The Rosalyn Letters
"Edgar AllAn Poe’s 'The Raven' meets Nancy Drew’s dream diary"
What would happen if you dreamed about a violent, supernatural transgression and the next day learned that some version of it had come true? The Rosalyn Letters is an epistolary thriller that keeps you guessing: what is real, what is imagined, and which is worth abiding?
It’s April of 1997 in Erie, Pennsylvania and an unsolved crime has just shattered Rosalyn’s life. To cope with her heartache, she begins writing a series of private letters to Nova in her journal, where she confides a shameful secret about the night before it happened. In her anguish, Rosalyn recounts the recent dreams that still haunt her, recording them as poems, just as her grandmother had taught her as a young girl. But after she moves to New York City and her letters progress, Rosalyn begins to realize that her dreams are delivering her a series of clues that might be giving her the answers no one else could.
On one level, The Rosalyn Letters is both a suspenseful crime mystery and the introspective story of a young woman’s struggle with great personal loss. But on another level, it’s a coming of age story—a meditation on the meaning of the past, present, and future, and the universe of truth perhaps just outside our immediate understanding, but never outside our reach.
1. Dead Moon
Rosalyn confides in Nova about her struggles following a heinous crime and confesses a shameful secret about the night before it happened.
2. The Tortoise and the Cobra
In the wake of her sorrow, Rosalyn drifts back into memories and stories from her childhood, and grapples with a strange impulse delivered in the form of a dream.
3. One Song
Rosalyn confronts Detective Singer for more answers and comes face to face with the horrific details of the crime. Soon after, a mystical experience opens her perspective.
4. The Door with the Face
Left to her thoughts, Rosalyn reminisces about the future she and Nova had once imagined for themselves and starts to revise her understanding of reality as she considers leaving Erie.
5. Two Lions
Rosalyn writes Nova from New York City where she has decided to move without so much as a plan or a place to stay. All she knows is where she needs to be the next morning.
6. A Ghost's Song
Rosalyn finds her new home by following a mysterious tip that seems too good to be true and tries to make sense of the strange new ways her reality and her dreams seem to be converging.
7. Past House
Without a way to support herself, Rosalyn takes a new job at an eccentric private library run by three sisters. Here she meets Asher, and she is immediately drawn to both him and his past.
8. The Laws of Physics
Rosalyn explores the reasons behind her newfound interest in Asher. Despite her new distractions, Rosalyn’s thoughts return to Detective Singer and she wonders where things stand with the investigation.
9. The Egret
Asher and Rosalyn leave New York on a whim. While away, Rosalyn has a disturbing dream which seems to deliver a pivotal clue about the crime that destroyed her life.
10. Memento Mori
Tension builds between Asher and Rosalyn as they become closer, even as she continues to keep what happened back in Erie a secret. At the same time she seems to be gathering more clues about what took place that fateful night.
11. Everything You Need to Know
In Asher’s company, Rosalyn’s dreams grow more vivid and disturbing. Could she somehow have access to details that not even Detective Singer could possibly know?
12. Tooth Collector
Rosalyn becomes obsessed with analyzing her clues, using her workplace as her own personal research facility. Is her new preoccupation driving her and Asher apart? Her dreams are only becoming more wild.
13. The Removable Leg
Trapped between her dream world and reality, Rosalyn begins to distance herself from Asher. One night she wanders New York City and accidentally falls asleep on a bench. When she awakes she is one step closer.
14. The Workshop
Asher confronts Rosalyn about her behavior and disappears without an explanation. Things get worse as an uninvited guest comes asking for Rosalyn, but Rosalyn is too busy with a new shocking realization.
15. Poacher's Prize
Rosalyn hatches a far-fetched plan to find out if her hypothesis is true, but in order to pull it off, she’ll need help from someone she can trust.
16. Another Nova
Rosalyn makes a trip to a secluded compound deep in the woods of New Jersey in search of reconnaissance. But just as quickly as things have come together, they seem to be falling apart with a discovery that changes everything.
In a moment of clarity, Rosalyn comes to terms with what she knows she must do, even when it’s the most terrifying outcome she could imagine.