- File Size: 2182 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Underground (June 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078LJX83X
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maya Sinclair is a perfect heroine. She’s flawed, but in a likable way, and is the perfect vehicle to carry the contemporary timeline in this novel. I loved learning the history of the town—and the histories of spiritualism and freak genetic disorders—through her perspective. Her cohort in this story is Collin Hode. He’s an enigmatic town figure, a perfect blend of stoic, rational, honorable, and open-minded. His character arc kept me on the edge of my seat. And now I have a book crush on him. I really hope we see more of him in later novels in this series. The other town characters are just as vibrant—some I despise, others I love. The cast is rich and varied and more than capable of carrying the plot.
The historical timeline is equally riveting. I learned so much history in such a short space, and I did so without noticing because I was utterly enthralled. The characters in the past are as compelling and interesting as those in the present timeline.
And speaking of two timelines, Clair merged them beautifully. The threads combined in a perfect yet unexpected way. I was on the edge of my seat throughout, and the climax was swift and satisfying.
Clair has a way with language that’s unparalleled, and she uses her sizeable talents to depict worlds that are so vivid, the settings become characters in their own right. I didn’t ‘read’ about these places. I was there. It was literally like I was walking through my hometown. And I loved it.
This story offers something for everyone—mystery, romance, suspense, history, paranormal entities, medical anomalies—all tied up in an expertly-crafted bow. This is one book you don’t want to miss.
Hode’s Hill is a place where the spiritualist movement of the 19th century was present in the form of the Blue Lady, a blue-skinned spiritualist who, for the most part, ran a sophisticated scam. Though long dead, the Blue Lady, Lucinda Glass, has some things to set right, and she will use Maya’s sensitivity to the Aether to accomplish her task.
The plot is complex and jam-packed with a lot of different things going on, including some red herrings and twists. Clair does a marvelous job of laying out clues and keeping all the elements progressing until they come together at the end. The multiple threads held my interest and kept the book’s pace chugging along.
One aspect of the story-construction that I thoroughly enjoyed was the time jumps. The narrative alternated between present day events and Lucinda’s accounts of her life. Lucinda’s story was “experienced” by Maya when she entered trancelike states. The characters are well-developed, varied, and realistic. Maya, Lucinda, and Collin Hode are the stars, and Clair took great care to make them real people with full personalities and inner emotional worlds.
Descriptions were meticulous and painted vivid pictures. It’s clear that Clair did her homework on the spiritualist movement and her knowledge shines through in the details. Cusp of Night struck me as part cozy mystery and part occult-thriller. Yes, there is a monster and an evil entity! Highly entertaining!
Author Mae Clair is unafraid to take her readers to those dark recesses, she challenges her creations to give us a reading experience we simply must finish and can never forget.
For the images she creates here linger in memory long after the final page has been read.
The combination of times past that are inextricably connected to the present is delivered with skill, as we are taken on a journey from Pennsylvania today back to the late 1890's.
I enjoyed meeting Maya, and her understandable need to discover the truth behind the deaths of seemingly disparate people. Her discoveries will place both she and those she holds close in peril, but the fear that threatens to overwhelm them, drives them onward.
If you love a read that challenges you, a read that leaves you gasping and hungry to keep reading, then Cusp of Night is for you.
You will discover that the hour of 2.22 am will take on new meaning. Turn on all the lights, lock all the doors, and keep your cell-phone handy.
This book will take you on one hell of a ride.
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