A string of kidnappings has the village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, on edge.
Longtime resident Edgar August thinks he knows who's behind them.
Edgar has a secret. In his spare time, he enjoys looking into his neighbors' windows, observing their private lives and spreading gossip. The old doctor who lives behind him has been acting strangely as of late, and witnessing his erratic behaviors over the course of weeks, Edgar begins to suspect that the retired physician, Marcel Dubois, is the kidnapper.
As his snooping gets more invasive, Edgar becomes convinced that his neighbor is up to something.
But that something, it turns out, is more horrifying than a mere kidnapping.
The Withering is the third novel in the House of Souls series.