Title: The Storycatcher
Author: Ann Hite
Genre: Suspense, Supernatural Thriller
Rating: 3 Star
Release Date: September 10th 2013
Shelly Parker, a sixteen-year-old servant who works for the tyrannical Pastor Dobbins and his family, has had the gift of sight for as long as she can remember. She’s grown accustomed to coexisting with the spirits of the dead who roam Black Mountain, telling Shelly their stories and warning her of the dangers that surround her. When the ghost of Arleen Brown, a poor woman who died on the mountain during childbirth five years earlier, begins to pursue Pastor’s daughter Faith—hell-bent on revealing a terrible secret that she took to her grave—Shelly is the only person that can help her. The two young women soon find themselves tangled up in a web of secrets and lies that takes them from Black Mountain to the murky saltwater marshes of Georgia, uncovering long-hidden truths that put their own lives in danger…
Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
I was allowed to read this book ahead of its publication date thanks to NetGalley and the author/publication house.
I started off a bit confused with the plot of this book. It took me a chapter or so get what was going. I know you may think that is generally the way it goes for ALL books, but the chapters switch between characters in different places in different time frames.
For the most part I really enjoyed the story. I love a book that deals with spirits of the dead hell bent on having the truth told, something that has haunted a mountain and those who are related to it in some way or anything for many years. The switching between the characters was a great way to get more detail about what is going on and to get some different perspectives on how they all felt about each others and the situations. I really enjoyed it when each of the different perspective/time frames joined up in pieces along the way to reveal what on earth was going on. For the most part the past was pretty easy to just know straight away, but there was always how it was going to end to work out.
There were a few things I didn’t like about the story though. One being that it moved really slowly. It did have enough stuff going on with the constant changes that it took me awhile that nothing really had happened yet. I was about 86% through, and from this point onward when something that was obviously moving the story onward to the climax I got a bit frustrated and tended to put it down a bit more. Another was the fact that though the characters have a few differences they all kinda seem the same by the end, mostly cause they are all scared and angry and there isnt much different between how they each react to these emotions. Also, the ending though had a bit of a climax, didnt really feel satisfying when you finally got there because of how long the build up took. It was also a bit of a too happy ending for a sad story.
I still recommend it when it is published. I only received the first draft so things might have been changed, and if not its still a worthy read.