I just finished the first book in the Hode’s Hill Series by Mae Clair, Cusp Of Night.
Ms. Clair weaves a tale between two eras flawlessly. Connecting the ghosts of the past with the present through Maya Sinclair and using the town’s Fiend Fest was genius. Our heroine Maya came to the town of Hode’s Hill for a job, but quickly got more than she imagined.
Urban myth and legend, the Fiend is once again on the prowl in town making his appearance coincide with the festival.
Maya becomes involved when she passes a man being attacked in an alley. She renders aid and learns that the man she saved is also the prominent Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family.
But Maya has her own issues. The brownstone she is renting is haunted by the Blue Lady. After researching she realizes that the Blue Lady, Lucinda Glass, has made some connection to her through her time in the Aether and has her own agenda.
Clair’s character are richly developed and the plot had twists and turns that kept me guessing. If you enjoy paranormal, mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance this is a must read.
Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house–a woman whose ghost may still linger.
Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .
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