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Book Review: A Desolate Hour

A DESOLATE HOUR (POINT PLEASANT),

BY MAE CLAIR

PUBLICATION: LYRICAL UNDERGROUND; JULY 18, 2017

desolateAbout the book: 

Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

My Review:

It is with a very heavy heart that I am bringing you my review of the last novel in the Point Pleasant Series, A Desolate Hour. Don’t get me wrong – I loved this novel, but I am so sad to see the series come to an end. A little over a year ago, a lovely lady named Mae Clair contacted me with a review request of her first in this series, A Thousand Yesteryears and then in December, I was lucky enough to read and review A Cold Tomorrow. There have been others not in this series that she has sent my way, but I cannot express enough love and admiration for the Point Pleasant Series!

A Desolate Hour is so incredibly action-packed I’m not sure how to review this novel without giving away spoilers, but I will try. Remember when Sarah, Eve, and Katie played with the Ouija Board and Sarah learned that there was a Q.M. in her future? That would be Quentin Marsh, who travels to Point Pleasant to research a supposed curse on his family. Considering that Sarah works in the records department at the courthouse and is a history/genealogy buff, she is the perfect person for him to get to know. Unfortunately, all hell seems to break loose after Quentin arrives prompting more Mothman suspicions and sightings than normal, as well as, a journey into the original secrets and events involving Chief Cornstalk, the Mothman, Indrid Cold, Lach Evening, and Obadiah Preech.  A new character is introduced, named Shawn Preech. He’s basically an alcoholic, lives like a pig, and is still reeling from his divorce from his wife, Suzanne. Suzanne had asked Sarah to review some old papers and belongings regarding Shawn’s ancestors – prior to their divorce – and after Sarah returns those belongings to Shawn, things get set in motion for a big mess.

Once again, Mae Clair has blown me away with her incredible story-telling ability. The novel starts at an easy pace catching up the reader with what happened in the previous novels, as well as, providing background regarding Quentin Marsh and Shawn Preech. Things quickly speed up as one thing after the other happens in Point Pleasant and while Quentin and Sarah work to piece together stories from the past. There are so many significant characters in this novel that tie everything together, but the amazing thing is the author’s complex development of so many completely different characters and personalities. Whether it’s the calm and cool Caden Flynn, gossipy townspeople, or the Mothman – the vivid language and descriptions bring all of these characters to life, leaving no question in the reader’s mind what someone looks like, talks like, etc. The colorful descriptions carry over to the setting and various objects in the story, but a specific part that sticks out to me involved a path in the grass where a dog had been running in circles. It was mentioned quickly and was a small detail but something that I could easily visualize, strengthening the notion that all was not well and this dog was seriously in distress. 

A Desolate Hour is a powerful, suspenseful novel that I could carry on about all day. The author’s blending of real-life occurrences, folklore, and fiction result in a fascinating read that will appeal to any fans of mystery/suspense/supernatural novels. People, including myself, frequently refer to novels saying “you won’t be able to put it down,” but A Desolate Hour is truly a novel that once you start reading it, there is no stopping until you’ve reached the end. 

**Thanks to Mae Clair for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have truly loved this series!

Learn more about Mae Clair by visiting her web page.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: A Desolate Hour”

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. Mae is such a gifted author. Reading the ARC left me with the same feelings as you… excitement for the story and melancholy that the series is over. I hope people take the time to track down her work and read it. She’s a rare talent.

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      1. Thank you for that awesome review! I hate bidding goodbye to these characters, but I’m thrilled how much you enjoyed the wrap up to their story. I’m doing a happy dance 🙂

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  2. I didn’t want to read too much of your review as I’m only a third through ‘yesteryears’ at the moment and I was worried about spoilers, but I wanted to stop by and show my love for Mae Clair… fabulous writer and truly lovely lady!!

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