The Burning

Susan Squires

Age 16 +
18 March 2011
352 pages


Take the journey to an unforgettable place in the heart of darkness and desire . . .

It is 1821, and all who know the beautiful, mysterious Ann Van Helsing believe she is insane. Yet Ann's curse is the deep psychic ability that allows her to know everything about another human being-their history, thoughts, and desires-simply by touching them. Overwhelmed by a power she can barely control, Ann roams the woods and caves near her estate, searching for an elusive peace. Here she encounters the man who will change everything . . .

To atone for an unforgivable transgression against his own kind, vampire Stephen Sincai has become a vigilante who must hunt and kill those whom other vampires have made. When Ann discovers Stephen bleeding in the woods, she reaches to touch him before she can stop herself. In an instant, Ann knows every fiber of Stephen's being-and the knowledge is at once frightening and irresistible. Ann and Stephen are drawn together by a powerful and as they fight against the evil surrounding them, an enemy bent on destroying them will make them choose between what they love and fear the most . . .

'Gripping and unforgettable . . . ' Romantic Times (4 1/2 starred review) on The Companion