punches. Ms. Reilly never steps over the line into gratuitous horror – it’s very finely-tuned indeed and, for that reason, I’m more than happy to award a very high 4 stars.
*****I just finished Haunting Megan! I could not put it down! I just spent my Sunday afternoon buried in the story. I loved it!! Can’t wait for the next one!
*****I was hooked after the first chapter, even though it is gut wrenching because woven in the words is truth…..emotional and physical pain.
A Word from Rebecca Reilly
Just before my seventeenth birthday, I woke to my mother standing above me with a chef’s knife raised and ready to plunge. I screamed. She lowered the knife and walked out of my bedroom without saying a word.
It wasn’t the first time she’d raised a weapon, or her fists, against me. No, never when she was sober. But sobriety and my mother didn’t often meet.
I moved out the next morning and spent the rest of my senior year of high school sleeping on my best friend’s floor.
Abuse warps, twists and changes the inner child into something different, not less, than who that child was created to be. Without love, support, healing, and letting go of the pain and bitterness, the twisting can destroy.
But with love, support, healing, and letting go, the twisting spurs growth and strength. I was blessed. My neighbor cared for me, my friend gave me a place to sleep, my drive got me through college, my husband proved to me I was worthy to be loved, and I found a passage of scripture (Psalm 139) that gave me hope.
There were times I had to force myself to take the next step. I transferred colleges because I started drinking too much and realized I was following my mother’s path. I wrote my blessings and my strengths down in a journal when I felt humiliated and worthless. I focused on the future when I was tempted to bury myself in the past.
It took people to build me up from the outside, and discipline and faith to build up my soul.
My latest book, Haunting Megan, begins in my teenage home; the opening chapters are autobiographical. Writing them was therapy for me. Reading them provided therapy for my siblings. Much of my heroine’s inner doubts and struggles were mine. As were her victories.
The ghosts and murders are just for fun.
Join my email newsletter subscribers and receive exclusive content, private Q&As, giveaways, and more. No spam, ever. Just great stuff!