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She is the widow of a British national treasure, Vivian Stanshall, who dreamed her name was Ki. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. Her first book, "China Blues," now republished, was the subject of a bidding war. When Vivian died, Ki stopped writing.
Eventually Ki began writing again. Ki's second book about personal divinity is "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored woman of towering intellect who searched through that intellect for what Mary Magdalene knew in her heart.
Houdini Heart. Ki Longfellow. Once caught in its pages, there's no escaping Longfellow's terrible tale. Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood's biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars. The doting mother of their golden child. But now? She's alone, tortured by a horrifying secret no woman could bear. Pursued by those she can't outrun, anguished by a guilt she can't endure, and driven close to madness, she flees to the one place she's ever called home: a small town in Vermont where River House still stands.
To a child, the splendid hotel was mysterious and magical and all its glamorous guests knew delicious secrets. Cocooned in its walls, she will write one last book.
Her atonement? Or her suicide note? But life is never as you dream it, and River House isn't what she'd always imagined it was. Intense, literary, and harrowing, Houdini Heart is a tale of bone-chilling horror, emotional torment, and psychological terror. Gripped by River House, trapped in an aging hotel of mirrors only Houdini could escape, how much can haunt a mind before it too is only a thing once imagined?
Book Review: Houdini Heart, by Ki Longfellow
I've always loved Noir film and books. I've always loved mysteries. I believe Raymond Chandler is a great American writer. I had to wind up writing mysteries.
Houdini Heart by Ki Longfellow. Also, unlike many of the works which the narrator discusses, and which the author evokes within the book, it did not scare me. I could see every nail as the author hammered it into the board, and much of it felt contrived and overworked. I felt outside the story, consistently, except when the narrator spoke of her family and her life prior to her tenancy at River House. The main story is about a novelist and screenwriter whose name we never learn, who returns to the town of her childhood and takes up residence in the once-grand-now-dilapidated River House, to live out what we are told from the start will be her final days.
Houdini Heart A novel by Ki Longfellow. Once caught in its pages, there's no escaping Longfellow's terrible tale. Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood's biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars. The doting mother of their golden child. But now?