“A Thousand Yesteryears,” by Mae Clair
Publisher: Lyrical Underground; April 26, 2016
Looking for something totally different that is fabulously suspenseful? “A Thousand Yesteryears” by Mae Clair should be next on your to-read list. This book is fascinating, intriguing and absolutely a page turner. First, let me try to explain the setting and inspiration for this novel without giving away too much of the plot. This book is fiction but inspired by real events that occurred in Point Pleasant, WV in 1966-67. From 1966 until 1967, people in the Point Pleasant area began reporting sightings of a large flying creature, referred to as The Mothman. I have no clue if Mothman is real, but there were reports of Mothman sightings up until the Silver Bridge collapsed. The Silver Bridge was also real and unfortunately collapsed into the Ohio River on December 15, 1967, killing 46 people. Again, there were reports of Mothman sightings right before the bridge collapsed. Having addressed those little tidbits, the story begins with a young girl Eve walking down the street in Point Pleasant with her friend Sarah, just as the Silver Bridge collapses. At the time of the collapse, Eve’s father is on the bridge, as well as, Eve’s best friend Maggie and her brother Caden. Caden is one of the few survivors of the collapse (and Eve had a huge crush on him).
Fast forward 15 years and Eve is returning to Point Pleasant for the first time due to the passing of her Aunt Rosie, who willed her home and historic hotel to Eve. Initially, she is returning just to prepare her aunt’s house so that it can be sold, and most likely to also sell the family hotel in downtown Point Pleasant, but as soon as she gets there, odd things start happening. Eve reunites with old friends Caden and Ryan (Maggie’s older brothers), and Eve quickly learns that Caden continues to blame himself for his sister’s death. She also builds a friendship with an acquaintance from her childhood, Katie, who had become very close to her aunt over the years prior to her death. As things get more and more spooky and peculiar, the characters in this novel have to rely on gut instinct and blind faith to try to figure out what secrets have been kept in Point Pleasant all of these years.
“A Thousand Yesteryears” was a perfect mix of suspense, mystery, paranormal legends, and justice. There are people in this world that believe legends and folklore, such as the story of Mothman. Then there are also those people who would never believe such things, the people who need concrete, indisputable evidence. Clair’s characters in this novel are no different – some believe and some do not. Whether the characters believe in Mothman (or some of the other paranormal, spooky stuff in the novel, they have to cast aside their doubts and follow their instincts, even when it makes no sense. This is not a book that you easily solve the riddle or figure out who did what. I was stumped quite a few times, suspecting that one person was a bad guy/girl, when really they were not. I was immediately drawn into this story and it’s characters, flying through this novel to find out the ending. Mae Clair’s writing keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end and blends the perfect amount of fantasy and realism to appeal to a wide audience. Even if you are not typically a huge fan of this type of novel, I still highly recommend it for an exciting read! I can’t wait for more to come in Mae Clair’s Point Pleasant Series.
Want to learn more about Mae Clair? Visit: https://maeclair.net/
*I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.