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Both Cades Cove novels in one.
on May 28, 2012
Book One: Cades Cove
David and Miriam Hobbs go to Tennessee for their fifteenth wedding anniversary. David finds an old bag while they are visiting the old ravine in which used to serve as Cades Cove's "Lovers' Lane". Stitched near the top are the words "Allie Mae's Treasures". On impulse, David takes the bag with him. Once David and Miriam return to their home in Littleton, Colorado, strange things begin to happen. Allie Mae had seen them at the ravine and has mistaken David for one of the two boy from her past. Allie Mae also believes that one of David's sons, Tyler, is the second boy from her past. Her spirit is angry and thirsty for revenge.
In hopes of ridding his family from Allie Mae's wrath, David tries several ways to dispose of the bag. As Allie Mae's anger becomes deadly, David decides to travel to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There, with the help of Ranger John Running Deer, David will try to banish Allie Mae's spirit. If David fails to do so, his entire family will suffer.
**** FOUR STARS! This tale of a vengeful spirit became downright creepy at times. In the latter half of the book, the author delves into Indian Lore and ceremonies. To say I was riveted would be putting it lightly. Like many horror novels, this one ends with a scene that makes one wonder if it is truly over. Unlike many horror novels, this one ties up just about all loose ends. The only real loose end deals with another entity and its details are listed during the last few pages of this story. This entity will be the focus in the next title, The Raven Mocker. ****
Book Two: The Raven Mocker
Ruth Guarni'er "Auntie Ruth" travels to Colorado to spend the Christmas holidays with the Hobbs family. She brings some gems that have been in the family for more than eighty years. Before Auntie Ruth can even settle into the guestroom, another wicked spirit makes itself known.
When the remains of Allie Mae are recovered (end of Book One: Cades Cove), authorities also find items from another source. The remains and a scepter belonging to a much more ancient entity shares the resting place in the sacred Cades Cove ravine. These remains are over a thousand years in age. Evidence shows many bones and some clothing from several different eras. They are believed to have been sacrifices, but that has yet to be proven. The University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus has claimed these items. The university has no idea of the severe consequences it has set into motion.
After witnessing some odd phenomenon in the guestroom, the Hobbs family calls in Sara Palmer, a gifted parapsychologist. Sara informs that the being longs for the restoration of a world he once knew and reigned in. However, the ancient one is not only tormenting the Hobbs family. Ranger John Running Deer's home and family in Tennessee is under siege too.
**** FOUR STARS! This story begins about six weeks after the previous title ends. If you purchased Cades Cove and The Raven Mocker separately, rest assured that both stories can stand alone. You do not have to read the first title in order to enjoy this one; however, I strongly suggest you do.
This story has a higher body count than the first and a lot more gut-churning suspense. The farther into the tale I read, the creepier it became. If you are looking for a horror story that tempts you to sleep with your bedroom light on, this is it. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.