Melissa Eskue Ousley – Pitcher Plant: a Pacific Northwest Suspense

Melissa Eskue Ousley is an award-winning author who lives on the Oregon coast. Her latest is a suspense tale set on the Oregon Coast near Seaside. It’s called Pitcher Plant and it was described as “a fun read that combines a classic haunted house story with romance and a very creepy serial killer.” 

Here is how she describes herself on her website:

I live on the Oregon coast with my family, a neurotic dog, and a piranha. I write fantasy and suspense novels, often inspired by our gorgeous forests and beaches. I love ghost stories and folklore, so there’s usually a paranormal twist in my books.

When I’m not writing, I can be found on the beach, looking for sand dollars or building a driftwood fort with my twin boys. I love marine biology and have been known to nerd out over tide pools. I’m a huge fan of sharks and recently dove with some, the biggest being a ten-foot-long sand tiger. I also love to swim, hike, kayak, and paint.

I’ve had a number of jobs, from spending a summer scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway to getting my Ph.D. and working in higher education, helping students obtain a college education. I also teach writing and publishing workshops.

In addition to writing novels, I edit for Barking Rain Press and contribute articles to

The novel is called Pitcher Plant because it’s a nice metaphor for part of the story in that a pitcher plant lures flies in with sweetness at its lip, and as they go in further they slip into a pool of water and drown whereupon they are consumed by the plant. 

Book features Tawny Ellis, her husband Mark and their two girls, Sara who is 7 and Sophie who is 5 They’ve just moved to the coast where he is working as a teacher. They buy a real fixer-upper 1909 vintage. But the house has some secrets…

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