Part supernatural thriller, part psychological horror, Lunden’s elegantly eerie book takes readers on one man’s exhilarating journey as he sets out to investigate the link between his daughter’s year-old disappearance and an old abandoned mansion’s history. As the sheriff of Bulwark, a small town in Georgia, Clay Finnes has seen it all: vandalism, thefts, robberies, and attempted murders. But when a road accident leaves a pair of strangers in a bizarre state, Clay knows there is more to the victims’ accident than it seems on the surface. As he attempts to get to the root of the weird happenings all around the town, he finds himself tumbling down a rabbit hole into a darkland where reality is even stranger than illusion. Compelling in tone, plot, and style, this slender story begins with a veneer of skilled sophistication that belies the horror of malevolence within the Gingerbread House and the evil lurking within it later in the story. Lunden skillfully combines supernatural fiction with the best elements of a gritty thriller, weaving a visceral tale of psychological horror. However, the book’s page-turning pace doesn’t come at the expense of fully fleshed-out, painfully flawed characters: Lunden gracefully balances heart-pounding action with compelling connections between Clay and Jenna, and the secondary cast is equally compelling. This gripping, highly intriguing horror tale makes for a winner.