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The toll
2019
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Take a road trip into a Southern gothic horror novel.Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177 . . .
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Every thirteen years, someone in Staywater, Georgia disappears. Sometimes huge groups of people would be mysteriously swallowed up by the Okefenokee Swamp, and locals chalked it up to flash floods. Some even whispered about a serial killer. Cousins Daisy and Claire, though, knew there was a creature in the swamp that fed off the souls of the living, and in 1966 they did something about it. They lured the supernatural beast out of the swamp and killed it but that wasn't enough to keep its ghost from feeding. In the present day, a tourist disappears, and the missing woman's husband begins digging for answers, slowly unfolding the mystery of Staywater as he talks to locals. Daisy and Claire are too old to fight, but they arm him with what they know and he sets off for the swamp to save his wife. Priest (The Family Plot, 2016) takes readers on a truly unsettling gothic journey through a rural town haunted by ghosts and secrets, leaving readers suspicious of every character along the way.--Rachel Colias Copyright 2019 Booklist
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