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Rosaura Douglas's father shot himself after her mother left him . . . or at least that's the story everyone is telling. Now her mother has remarried and Rosie is trapped in "The Cake House," a garish pink edifice in the hills of Los Angeles that's a far cry from the cramped apartment where she grew up. It's also the house where her father died—a fact that everyone else who lives there, including her mother, Dahlia, and her mysteriously wealthy stepfather, Claude, want to forget.
Soon, however, her father's ghost appears, sometimes in a dark window, sometimes in the house’s lush garden, but always with warnings that Claude is not to be trusted. And as the ghost becomes increasingly violent—and the secrets of her family’s past come to light—Rosie must finally face the truth behind the losses and lies that have torn her life apart.
This is one of those books that sneaks up on you. The premise sounds interesting, you think its primarily about a family's dysfunction, and you start reading it, not sure if you will make it through the whole book, and then all of a sudden, you can NOT put it down! It is the proverbial crazy train wreck about to happen, and you just can't look away (or read away!). The astute reader can see what is coming, but Salom gives so many minute twists and turns, that the reader starts second guessing themselves and what is going to happen to Rosaura. And then when the train wreck occurs, she saves one more major twist for the end. The story is a tale of loss, redemption and false fronts, so much more than just typical dysfunction, and it is one that will stay with you, long after you finish reading it! I HIGHLY recommend it!
About the Author:
Latifah Salom was born in Hollywood, California to parents of Peruvian and Mexican descent. As a teenager she attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and she holds degrees from Emerson College, Hunter College, and from the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing program. She currently lives in Los Angeles.