Here's the description from the back of the book:
The imagery in A Twisted Ladder conjures realistic snapshopts of the bayou, both antebellum and prohibition-era Louisiana, and post-Katrina New Orleans. I'm not an Anne Rice fan, but I hear she's an influence on Hawk's writing (and other reviewers claim that Rice fans will be Hawk fans).
Psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc has spent her whole career trying to determine the cause of her father's schizophrenia. She always felt that if she could unravel the disease's origins, she could cure the man who left her and her brother, Marc, to practically raise themselves on the Louisiana Bayou. When Marc takes his own life, Madeleine embarks on a shocking journey into her family's history--fraught with dark secrets, conjured demons, and a powerful relative who puts Madeleine's own life and property in peril. The only way she can save herself is to face the ghosts of the past, the dangers of the present, and the twisted ladder that links them all together.
I recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers, well-written scifi, magic realism, and Southern gothicism. People who are interested in the human brain and its mysterious functioning will also have a great adventure with A Twisted Ladder.
UPDATE: Thanks to the four folks who gave interesting and intricate answers to my question! I used a random number generator to determine the winner. Congratulations to Katie B.! Katie, I'll contact you personally to get your mailing address. Hope you enjoy this autographed copy of A Twisted Ladder.
(Thanks to Rhodi Hawk and her publishers for giving me a free copy at SIBA two weeks ago.)