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Heirs of Darkness (1978) [Novel]
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Why, when it seemed the sensible solution to all her money problems, did Beth still have questions in her mind about going to Covenant Farm? Of course, the fact that the farm was tenanted by a whole tribe of her dead husband's relatives, relatives he had never mentioned or else said were dead, might give anyone pause. And she couldn't know how they would feel about Paul -- her son and Jonathan's, now four years old. After all, for some crazy reason, with Jonathan's father's death, Paul stood to inherit all the family property; he could become, could be, a millionaire when he came of age. Wouldn't the others resent it? Yet the letters that had come from someone called Margaret, Jonathan's grandmother, she thought, seemed so friendly, so welcoming. And you couldn't just turn down all that money, all that security, all that family, not when she needed them so much.

Yet the questions persisted, even after she and Paul arrived at Covenant Farm, met the family: smooth, assured Eva, Jonathan's aunt; Rachel, his shattered, stumbling, somehow blurred mother; Matthew, Eva's warped and alcoholic husband; Carl, Jonathan's body with a retarded mind -- the son of Eva and...; Miles, son of Eva and Matthew, taut, ugly, grasping, hating; and Margaret, senile, yet the clue to what held them all together -- the awful reasons for the Covenant that beth slowly learned would reach out and enfold her, smother her, strangle her -- and warp Paul, if she let it, into a hideous mockery of his beautiful self.

No one had ever really escaped, and Beth was not born to be a fighter. Yet...

Original title: Heirs of Darkness
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young Adult

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