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The second novel in the Twisted Ladder series, The Tangled Bridge follows the LeBlanc family as their darkest nature comes to fruition with mystic skills, and they are ostracized from the rest of the world.




A Twisted Ladder is Rhodi Hawk's debut novel about a New Orleans psychologist who discovers a secret that unlocks the greatest possibilities of the mind, while also unleashing its darkest potential.

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What people are saying...
"Eerie and evocative, A Twisted Ladder provides scares and surprises galore."
—Tess Gerritsen, NY Times bestselling author of The Keepsake

"Rhodi Hawk has reshaped Southern Gothic and made it her own. Alternately lyrical and disturbing, majestic and profoundly creepy, A Twisted Ladder sings with an unabashed love of the South even while lifting its rocks to reveal the decay and darkness lurking beneath."
—F. Paul Wilson, Award-Winning author of the Repairman Jack novels, including By the Sword

"Rhodi Hawk's A Twisted Ladder is a phenomenal novel, a thriller with characters that are intriguing and real, a sublime plot, and all the right ingredients. This is a fabulous first book from an author who knows how to tell a story. I see an incredible future for her."
—Heather Graham, NY Times bestselling author of There Be Dragons
"Rhodi Hawk's A Twisted Ladder is a novel of great power, a nasty Southern genre twister with a full dose of dark and light presented to us in fine controlled prose. It has all the great elements of Southern literature, but still manages to be hip and hot underneath those Southern shadows. I haven't been this impressed with a new writer in quite some time."
—Joe R. Lansdale, Award-Winning author of Vanilla Ride
"A Twisted Ladder is a brilliant debut novel by a rising young star. Dark, smart, and ground-breaking-- get in now, so you don't miss out."
—Sarah Langan, Bram Stoker Award Winning author of The Missing

"Rhodi Hawk’s riveting thriller A Twisted Ladder is a lean, mean page-turner that builds with the precision of a literary scalpel. Drenched in southern gothic atmosphere, Hawk’s novel hums with the menace of a swamp crawling with gators. But there’s so much more -- a fascinating bayou history, a wrenching family drama, and even a cutting edge backdrop of brain science that rivals Michael Crichton. Highly recommended!"
Jay Bonansinga, author of Frozen

"A Twisted Ladder is eerily fascinating, suspenseful and psychologically compelling."
Pamela Wallace, Academy Award Winning writer of Witness

"Rhodi Hawk is a fantastic storyteller. Her novel A Twisted Ladder quickly hooks the reader with elements of rich southern imagery and dark suspense. Her characters are real and thoughtful, as is evident in Dr. Madeline Savage's personal journey deep into the potential of the human mind. With a rich storytelling prowess comparable to such writers as John Berendt and Greg Iles, A Twisted Ladder is sure to become a first novel not only worthy of publication, but of award recognition."
Michael Laimo, author of Dead Souls