One part thriller, one part mystery, one part drama, and one part romance gives a whole lot of fantastic reading.
Once I actually had time to sit and consume this story, I couldn’t put it down. I definitely had a few “Crawdads” vibes from The Souls of Lost Lake but the split-time kept everything wonderful and unique.
Now, I will confess- Preacher Pritchard gave a smoldering effect. I mean, nothing is more…um…steamy?…than a man who loves Jesus and people but is wounded. (Father, forgive me and other women who read this and fainted with the whole “ripped preacher without a shirt on” business).
Now, this mystery/psychological thriller element – yikes!!! There was so much darkness and gloom that it almost had those “ghost story” sensations but they were weaved together with the faith element without being cringy. And the “who done it” was not so easily detected. I love that. There’s nothing less entertaining than being able to figure out who the bad guy was beginning of the book. That was definitely not the case in this story.
I can’t decide who’s story I liked more…Ava or Wren. They both fed off each other so well that you couldn’t have one without the other.
This is truly a masterpiece! Welcome to my top five favorite books for 2022, Jaime Jo Wright!
About the Book
Author: JaimeJo Wright
Genre: Gothic Romance/Christian Mystery & Suspense/ Romance
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To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.
Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses’ cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.
In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger’s ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter’s Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava’s secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.
Two women, separated by time, must confront a wickedness that not only challenges who they are but also threatens their lives, and the lives of those they love.
About The Author
Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing suspenseful, mysteries stained with history’s secrets. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimewrightbooks.com!