Join us for book club this month as we read The Villa by Rachel Hawkins, the bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs, returns with a brilliant new gothic suspense set at an Italian villa with a dark history. Join us in person at the new location – Arborlawn UMC, 5001 Briarhaven, Fort Worth, 76109, Room 224 – Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. We also offer a virtual option.
As kids, Emily and Chess were inseparable. But by their 30s, their bond has been strained by the demands of their adult lives. So when Chess suggests a girl’s trip to Italy, Emily jumps to reconnect with her best friend.
Villa Aestas in Orvieto is a high-end holiday home now, but in 1974, it was known as Villa Rosato and rented for the summer by a notorious rock star, Noel Gordon. To reignite his creative spark, Noel invites up-and-coming musician Pierce Sheldon to join him, along with Pierce’s girlfriend Mari and her stepsister Lara. But he also sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Mari writing one of the greatest horror novels of all time, Lara composing a platinum album––and ends in Pierce’s brutal murder.
As Emily digs into the villa’s complicated history, she begins to think there might be more to the story of that fateful summer in 1974. Perhaps Pierce’s murder wasn’t just a tale of sex, drugs, and rock & roll gone wrong, but something more sinister might have occurred––and there might be clues hidden in the now-iconic works that Mari and Lara left behind.
Yet the closer that Emily gets to the truth, the more tension she feels developing between her and Chess. As secrets from the past come to light, equally dangerous betrayals from the present also emerge––and it begins to look like the villa will claim another victim before the summer ends.
Inspired by Fleetwood Mac, the Manson murders, and the infamous summer Percy and Mary Shelley spent with Lord Byron at a Lake Geneva castle––the birthplace of Frankenstein––The Villa welcomes you into its deadly legacy.
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