Birdwatcher 2 is the sequel to the 2022 novel of the popular American horror multimedia franchise, centered on a short TV program Birdwatcher (2019), created by Ann Greyson, that includes cinematic book trailers, and collectible, story-driven images. The 2024 novel explores the demonic possession of the spirit of Abigail Wincoff and a Jesuit priest, Claude Bonanni, who is recruited by Gillian Wincoff to exercise the demon haunting a cabin in the Poconos. Part thriller and part ghost story, this novel has past tense writing, short (five-or-six-page) chapters, and third-person point-of-viewpoints.
April 2017. When preparing the cabin on Wagon Trail Road in East Stroudsburg for visiting tourists, the demon rouses the spirit of Abigail Wincoff to project spiritual images terrorizing the new owner Max Sayers. He ends up in an accident caused by the demons that lands him in a hospital.
Joey Marks is in the best spirits since plotting and carrying out a murder in the Adirondacks. That is until Detective Philip Silverwood, from the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, and a team of local police officers show up asking questions about Marks at his winery workplace in the Napa Valley of California. Marks gives the police the slip and goes to his bank to retrieve cash and fake ID from his safe-deposit box. He then stops off at a library, where he accesses a computer. He searches the Internet to learn about the investigation of the girl he killed in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He learns her name is Abigail Wincoff and that her body was found buried under a rental cabin. His only conclusion is that Estelle Rowland, the pesky, odd-looking waitress at the Victoria Station of The Stroud Inn, the only one who noticed him, reported him watching Abigail at the restaurant to the police.
Gillian Wincoff returns to the Poconos to visit and thank Andy Kirkman, the former Monroe County Sheriff, for his work on the case of her murdered daughter. Before leaving the Poconos, she visits the cabin on Wagon Trail Road, where Abby’s body had been found and immediately feels a strange presence there. She hears the soft singing of "Little Bunny Foo Foo," her daughter’s last favorite song to sing. When she looks up, she sees the figure of a girl in the attic window. As if in a trance, Gillian can’t turn away from the red eyes of the ghostlike entity. Then Gillian cries and runs away in fear.
Now, Gillian is extending her stay in the Poconos and is determined to get to the bottom of it all. She contacts the Clean As A Whistle agency and gets information on Max Sayers, the owner of the cabin. Gillian visits him in the hospital. Sayers is in a hospital bed recuperating from his injuries and tells her to stay away from the cabin because there are demons there. Next, Gillian visits Millie Dozier, the maid the agency sent to clean that cabin. A skeptical Dozier tells Gillian that indeed she felt the presence of a spirit at the cabin, is too terrified to return there, and wants no part in it.
Detective Philip Silverwood and a team of local police officers search Joey Marks’ last known residence in California. Evidence is found linking Marks to the murder of three girls, but nothing links him to the killing of Abigail Wincoff. The police also find newspaper articles printed from the Internet about the cold case murder of Randee Rae Devereux solved by the former Monroe County Sheriff Andy Kirkman. Suspicions arise as to who Joey Marks really is.
Living on the run, Joey Marks has died his hair blond, stolen an SUV, and has returned to the Poconos for revenge. His angst is in overdrive as he stalks Estelle Rowland, waiting in the parking lot of Victoria Station, and following her to her home. In the dark of night, Estelle exits her car in the parking lot near her trailer, and Marks grabs her from behind, intent on killing her. In the struggle, Estelle’s black horn-rimmed glasses fall from her face to the ground as she pulls the diamond-studded hair stick from the top of her head, and then stabs him in the hand with it. Weird that he is, childhood memories of being bullied surface as Marks is not used to women fighting back. He insults Estelle and cowardly runs off. Unfortunately, Estelle can’t identify her attacker to the police because it was too dark, in addition to her being near-sighted.
Gillian drives to the first Catholic Church she sees in Stroudsburg. There, she finds Claude Bonanni, and informs him about the demon presence in the cabin. And she worries that the immortality of her daughter’s spirit may be in jeopardy.
Before fleeing to Canada, Joey Marks decides to visit the cabin on Wagon Trail Road for nostalgia. He sees a little girl in the attic window. Then the front door of the cabin mysteriously opens on its own. The astral projection of Abigail Wincoff is lying on the floor of the living room. Marks approaches and the demon appears in full vigor. Marks takes backward steps to the basement door to escape, and the demon pushes him down the steps, breaking his neck. He is lying on the floor at the foot of the steps, slowly dying.
Shortly thereafter, Gillian Wincoff arrives at the cabin and sees the demon floating in the air above the body of Joey Marks on the basement floor. She pleads with the demon to release Abby’s spirit. Sensing the arrival of Claude Bonanni, the demon retreats, releases the spirit of Abigail Wincoff, and takes over the spirit of Joey Marks, just as he dies. The glowing portal to heaven light beam appears and Gillian convinces Abby to go to the light, telling her that one day she’ll be with Abby there, in a happier place.
Five minutes later, Bonanni arrives at the cabin, tossing around holy water as he walks through the front door. Upon seeing Gillian, she tells him all that transpired, and he calls the police. Because Bonanni does not feel the presence of the demon, believing the spirit has gone to another realm, he and Gillian agree not to mention anything about evil spirits to the police. Silverwood arrives and clears Gillian of any wrongdoing, encouraging her to return to her home in New Jersey. Oddly enough, Silverwood believes Marks just fell down the stairs accidentally.
Birdwatcher 2 ends with the impression that the demon is present and still haunting the cabin. As Silverwood starts to open the door of his car to leave, he sees the curtain move in a window in the cabin. Then he sees a civilian-dressed man disappear around the corner of the cabin. When Silverwood walks over to that part of the cabin, he remembers that is the location of the basement where Joey Marks had buried Abigail Wincoff under the floorboard. The man Silverwood saw walking earlier is nowhere he can see. Additionally, BRC TV13 Anchorwoman and reporter Kristi Maratos and her news team are outside the rental cabin. She reports the body of suspected serial killer Joey Marks has been found there. Her cameraman, Morris Miller, shoots the surrounding woods and cabin capturing the image of Joey Marks walking around in the background.
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