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The Mach Band Region [Kindle Edition]

Maria Rachel Hooley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When I left McKarey's Bluff ten years ago, I never planned to return. Ariel Morgan had refused to marry me and there was nothing left to stay for. Now Ariel is dead, supposedly by her own hand, and her younger sister, Rachel, is spiraling toward that same fate. Rachel used to be in love with me, maybe even more than Ariel. But she was a kid then. Now I'm returning to save a woman. And McKarey's Bluff is a small town haunted by more than Ariel's death. Years ago fifteen prostitutes disappeared. Sometimes the ghosts come back, not that I believe in them. But something isn't right here, and I'm seeing things I can't explain. I came to save Rachel, but I'm not even sure I can save myself anymore.

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About the Author

Maria Rachel Hooley is the author of over twenty novels including When Angels Cry, New Life Incorporated, and The Sojourner series. Her first chapbook of poetry was published by Rose Rock Press in 1999. When not writing, she teaches high school students. She lives with her husband and three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448697883
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002P8MOFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling story September 20, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
The Mach Band Region is a different type of story than others I've read by Ms. Hooley. I didn't feel as strong of an emotional connection to the characters in this one, but the story telling drew me in. Its a fascinating story with twists I didn't see coming. It was hard to put down. I'd highly recommend it, along with others by Ms. Hooley.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goose Bumps November 5, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
This story had be on the edge of my seat on several occasions, and like other reads of Hooley's I was drawn to the characters, the plot and her knack for surprises and twists. I was genuinely spooked and enjoyed the elements of the story including love lost and love found! I recommend this to all!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story With Style and Editing Issues June 29, 2010
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I liked the storyline. It's interesting, with twists in the plot that kept me interested. However, I found the dialogue a bit stilted. I've never heard two people use the phrase "like hell" or "as hell" even half as much as the two main characters in the story. Also, Matt, the narrator, gets a little too lofty and philosophical. It can be argued that his life-changing event gives him the right to wax philosophical, but I found it far too introspective and touchy-feely for the character. I just didn't buy it.

Also, the two main characters spend a lot of time licking their lips. Seriously. Once I realized that the author kept thowing in there that someone licked their lips before speaking, or while they were thinking, or whatever, it started to drive me crazy. I don't think any one person licks their lips THAT much. Because the author used it so often (and over and over and over and over....), I had a hard time putting it in context. Were they nervous? Hungry? Pensive? Needing Chapstick? What the heck was the author trying to say with that?

Also, there were minor things that bugged me a bit. One of the characters put a key in the lock and tried to turn it. The very next sentence has him inside the house, so I'd say he more than just tried to turn the key. I think the way it was written implies that the key wouldn't turn or the lock wouldn't budge or something to that effect. Why wouldn't the author just say he turned the key?

There are also a few incorrect words and typos in the book. Not a big deal, but when compounded with the other style and language issues, it becomes clear that the author is in DIRE need of a decent editor. There's no shame in that - most writers can't self edit... I beg of you!! Get an editor!! I love the story but it really could use some work.
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Wow. Wow.
So let me explain this book.
The main character hate the town that his gran-grantfather built and he left when the girl that he love refuses to marry him. But she is dead now and it has been 10 years since he did not return to his hometown. He had to because the sister of the woman he loved so much is destroying herself. The only problem is when something strange starts to try to kill him, something that isn't from this world.

I have my doubts at the beginning, I thoght this will be a boring book but I was totally mistaken.
The way that the main character start to explain some stuff made me love him but at the same time hate him. Even when he still loves Ariel he keep doing things with Rachel imagine that she was her sister. I hate so much that.

Even with that little issue the book was perfect. Different, Scary, Lovable and Hateful in a good way.
Glad I got to read this one.

So, yes I will totally read another book from this author. And thanks for the book!
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More About the Author

Maria Rachel Hooley has been featured in numerous publications such as Green Hills Literary Lantern, Westview, and Kimera. She has written over thirty novels in numerous genres. Her first chapbook of poetry, A Different Song, was published by Rose Rock Press in 1999. She is a high school teacher and lives in Oklahoma with husband and three children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She is an advocate for education about autism.


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