Magician Valentine Hill always introduces her act by announcing “Reality is an illusion. Illusion is reality, and nothing is what it seems.” When Valentine is reunited with her grifter mother, “nothing is what it seems” becomes true in real life. A wealthy socialite turns out to be a ruthless criminal, a car mechanic a psycho killer, and a cab driver a seductive gangster. When an FBI agent who’d befriended her is killed, Valentine takes on the hated role of a con artist to get evidence to put the criminals away. Will her skills as a magician prove enough to help her maintain the illusion?
The moral decay festering beneath the golden surface of the most beloved family in the small town of Monroeville, Missouri, leads to murder.
The murder victim, Jim Harris, the head of the “golden” family, is a man without an enemy in the world. His murder was witnessed by his daughter, the title character, Jennifer, but she is suffering post traumatic stress disorder and cannot recall who did it. She is also found to be suffering Multiple Personality Disorder and is in danger of succumbing to madness or even death.
A maverick psychiatrist is brought in to treat her and he gambles everything on one high-risk roll of the dice to to cure her and discover the identity of the murderer.
Detective Elliott “Eli” Robinson and his new partner, Ava Aguilar, are baffled by a series of brutal murders happening in their fair city. No evidence, no eyewitnesses…only mutilated corpses with missing internal organs.
When Eli and Ava stumble upon evidence of similar gruesome crimes around the globe, they realize there is more to the murders, but the answers continue to elude them. In a race against time, Eli and Ava must figure out who is behind the killings and stop them before more people die.
But the answers will take them out of their comfort zone and into the realm of the fantastic: another world with a different set of rules, and a leader who has no qualms about killing.
On the fourth Thursday of November, without fail, families across the United States gather for Thanksgiving. Attendance is mandatory, whether or not you want to be there.
Thanksgiving at the Harwood residence looks like a happy affair, all overseen by the sharp eyes of Granny Harwood. To an outsider, the wealthy Harwood family is a tight-knit group with few disputes and a strong commitment to family. Nothing could spoil this special time.
Nothing, that is, except for Uncle Victor dropping dead at the dinner table.
When it becomes clear that Victor has been poisoned, old wounds and grudges threaten to tear the Harwoods apart.
So who killed Uncle Victor? Was it John James, who has never thought much of his sister Victoria’s husband? Could it be Victoria, who suspects her husband once had an affair with her brother’s long-dead wife? Or perhaps Granny, who would do anything to protect the Harwood family legacy?
A satiric examination of family dynamics, House of Harwood strips away one family’s carefully constructed image, revealing the deception, anger, and resentment bubbling just beneath the veneer of normalcy.