Well, to rectify that error, please enjoy my review of Eventide – A Hode’s Hill Novel – by Mae Clair
Eventide (gorgeous title) is the 3rd book in the Hode’s Hill series; a book that wraps up the ensemble cast of characters who reside in Hode’s Hill, most of whom have been appearing since Book 1, Cusp of Night.
Fittingly, this installment places previous minor character, Madison Hewitt, in the spotlight. Clair’s third enigmatic female protagonist of this paranormal/thriller series is perhaps the best written, and most enjoyable to read of all three leads. With a horrendous backstory in tow, it would have been easy for Clair to turn Madison into a victim, but she comes across as a strong, independent woman (albeit with questionable taste in men!), who isn’t afraid of anything as minor as a haunted house! I really enjoyed Madison’s gumption.
Aside from having a well-rounded main character and great supporting cast, Clair delivers us a plot full of twists and turns, and (my personal favourite bit), part of the plot set back in the 1800s. As usual, Clair deftly weaves the 1800s plot into the present-day narrative, tosses in a few red herrings, and ties everything together with a paranormal coloured bow!
Perhaps my only critique of Eventide is that there was no traditional Mae Clair ‘whodunnit’ theme this time around. I didn’t have to bite my fingernails down to the nubs trying to figure out who was the fiend, or the blue lady (etc). Having said that, there were still surprises throughout (the mystery of the cistern and its contents, for one!) and the narrative set a cracking pace.
Eventide is a very well crafted story, befitting the name Mae Clair, and one I thouroughly enjoyed. I can highly recommend it.