The Curse Of Crow Hollow
The Curse of Crow Hollow is the first book I've ever read by Billy Coffey. The description sounded extremely intriguing and suspenseful, and I love a good thriller, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I wasn't sure what to expect or what his typical writing style is, but this book definitely blew me away. When it arrived in the mail, I was surprised at how thick it was! I didn't realize it was 400+ pages - that made me even more excited to read it, I love a nice fat book, especially since I read so fast. The Curse of Crow Hollow is set in an old fashioned Southern style town where mysterious, evil things are happening. The back cover reads:
"With the “profound sense of Southern spirituality” he is known for (Publishers Weekly), Billy Coffey draws us into a town where good and evil—and myth and reality—intertwine in unexpected ways.
Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves.
“Coffey spins a wicked tale . . . [The Curse of Crow Hollow] blends folklore, superstition, and subconscious dread in the vein of Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’”
The Curse of Crow Hollow is a tale rife with Southern beliefs and attitudes, superstitions, folklore, and spirituality. The cover perfectly captures the vibe and feel of the book. From the very first page, I was swept into the story and it wouldn't let me go until it was finished. The lyrical, Southern writing style evokes a sense of mystery, wonder, and intrigue. The story was spooky and dark, but ultimately incredibly satisfying. There's a big twist at the end that I definitely didn't see coming. This is the type of book that will keep you up at night thinking about it long after you turn the final page. I can't recommend this book enough to people who enjoy a spooky thriller type literary fiction. There are many underlying spiritual themes to chew on as well. Five stars - can't wait to read the rest of Billy Coffey's books.
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