Secrets In The Moss
This is Katherine's second novel, and it is inspired by true events. Stimulating and imaginative, it is the work of a creative lady with the knowledge and insight to portray the passions and conflicts arising from the confluence of the primitive delta and the sophisticated southern city lying on its border.
"An ambitious narrative, takes many turns and twists." KIRKUS REVIEW
Katherine B. Rouse
On the Mobile River Delta in Alabama, the lives of a widowed psychiatrist and her neighbor intersect with that of a mysterious and reclusive woman.
Tilley McMillan lives in Mobile with her young son, Jake. Although she has a thriving psychiatry practice and a circle of close friends, she is reluctant to start dating again. Her beauty and compassion do not go unnoticed by her neighbor, James Riverton, a successful mortgage broker. He's attracted to her, but a painful breakup with his fiancée makes him wary of risking rejection. Far from Tilley and James, Cleo Thibodeaux calls the swampy Mobile River Delta home. Raised there by her father after the death of her mother, she spends her days collecting ingredients for poultices that heal wounds and ward off insects. She is mourning a child lost; Cleo's father took her baby, the product of rape, away. Eventually, Tilley and James start dating but their relationship is complicated by his fling with a mentally unstable divorcee named Charlotte Weldridge. When Tilley becomes Charlotte's therapist, she learns unsettling details about James and her patient that she must keep confidential. As Tilley and James discover the extent of Charlotte's instability, a twist of fate brings Cleo into their lives. Rouse weaves together several story lines in her second novel while introducing a compelling cast of characters.