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Michelle and Cliff Stage bought their isolated vacation cabin in the mountains of North Carolina with hopes of repairing their eighteen-year marriage. But when Cliff disappears one night searching for the source of a mysterious light in the woods, Michelle’s life will change in unimaginable ways. After the sheriff’s department fails to find him, Michelle scrambles down the same dark mountainside alone, the strange, beckoning light her only guide.

What she discovers is a cabin, identical to theirs, housing a life she barely recognizes—and a husband she hardly knows. Cliff is a changed man. Now caring and considerate, no longer a manipulative womanizer, he is also missing a finger. He claims that Cassie, their teenage daughter, is dead, killed in a car accident over a year ago. Michelle knows that’s not possible—Cassie had phoned her from Atlanta only hours before. Even when shown Cassie’s grave, Michelle refuses to accept she’s gone.

Michelle wants her daughter and her life back, and the only clue to what has happened is a man named Pink. A real estate agent and the man who years earlier built Michelle and Cliff’s cabin, Pink was rumored to have killed his wife and buried her on the property then vanished never to be seen again. But in Michelle’s new reality, Pink and his wife still reside in town and Pink’s smile-splashed billboards are everywhere. To get back to the world where her daughter exists, Michelle must unravel the mystery of Pink, all the while questioning her very reality—and her sanity. Haunting, atmospheric, and deeply thought-provoking, The Cabin on Souder Hill questions the very nature of our existence and the choices we make to form it.

Print length: ‎ 304 pages



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“A wild ride of suspense and mystique that is thought-provoking and compelling.”— Lisa Renee Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet

“Like an episode of The Twilight Zone set in the Appalachians, Lonnie Busch delivers an exciting, surreal and mind-bending mystery.” — Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes and The Revelators

”Busch has created a character the reader will be touched by and won’t soon forget, and when [Pink Souder] is remembered, it’s with a pang of empathetic regret.”New York Journal of Books

”Busch keeps the mysterious atmosphere thick enough to cut with a knife.”Kirkus Reviews

“Absorbing and compulsively readable, The Cabin on Souder Hill illustrates the power of the mind to overcome the dichotomy of what is rational and what is true.” — William Kowalski, author of Eddie’s Bastard and The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

“Lonnie Busch masterfully captures both the ordinary and the extraordinary in unsentimental, commanding prose in the chilling and atmospheric, The Cabin on Souder Hill.” — Christine Carbo, best-selling author of the award-winning Glacier Mystery Series




Lonnie Busch is an award-winning author whose work has also appeared in Southwest Review, The Minnesota Review, The Baltimore Review and others. His awards include the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize, finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, and the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. He is also a painter, illustrator, animator who has created artwork for many companies including the “Greetings from America” stamps and “Wonders of America” for the USPS.

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