Shelly Parker never much liked Faith Dobbins, the uppity way that girl bossed her around. But they had more in common than she knew. Shelly tried to ignore the haints that warned her Faith’s tyrannical father, Pastor Dobbins, was a devil in disguise. But when Faith started acting strange, Shelly couldn’t avoid the past—not anymore.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning author Ann Hite beckons readers back to the Depression-era South, from the saltwater marshes of Georgia’s coast to the whispering winds of North Carolina’s mystical Black Mountain, in a mesmerizing gothic tale about the dark family secrets that come back to haunt us.
Ann Hite does a phenomenal job of creeping me out. She tells the best ghost stories. I read her debut book Ghost on Black Mountain back in 2011. It was one of my favorite books that year.
The Story Catcher, much like Ghost on Black Mountain, follows the lives of several women who live on (and in this book, off) the mountain. Also much like the first book, I had a hard time figuring out how these women’s lives would intertwine. It all made sense in the end, but it took some work getting there. I will have to say that I had a hard time keeping the characters straight in this book. You have young girls, older girls, women, older women, young ghosts, old ghosts. You have characters of all shapes and sizes and life forms, or lack thereof.I found myself having to go back to the beginning of chapters to remind myself which characters were telling their story and several times wasn’t sure who was talking.
With that said, I do love the characters in this book. Hite gave them all such different voices. They are very diverse, but each have similarities with the others. And she does a great job of building these characters and pulling you in. I couldn’t wait to finish this story so that I could learn what tied all of these characters together. I had an idea, but wanted it all spelled out.
Hite’s writing is magical. She pulls you in and makes you feel like you are on Black Mountain, like you are at the cemetery, or on the shore, or visiting with haints. She leaves you with chills and open to things that you may not want to believe.
I give The Storycatcher 4 out of 5 bookmarks.