August 7, 2017

Book Review - A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair

Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .
For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief —the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

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My Review

“Run from the thunder,

Run from the rain,

Lightning can’t hurt you,

The wind is in vain,     Sarah keeps saying in A Desolate Hour.
Mae Clair is one of the best writers I've read. I've read a lot, indie and traditional.  She's one of the best overall. Her writing style and also the characters she creates are amazing, yet, characters any of us can easily  relate to. Once I started reading I couldn’t put the book down until I had read every word. I loved the characters, especially  Caden and Eve. But more characters are added to the story here in A Desolate Hour, like Sarah and the mysterious QM from book 2. Each with her or his secret and karmic burden.I want to make a special mention of Shawn, a perfect portrayal of an evil character, no matter his justification.

By the way, the title is a perfect fit for the story. The author couldn’t have found a better one.

For someone who is reading Book 3 it would be helpful to read the previous stories to fully tie all the threads together. But the book can be read as a standalone and there are reminders along the first chapters smoothly weaved in the plot that help the reader understand who’s who.

I knew I had to prepare myself to say goodbye to this incredible cast of characters at the end of this book, especially to Drayandor. Sadly this  did nothing to lighten the blow. With every passing page I marveled over the genius of the words before me and fretted over the dwindling number of pages left ahead of me. Now a few words about the story. 
Amazing. Entertaining. Beautiful, [of course.] I don't know if I'd want to know a person who couldn't absolutely adore this entire series. As I  mourn my goodbyes to these characters I have come to know and love (and sometimes hate, see Obadiah's descendant) and attempt to pull myself together to face life again, I offer a most sincere plea to Ms.  Clair to be so kind as to spin another tale for us (and quickly). The world is truly a better place with her books in it for everyone to enjoy.

The suspense builds constantly making readers curious to see what comes next. And the expectations aren’t in vain. Almost each chapter, and even scenes, end in cliffhangers that urge you to postpone other chores and go on reading.

For example:

“Everything that happens around here gets blamed on Cornstalk’s curse.”or

“The tip of the scars he carried from the Mothman poked from beneath his sleeve. . . . the welts had never changed in appearance or texture. Until today. Normally vibrant red, they were now jet black." or
"It was time to leave, to get out before someone spied his Charger in the
driveway. He cleaned up the sink, wiped up his bloody prints, and looked
around for a piece of paper.
There was one more thing he had to do to make the scene complete."

Based on a real tragic event the three books combine, in a skillful way, folklore, paranormal and romantic suspense. If you love mysteries linked to the Men in Black, UFOs, the Mothman, Ouja boards, curses spanning the centuries and marking the main characters’ lives or   reincarnation this is a series you SHOULDN''T miss!

         To sum up - another superb story, packed full of action and emotion,  by the talented Mae Clair that will keep lovers of the paranormal/romantic suspense  genre well entertained!


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    1. As is the story. Thank you for the lovely appreciation!

  2. Carmen, I am so honored by your review. This made my morning. I am thrilled I kept you entertained and that you loved the story and my characters so much.I had such a hard time saying goodbye to this series, and of course the characters. Knowing how much it has been enjoyed is a huge plus. Thank you again for your lovely words and review!

    1. The same words go your way, too, Mae.
      I knew it would end in a certain way, but it didn't take the pleasure of savoring each page.
      Congratulations for an excellent series!

  3. Great review, Carmen.
    Wishing Mae much success.

    1. Thank you, Sandra, on my and Mae's behalf!

    2. Thank you, Sandra!
      *waving across the miles* :)

  4. Welcome back, Carmen! Great review. Mae, this is moving up on my tbr list as soon as I finish my deadline work generated by RWA conference! Looking forward to relaxing with it.

    1. Thank you, Flossie! I don't know for how long I am still at home but I want to post as much as I can. Now I have your book on my "table" waiting its turn to be read.

    2. Thank so much, Flossie. I hope you enjoy the tale. And I agree, it's great to see Carmen back again! :)

  5. I read and loved the book, and love your review. This was a great series!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
      You are absolutely right, a great series. I am so glad we are of the same opinion.

    2. Judith, thanks so much for the kind words (and also for your excellent review on Amazon!) :)

      I hate saying goodbye to this one, but I so enjoyed writing it!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! Thank God for the air conditioner, though we don't keep it turned on for long periods of time.

  7. Just stopped by to say hey.
    Thinking of you.


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