Sarah Beth Martin
Sarah Beth Martin is the author of IN THE VANISHING HOUR and THE ONE TRUE OCEAN, which were published in the U.S. and Germany. Sarah’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Cicada, Pearl, West Wind Review, animus, Barbaric Yawp, Women Writers, Women's Books, and the upcoming Vine Leaves Press and Flash Fiction Magazine. She lives in coastal Maine, where she is wrapping up her third novel.
In the Vanishing Hour
Massachusetts, 1959: Frances Adams lives in the shadow of her brother, who drowned when she was twelve. At her window dresser job, she befriends model Gwen, whose resemblance to Frances inspires her to reinvent herself. Days later, Gwen vanishes into the river, and Frances becomes obsessed with her memory. She transforms herself into Gwen’s likeness and feels an identity she has not felt before.
An investigation begins, and the police question three young men. Frances and friend Iris follow them to the local riverside park, where one of the men—the suspicious Harris—mistakes Frances for Gwen. Intrigued by the idea of haunting him, she continues her secret pursuit, immersing herself in the case. As the mystery unravels, shocking revelations about its connection to a long-past family tragedy come to the surface.
Set in the haunting atmosphere of 1950s and 1970s New England, IN THE VANISHING HOUR weaves suspense and mystery into a story about loss, identity, and secrets best left untold.
The One True Ocean
After the tragic loss of her husband, Jenna McGarry longs for an escape from her grief. When a mystery surrounding her aunt's long-past death surfaces, she decides to move back to her childhood home in Maine, where her mother and aunt also grew up.
In a search for answers to her aunt's death and her own identity, Jenna discovers the house holds dark secrets that will unravel her family history and shatter the truth she has come to believe.
Set in the lush backdrop of coastal Maine, The One True Ocean blends dark psychology with suspenseful storytelling to explore the deep connections between past and present, love and loss, the dead and the living.