by Lucius Shepard
Review by Cathy Green
Night Shade Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781597800730
Date: 15 April 2007 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Softspoken, the new southern gothic novel from Lucius Shepard opens with Sanie Bullard, wallowing in boredom, sipping a Diet Coke, and staring at the out of date farm supplies company calendar on the refrigerator. Then she hears what we later learn is the Bullard family ghost. From official release/information:
Book Description: A chilling and mysterious voice becomes audible to Sanie shortly after she and her husband Jackson move into the decaying antebellum mansion that is the Bullard ancestral home in rural South Carolina. At first, she wonders if the voice might be a prank played by Jackson's peyote-popping brother Will or his equally off-kilter sister Louise. But soon Sanie discovers that the ghostly voice is merely a single piece in the decadent, baroque puzzle that comprises the Bullard family history rank with sensuality, violence, repression and madness.
(Source: Night Shade Books)