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She Walks These Hills Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1995

4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
Book 3 of 9 in the Ballad Novels Series

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From Publishers Weekly

A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in McCrumb's multilayered mystery.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA?Mystery and folklore are skillfully blended in this contemporary Appalachian tale. Driving the plot are "Harm" (Hiram) Sorley, an aging prisoner suffering from recent memory loss, who receives a spiritual message to escape from prison and return home to North Carolina; history grad student Jeremy Cobb, who wants to hike the trail used by Katie Wyler in the late 1700s when she escaped from Indians who held her captive; and members of the sheriff's department who search for both of these men. Strong females also figure prominently in this title, not the least of whom is Katie Wyler, dead over 200 years, whose spectral image helps several characters. Assisting Sheriff Arrowwood is his newest deputy, Martha Ayers, who's determined to prove she can rise above the lot of dispatcher. When all these folks converge beside a burning trailer home, more than one mystery is solved. McCrumb's rich use of dialect, accompanied by both physical description of and folklore about the mountains, combine to produce an evocative, haunting story. This novel defies stereotypical mystery elements, offering instead a complete melange of character study, plot, and setting.?Pam Spencer, Chapel Square Media Center, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; a edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451184726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451184726
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought when I first picked this book up that it was going to be one of those gothic potboilers with spooky ghosts, swooning women and brave (male) ghostbusters. Oh, and a scary, escaped killer out to wreak havoc on innocent people. It's got a tiny little bit of the goth in it, but it's much more than that. It's a modern story about modern people and takes on some big topics - prejudice, bigotry, justice, right and wrong, good and evil, stupidity in pursuit of noble causes. There's not a badly drawn character in the book; they all feel like real people with real complexities and complicated motives, often only precariously in control of the situations they get themselves into. The dialogues flow smoothly and sound real - you can hear these conversations. You'll recognize these people and you'll recognize yourself in them. Even the ghost story underpinning the book is fascinating and historically informative. If you're looking for a readable story that will hold your interest, this is it.
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She Walks These Hills is another excellent book in the Appalachian series by Sharyn McCrumb. She again combines two stories - one in the present and one in the past along with a pinch of a ghost story, culminating in an overall satisfying novel.
This installment tells of the stories of Harm Sorley, an escaped murderer in the Appalachian area, a college professor following the trail of Katie Wyler, a pioneer woman trying to get to her home in 1799, and Hank the Yank, a bodacious radio personality who tries to get into both these stories. I will not give the ending away as some reviewers did, but you need to read this book to get the full flavor of the area and the era.
How do these three characters intertwine with each other - both from the past and present? It is up the reader to find out in this thrilling novel.
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WOW! That's about how I feel about this novel written by Sharyn McCrumb. Of all the books I've read of late, this has to be one of the very best. I wish I could give it a 10 rating. The book was loaned to me. "Read this, I think you'll like it." Well, she was right. I didn't just like it. I loved it. Being of Cherokee decent, and knowing a little about the Appalachia area, naturally that sparked my interest. Being a native of the area, McCrumb has done a wonderful job with this novel. She mastered the plot, the characters, the dialogue and ME. I couldn't put the book down. I'm putting McCrumb at the top of my list as one of my favorite authors. The research and persons involved made this book everything that it is. My hat is off to McCrumb. Without further ado, I'm off to the library to gather another novel she's written. Take my advice and get a copy of this book. You'll see what I mean.
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This book was my introduction to Sharyn McCrumb, and I'm definitely partial to the Appalacian series. This was a haunting, unforgettable story that drew you in, not just to the story itself, but to the people and characters. It reads easily, and you don't want to put it down because you just NEED to know what's gonna happen. I love the way Ms. McCrumb tells two stories in parallel, and the way that the two stories seem to come together, although they are more than 100 years apart.
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An enticing mystery on several different levels. The ghost of a pioneer girl walks the mountain trails in search of peace after being kidnapped by the Indians. A 63 year old felon escapes prison and believes he is still in the 1960's. Murder and mayhem abound in a present day Appalachian town. Set in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains all is not what it seems.
A fast paced mystery with a dash of exclusivity that spices it up and gives it a punch of unique individualism. I did find it a bit predictable but enjoyable none the less. Kelsana 6/10/02
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This would have been a much better book if it had had a good editor to correct the inconsistencies and holes in the plot.
A very annoying problem was chronology. The main character was convicted for murdering his neighbor in 1968, and escaped from prison in 1993; That's a mere 25 years. Yet endlessly the time period is described as 30 years, the people who remember him are portrayed as old, his ex-wife, married to another man, is described as in her 60's, although by the chronology she would be 52. This makes you feel like the author did several revisions and neglected to make her final draft consistent.
Another hole in the plot is a teenage mother who poisons her in-laws' 6 dogs, wounds her husband with a knife, and holds their infant hostage; so when the police come, they drive her and the baby to her mother's house. No charges. Would any police really be that stupid?
Then there's the ending, which is pretty strange. You'd have to read it to believe it, and then you wouldn't anyway.
The book, which I read for a mystery discussion group, does have its moments because it reflects some research on mountain superstitions, has some interesting insights on human nature and geology, and has a mixed bag of characters, some fleshed-out and others somewhat one-dimensional (particularly the graduate student who attempts a solo hike without adequate preparation, who appears to be there for comic relief).
It was passable, but I wouldn't be eager to read anything else of McCrumb's.
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