Are you hungry?
Our new chef, Kailani, made lots of food for breakfast this morning. There’s something she calls Greek yogurt panna cotta (whatever that is) and huevos rancheros and fruit salad with honey-lime dressing and cinnamon buns. They’re my favorite.
I know Kailani must be stressed out because when something is bothering her she cooks way more than my family can eat.
I don’t know exactly why she’s upset, but she’s jumpy and she keeps whispering to Liko, my brother’s tutor. I’m not supposed to be listening, but I do. I think they’re whispering about some man who lives near here. I don’t know who he is, though.
And my parents have been fighting again, which is hard on everyone.
I’m Justine Jorgensen. I’m nine years old. My family and I live in a great big house on the Big Island of Hawaii. We moved here from California, but I was only four then so I don’t remember it too well. Hawaii is a pretty cool place to live. The sun almost always shines, and we can see whales in the winter and the island of Maui from our lanai. It’s nice and warm all the time. I wish Marcus (he’s my brother) liked it better here, but he doesn’t have many friends and he wishes we still lived in California.
Kailani grew up on the Big Island, but she went away to school to become a chef. Then she went to work in Washington, D.C. She got sick of the weather there, so that’s why she moved back to the Big Island. I’m happy for her because now she can see her family more often even though she lives in our house. Kailani’s mom must be a good cook, because Kailani says she learned to cook by watching her mother. I like Kailani’s family- they came to visit our house because Kailani had an accident one day while she was out in her kayak. It was a pretty bad accident, and I don’t like to talk about it.
Kailani isn’t the only one who’s stressed out around here, though. Everyone is scared. A friend of my mom’s, Dr. Doug, died here a couple weeks ago and they haven’t found out who killed him. The grown-ups tell us it was just a stranger who wanted to rob us and Dr. Doug interrupted him. I don’t know what to believe. There have been other problems, too. Like I said, my parents have been fighting again. Sometimes they don’t talk to each other and sometimes they only yell at each other. They try to pretend everything is okay, but I know better. So does Marcus. And every so often I hear footsteps at night and I don’t know who’s walking around. I can’t sleep because I’m so scared.
Kailani probably wishes she had never come here to live with us, but I love having her here. Plus, she’s a great cook. I’ll bet she can even make Greek yogurt panna cotta taste good.
House of the Hanging Jade is the author’s third novel, published by Kensington, April 2016.
A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens’ house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .
Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade–an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it’s the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life . . .
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About the author
Amy M. Reade is a cook, chauffeur, household CEO, doctor, laundress, maid, psychiatrist, warden, seer, teacher, pet whisperer, and recovering attorney. In other words, a full-time wife, mother, and writer. She is the author of Secrets of Hallstead House and The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, both works of women’s fiction. House of Hanging Jade is her third novel. She is currently working on the first book in a new series set in the United Kingdom (expected release date in early 2017). She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.
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