Book Review: The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

 

The StorycatcherShelly 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

Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. Read on an Ipad using kindle software

This story is told from different angles of different women, some alive, some dead, some white, some black, all telling the story of people who live on Black Mountain at the beginning of the 20th Century.  Some of the women have “the sight” and can see and interact with the “haints”, the spirits of those who have died and have unfinished business. Most of this business revolves around the Pastor – an angry drunken man with too much history with and interest in young girl

Reading this in ebook format, unfortunately the formatting at the start of each new section wasnt neat and tidy, which made it difficult to work out who was talking and when.  The voices of the women were not different enough to make each woman easy to identify, and it took most of book one to realise why the story kept chopping and changing almost at random. By then it was too late, and I was unable to catch up and make the narrative slick to read. At the end of a week of attempting to read this and not getting very far with it, I’ve had to declare it a loss.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

    • It just wasn’t strong enough for me to work through the formatting issues. After 10 days I was still only 60% of the way through, which usually is a sign for me to give up and move on

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