Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Storycatcher

The Storycatcher
Author: Ann Hite
Publisher: Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster)
Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Book Description:
From the author of Ghost on Black Mountain comes a haunting gothic novel set in the Depression-era South about two young women who form an unlikely alliance when the spirit of a dead woman takes up residence in their home.
 Shelly Parker, a sixteen-year-old servant who works for the tyrannical Pastor Dobbins and his family, has had the gift of sight for as long as she can remember. She’s grown accustomed to coexisting with the spirits of the dead who roam Black Mountain, telling Shelly their stories and warning her of the dangers that surround her. When the ghost of Arleen Brown, a poor woman who died on the mountain during childbirth five years earlier, begins to pursue Pastor’s daughter Faith—hell-bent on revealing a terrible secret that she took to her grave—Shelly is the only person that can help her. The two young women soon find themselves tangled up in a web of secrets and lies that takes them from Black Mountain to the murky saltwater marshes of Georgia, uncovering long-hidden truths that put their own lives in danger…

Idgie Says:
Ghost on Black Mountain was a wonderfully written story with a "Wow" ending in it that was totally unexpected.  Since then I have been waiting for this book to arrive at my door impatiently.

Ann does a fantastic job of bringing to life - realistically - the time in place, human interactions and description of the Appalachian mountain people.

A wonderful mix of mysterious past events, mystical hauntings and helpers from the other side combine to make this a gripping novel that takes hold and doesn't let go.  Then there's the Wow factor in this novel that I don't want to tell you about and ruin your eyebrow raising!  Let's just say there's a "takeover" in an attempt to get that truth out there.  In the mountains, simply having someone die doesn't make the secrets go away.

Ann makes the story so real that you're going to find yourself looking over your shoulders the next time you're alone..... after all, you might not actually be alone.