In this eerie ghost tale, we're whisked away to an England that isn't quite so jolly as Sara's been lead to believe. Newly minted Lady Sara Darling has just gotten the news of a lifetime; she's inherited a lavish country estate in the south of England. It's no surprise when things aren't all as they seem, and soon they've got all the earmarks of a genuine haunted mansion. Instead of heading for the hills, plucky Sara decides to find out more about the ghostly relative who haunts the halls of Darling Park, invisible to all but her young son Jack. While Jack isn't afraid of the mysterious Lady, Sara is troubled by the tragedy she uncovers in her family's past. With the help of her hilariously self-absorbed friend Joanie, and the charismatic local handyman Will, Sara must hurry to learn the secrets of Darling Park before it's too late.
Author Lisa Olsen does what she does best in Nine Steps to Sara; offering quick, witty dialogue and memorable characters that breathe life into the reality she's spun, weaving the present and the past into a seamless tapestry of fiction. Equal parts romance and spine-chilling ghost story, I found myself shouting at the book, the way I do at the best horror movies, scared to death for Sara and her son.
When single mom Sara Darling inherits an estate in the remote English countryside, she jumps at the chance to become Lady of the Manor. With 8 year old son Jack and best friend Joanie in tow, they explore the nearly deserted mansion, isolated from the rest of the world except for the nearby village where everybody seems to know her business. Distracted by the charming chauffeur, Will, soon Sara never wants to leave her newfound home.
But the eerie manor house is hiding more than a ruined garden and plumbing issues, and it's up to Sara to find out what the loyal staff isn't telling. When Sara finds Jack talking to an empty room, she begins to wonder if she made the right decision uprooting her tiny family as the spooky surroundings fuel her imagination.
Especially when she starts to hear the voice talk back.
Is her ancestor's unnatural attachment to Jack borne of concern or something more sinister? When she discovers the truth, will Sara accept the legacy she's inherited, or run for her life?