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As death stalks a gothic mansion in Miami, the lives of two women intertwine as the past and present collide in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s atmospheric new novel.
With the Great War finally behind them, many Americans flock to South Florida with their sights set on making a fortune. When wealthy industrialist Robert Barnes and his wife, Anna, build Marbrisa, a glamorous estate on Biscayne Bay, they become the toast of the newly burgeoning society. Anna and Robert appear to have it all, but in a town like Miami, appearances can be deceiving, and one scandal can change everything.
Years later following the tragic death of her parents in Havana, Carmen Acosta journeys to Marbrisa, the grand home of her estranged older sister, Carolina, and her husband, Asher Wyatt. On the surface, the gilded estate looks like paradise, but Carmen quickly learns that nothing at Marbrisa is as it seems. The house has a treacherous legacy, and Carmen’s own life is soon in jeopardy . . . unless she can unravel the secrets buried beneath the mansion’s facade and stop history from repeating itself.
About the Author
Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England, where she earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London, and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
"Chanel Cleeton goes gothic with her latest, and it's a smashing success! The House on Biscayne Bay is a splashy, atmospheric thrill-ride!"
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye
“Reminiscent of Rebecca and Mexican Gothic, Cleeton has spun an eerie, unpredictable tale of secrets in old-world Florida. No one is to be trusted in The House on Biscayne Bay, and Cleeton will leave even the most discerning readers in awe as she reveals twist after twist. Brilliantly done!”
—Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary
"The House on Biscayne Bay has it all – glitz, glamor, and a mesmerizing murder. This haunting tale is gorgeously written and will keep you riveted until the end. Such a fabulous read!"
—Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Librarian Spy
“Chanel Cleeton never disappoints. Her books bring history to life with gorgeous prose, nuanced heroines and enough scandal, mystery and glamour to keep readers turning the pages. The House On Biscayne Bay is a haunting, atmospheric novel about buried secrets and forbidden love. I couldn't put it down.”
—Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
"A mysterious but very glamorous mansion, sensational secrets and a story spanning several decades are the ideal cocktail, and they're mixed to perfection here by a brilliant storyteller. I guarantee you'll race through the pages of this thrilling, gothic tale, while at the same time wanting to linger a little longer amongst the beautiful but haunted people gathered together at the house on Biscayne Bay."
—Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Orphan
“The House on Biscayne Bay shows a new facet of Chanel Cleeton’s talent and I’m utterly enthralled-between the hair-raising character that is the house, the expertly crafted murder mystery, a dash of romance, and quick pace, I couldn’t put it down for a moment. Brilliantly done!”
—Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author of Portrait of a Scotsman
“Lush, evocative, and shimmering with Gothic eeriness, The House on Biscayne Bay is a riveting page-turner with two dynamic women at its core. Chanel Cleeton’s marvelous writing drew me in from the first page and kept me riveted to the last. Unputdownable!”
—Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Belle of Belgrave Square
"I devoured this lush, propulsive, and twisty gothic in one sitting. The House on Biscayne Bay is an atmospheric and haunting tale with deliciously tense scenes and superbly delivered surprises. With Chanel Cleeton's expertly rendered historical detail and evocative imagery this haunting and atmospheric novel is the perfect read."
—Adriana Herrera, USA Today bestselling author of An Island Princess Starts a Scandal
Praise for the novels of Chanel Cleeton
“A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice.”
“A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations.”
“Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it's always worth the risk.”
“A thrilling story about love, loss, and what we will do to go home again. Utterly unputdownable.”
“A remarkable writer”
—The Washington Post
“You won't be able to put this one down.”
“With rich historical detail, incisive dialogue and a firebrand heroine, Cleeton paints a vivid portrait of a woman caught in the currents of a turbulent time yet determined to make her own way.”
“An exhilarating read with a fearless heroine.”
“Has sex, drama, suspense…and pairs perfectly with a mojito.”
“This Cuban-set historical novel is just what you need to get that ~extra-summery~ feeling”
“The Ultimate Beach Read”
“Historical fiction fans will love this novel and its perfectly detailed descriptions of a long-gone era. This is another slam-dunk from Cleeton.”
—Library Journal (starred review)