By REGINA M. ANGELI
Jess McConkey has written a tale for the vacationer to pack along with the rest of the gear en route to the summer cottage, "Love Lies Bleeding." (William Morrow, 321 pages)
The story centers around Samantha "Sam" Moore, whose life is shattered by a brutal attack which left her comatose for weeks.
After awakening from the coma, Sam must endure a grueling convalescence. Her family and physician boyfriend send her to a cottage on a lake far away from the Twin Cities where she will continue her physical therapy.
But the seemingly idyllic Elk Horn Lake hides secrets which threaten the fragile Sam Moore. Still reeling from the vicious assault and the myriad of medications she has been forced to take, Sam becomes obsessed with the tale of a mysterious seductress, Blanche.
Even her physical therapist wonders if Sam is losing her mind as she begins to morph into the character of Blanche.
For a decent take on the modern campfire tale of the "haunted cabin on the remote lake chock full of creepy neighbors," the reader might take a peek at Jess McConkey's "Love Lies Bleeding."