GIRLS OF BRACKENHILL meets the film OCULUS in a dual-timeline paranormal horror.
As a lonely preteen, Amber ignores her family’s misgivings about the troubled new kid in the neighborhood and forges a turbulent friendship, brief but with lasting consequences.
Twenty-two years later, he resurfaces to kill Amber’s parents.
Amber moves into her childhood home with her husband and kids. All she wants is to put her strained past behind her, move on, and enjoy life. But Amber finds the familiar walls are haunted by more than bitter memories and lockdown anxiety. She loses track of her thoughts in dreamlike trances and her reflection won’t blink. A hateful voice whispers from nowhere and shadows gather with a will of their own. Maybe the stress is crumbling her sanity. Or maybe a spectral presence threatens her family.
Amber Hughes pushed open the front door and forgot herself, standing framed in the threshold, staring into the house in which she’d grown up. The “POLICE LINE” tape she’d seen strung around in the crime scene photos was gone, as was the stain on the hardwood floor. At half past eight in the morning, the sun already shone warm on the back of her neck. Across the street from the house insects buzzed in the trees and undergrowth lining the little creek she’d explored as a girl, somewhere in the distance a dog barked in a friendly sort of way, and the wind whispered through the branches of the tree she had climbed to the top of in her teens. That breeze pushed past her, bringing the powerful scent of the hyacinths growing along the front of the house and freshly mowed grass from a nearby yard, and that was the smell of her childhood.