Saturday 27 July 2013

Book Review: The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

Title: The Storycatcher
Author: Ann Hite
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 10 September 2013
Pages: 352
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction/Ghosts
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Shelly Parker never much liked Faith Dobbins, the uppity way that girl bossed her around. But they had more in common than she knew. Shelly tried to ignore the haints that warned her Faith’s tyrannical father, Pastor Dobbins, was a devil in disguise. But when Faith started acting strange, Shelly couldn’t avoid the past—not anymore.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning author Ann Hite beckons readers back to the Depression-era South, from the saltwater marshes of Georgia’s coast to the whispering winds of North Carolina’s mystical Black Mountain, in a mesmerizing gothic tale about the dark family secrets that come back to haunt us.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Storycatcher features the same, beautiful and haunting prose as Hite's early Black Mountain work. The story is interesting, twisting and turning, drawing the reader in, and the characters and periods are well sculpted. The South truly comes alive on every page.

However, this story didn't have quite the same impact for me as the first book, I think because I didn't feel as passionate about the main characters. Even so, this book is still a wonderful, breathtaking read that is well worth anyone's time and I'd definitely continue to read works by this author.

I received this book as a free e-book ARC via NetGalley.

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