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Dark Bayou (The Dark Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy K. Duplechain
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)

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“The Spanish moss swayed eerily in the breeze that brought with it fat rain drops that plopped onto the water, rippling the reflection of the darkening sky. That was when we saw the cabin, far off in a corner on the west bank. It was as I had seen it in my dreams—rustic long-forgotten by the world, save for whatever occupied its malevolent little frame. And whatever it was, was nothing more than a black silhouette in a creaking rocking chair on the tiny porch. As I stared at the phantom rocker, it suddenly stopped in mid rock, picked up its head and turned to me, grinning, and started rocking away, never taking its yellow eyes off of me. And there, in the humid twilight of the swamp, a bitter chill washed over me, and my spine felt like ice.”

When Leigh Benoit returns home to Louisiana for the funeral of her brother and his wife, she becomes increasingly concerned about the welfare of her orphaned niece, Lyla. She is prompted by her grandmother, Clothilde, to move back to take care of her. Leigh has no desire to take on any responsibility, and being home again brings back painful memories. At the funeral, Leigh’s childhood friend, Detective Lucas Castille, tells her the mysterious details of the accident that killed her brother and his wife. Lucas’ young son has dreams of a Dark Man who wishes to harm Lyla. Leigh begins to have similar dreams. She struggles with her rational mind but vows to protect her niece. Soon, she finds out there is more to the story and more to her grandmother than she thought.


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"The Spanish moss swayed eerily in the breeze that brought with it fat rain drops that plopped onto the water, rippling the reflection of the darkening sky. That was when we saw the cabin, far off in a corner on the west bank. It was as I had seen it in my dreams--rustic long-forgotten by the world, save for whatever occupied its malevolent little frame. And whatever it was, was nothing more than a black silhouette in a creaking rocking chair on the tiny porch. As I stared at the phantom rocker it suddenly stopped in mid rock, picked up its head and turned to me, grinning, and started rocking away, never taking its yellow eyes off of me. And there, in the humid twilight of the swamp, a bitter chill washed over me, and my spine felt like ice."

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"The Spanish moss swayed eerily in the breeze that brought with it fat rain drops that plopped onto the water, rippling the reflection of the darkening sky. That was when we saw the cabin, far off in a corner on the west bank. It was as I had seen it in my dreams--rustic long-forgotten by the world, save for whatever occupied its malevolent little frame. And whatever it was, was nothing more than a black silhouette in a creaking rocking chair on the tiny porch. As I stared at the phantom rocker it suddenly stopped in mid rock, picked up its head and turned to me, grinning, and started rocking away, never taking its yellow eyes off of me. And there, in the humid twilight of the swamp, a bitter chill washed over me, and my spine felt like ice."

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True & Authentic Local Color, Not Stereotyped July 4, 2011
By alice
Format:Hardcover
The depiction of south Louisiana culture is accurate and never stereotyped. As a Cajun, I find this very refereshing. Literary-wise, the plot is tight and the characters well-developed and likeable. Thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait for the second installment in the series.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down February 15, 2011
By djd
Format:Paperback
This is a real page turner. The writing is excellent, plot well thought out, mood dark yet not depressing. The characters are well developed, likeable people who take care of one another. This book never drags.
I am familiar with Abbeville, Lafayette, New Orleans and the Cajun culture and really enjoyed reading a book that takes place in this area. There is nothing like South Louisiana with its history culture and diversity to set the mood for this kind of story, and and MS Duplechain does an excellent job in conveying this to the reader. You just know if it doesn't ring true, and this one rings true.
I just finished reading this book while in my motel room on New Orleans West Bank and was pleased to read that the next book will take place in the "Big Easy". I can't wait to read this next story of Leigh Benoit, Lucas, Lyla, Jon, and Clothilde.
This book would make a great movie.
DJD
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea ruined by terrible writing July 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story has promise but the writing made me cringe. The story is told in first person, which is fine, but much of the novel was made up of short sentences staring with "I" and the sentences sounded like they were written for a high school assignment. The repetitive use of "I" also made it hard to like the heroine - I kinda hoped the bad guys would get her. Also, the author never explains why the heroine had left Louisiana in the first place, and the heroine's internal conversations with herself were overly dramatic. Better, more lyrical writing would have communicated the beauty and mystery of the location in a way this writing didn't.

A sample or two - do we really need blow by blow, unncessary descriptions?:

"I pulled over as soon as I found a safe spot to do so. I put on my emergency lights, turned off the car, and got out. I walked over to the grassy side and barely got control of the nausea. I walked around for a minute..." I, I, I, I - UGH. We needed to be told the heroine didn't pull over until it was safe, or that she put on her emergency lights and turned the car off before she got out? Really?

This book would actually be a great tool for creative writing teachers - it's a gold mine of "what not to do" examples.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it! June 28, 2012
By Rhonda
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Dark Bayou is the first book I've read by this author. I think I read it may be her first, but not certain. I enjoyed the storyline. For the most part it was fast-paced and kept me turning pages. The supporting characters were interesting. The author used detailed and vivid descriptions of scenes which made the story come alive. I could visualize parts of Louisiana and the swamps.

I'm not in love with the main character, but I don't dislike her either. She's a little selfish and disrespectful, especially toward her grandmother. She did, however, make progress within the book. Just not enough for me to truly like her. For instance her elderly grandmother's friend passed away. Instead of being there for her grandmother as support at the funeral, she goes to have fun with her friend. There were a lot of instances of her behaving more like a bratty teen than an adult. But maybe the author plans to show her progress in future books as an overall character growth. I hope.

While a little eerie, this book wasn't really scary and that was what I was looking for. Usually when I read about ghosts/spirits and demons it's because I want to experience that rush of fear. I didn't get that here. But, like I said it was an enjoyable read and I think the author has a lot of potential. I'll definitely get the second book in the series. I guess I'm intrigued enough to want to find out what happens next. :-)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Promise August 15, 2011
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The author shows great promise with this first novel. The story is well conceived, intriguing, and charming. I do feel she might have added more description in many places, rather than relying on Leigh-Leigh's more circumscribed exclamations alone. Some characters were rich and bold, like Father Ben and Clotilde. Others not so much. I wish I could have known more about Lucas' personality and raison d'etre, for example. I absolutely loved the Cajun French! The book was educational and seemed to be rather well researched. The author might place a bit more history, religion and Cajun French in any subsequent Benoit novels (I hope there will be more, that is!) I don't know much about Voodoo, so more info on that would be nice. The Charlamagne bit was terrific, but again, more info. Sure, I could just research it on my own, but it sounds a lot better in her words.

I would have loved to give this novel 5 stars, but I am hoping Duplechain reads her reviews and decides to further develop her strengths as a result. If I really thought she had delivered her Magnum Opus, I might have been lazy and called this a 5 star novel. I am anxious to read more for this very promising writer!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARK BAYOU...IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN! June 20, 2012
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I started this book last night when I went to bed & couldn't put it down until I had finished it!
I could smell the honeysuckle, taste the sweet tea, hear the Zydeco music, danced with Leigh & Carrie at the crawfish picnic. I was there with them, so much so, when one of my dogs shifted in bed & his tags jingled on his collar, I JUMPED, as if "The Dark Man" were after me! I just purchased the 2nd book of this trilogy & can't wait to start it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's okay if you like this type of book.
Published 13 hours ago by mkmcafo
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Bayou
I really liked this book. The characters and their relationships plus a interesting location keep your interest. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Barbara Seth
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing work, yeah!
Soooooo happy to have come across this book for fre...and then purchased the other 2 and read them all within 4 days. I couldn't stop even at work!!! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Damion's Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Pass This One Up!
A lot of mystery and intrigue, some romance and ghosts! All my favorites in one book. This is a trilogy but reads like a standalone. Well at least the first book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Cheryl
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. I have a fascination with the bayou and Louisiana and this definitely fed my addiction. The added paranormal was a plus.
Published 15 days ago by Kelly Romero
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark bayou
Very good book would recommend it to anyone who reads it, a very good page turner, can't wait to read the next one.
Published 16 days ago by Fiona kirk
4.0 out of 5 stars i'm not used to thrillers like this but when it comes to Lousiana...
suspense can almost be killer the edge of your seat with this book is completely thrilling, i'm not used to thrillers like this but when it comes to Lousiana everything is possible... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sheila M. Jaworski Fashion and Beauty Blogger under the pen name Ladydarksky
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read!
I couldn't put it down! I'm so excited to start book two and three! What I loved about the book, was how it was set in Lafayette Louisiana
Published 20 days ago by Willard31
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
This book was poorly written. I could not get past the first three chapters. All of the reviews I read sounded promising, but I was disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Caroline Sandoval
3.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal mystery, but annoying main character.
This is the first book that I have read from Ms. Duplechain and while I enjoyed the supernatural aspect of this book Immensely, it took me quite a few chapters to really get into... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steelersfan86
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More About the Author

Nancy K. Duplechain is the author of the popular Dark Trilogy series: "Dark Bayou," "Dark Carnival," and "Dark Legacy."

Nancy was reared in Ville Platte, LA., the seat of Evangeline Parish, one of twenty-two parishes that make up Acadiana, also known as Cajun/Creole Country.

For several years, she worked at her home town radio station before starting college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she graduated in 2005 with a degree in general studies and a concentration in English, emphasizing creative writing and literary studies.

A year after her father passed, Nancy moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career in screenwriting. One year after moving to L. A., she went back home for a visit. While taking a swamp tour with her friends, the mystery and beauty of the area became a great inspiration to her. She returned to her small studio apartment in Hollywood and began writing Dark Bayou, which was to become her first novel.

Nancy's mother, Dot, still lives in Acadiana. Nancy has one sibling, an older brother, Michael. She has a niece named Lyla, whose name fans of "Dark Bayou" will recognize.

Nancy was a featured author and panelist at the 2011 Louisiana State Book Festival.

Nancy returned to Louisiana in the summer of 2011 to be closer to her family. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, Jones and Daisy. Her cat, Jada, often curls up on the desk next to her while she writes. More than anything, she loves spending time with friends and family over dinner and laughs.

She completed "Dark Carnival," the second book in The Dark Trilogy, in June 2012. She concluded The Dark Trilogy with the release of "Dark Legacy" on June 29, 2014. Her next series of books will be in the young adult fantasy genre.

Visit author Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/NancyKDuplechain

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