As a child growing up by the sea, Martha Mary endured her parents divorce, survived a tragedy that robbed her and her younger sister of their innocence, and she saw ghosts. Now a young adult, she escapes to a gorgeous inland town to study photography and to distance herself from that painful past and from her secret ability. There she impresses fellow students with her haunting images of abandoned landscapes, falls into a passionate love affair with a manipulative professor, and becomes entangled in the case of a young woman who has disappeared, when one Indian summer afternoon the missing woman appears beneath Martha's apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair flecked with ice. Will Martha's gifts leave her terrifyingly alone, or will they lead her to a vital human connection? With nods to Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier, Karen Brown's The Clairvoyants spins an eerie tale, one that thrums with the longings of imperfect people, living and dead, who want to be seen and loved.