The Third Wife of Faraday House

B.R. Myers

William Morrow, 2024

Agent: Jill Marr

The Edgar Award–winning author of A Dreadful Splendor blends mystery and spooky thrills with friendship and romance in this delicious love letter to Gothic fiction, featuring two brides who must band together to unravel the ghostly secrets at the heart of a crumbling island manor. 

'Til death do us part...

November 1816: Restless but naïve Emeline Fitzpatrick is desperate to escape her stifling life in foggy Halifax. Her guardian is lining up repugnant suitors, but Emeline has her eyes set on a handsome lieutenant in the British navy. She just needs to persuade him to propose, or her one chance at happiness will be gone forever.

But when Emeline’s hopes end in scandal, she finds herself with only one suitor left: the wealthy and enigmatic Captain Graves. Having already lost two wives to tragic circumstances, the unfortunate widower is seeking a new companion in his cloistered seaside manor, Faraday House. Or at least that is what Emeline had been told, because when she arrives, she is horrified to discover that the second Mrs. Graves, Georgina, has not yet died.

Emeline is only certain of two things: something ghastly is afoot at Faraday House, and no one is going to save her. She will have to rely on her own courage, her burgeoning bond with the ill but strong-willed Georgina, and the aid of a handsome reverend with a mysterious past to unravel the secrets at the heart of the manor and forge her own destiny.  


“A deliciously chilling gothic mystery with a smart and resourceful heroine, storm-swept island setting, and several broody men to choose from. What more could fans of Jane Eyre and Rebecca want?  B.R. Myers will have you hanging on by your fingernails until the hair-raising and deeply satisfying end.” –Carol Goodman, Two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award winner


"From the book’s compelling first-person narration to its wonderfully wrought plot that neatly walks the line between suspense and romance, Myers’ latest impeccably written book is a marvelous take on the classic gothic. Throw in a spooky old house, a hint of the supernatural, and a spunky heroine faced with two seemingly disparate romantic choices, and you have a bewitching novel that cleverly conjures up the literary spirit of Victoria Holt at her best." Booklist 

"Myers (A Dreadful Splendor) delivers a classic Regency gothic with all the trimmings. Rural Nova Scotia delivers all the requisite atmospheric grimness, and Myers ensures that absolutely nobody can be trusted. This pushes all the right buttons." Publishers Weekly