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The truth hides in dark places . . .
Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .
This is the first book I have read by Mae Clair and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maya Sinclair has recently moved to Hode’s Hill to restart her life following a terrible car accident. Maya was clinically dead for 2 minutes and 22 seconds and found this time when her soul resided in the Aether, Heaven’s waiting room, very traumatic. She has obtained a great job at the local library and found the perfect place to live for an affordable price. She also has a close friend who lives in the town and life is looking good.
Life has a tendency to go haywire and Maya has not been in town long when she attends a local festival celebrating an interesting and horrific creature from the town’s past called the fiend. While at the festival, Maya gets an introduction to some of the tensions and problems between different personalities in the town. During her walk home after the festival, she comes across the wealthiest man in town being attacked in an alleyway but a huge, monster-like creature. These two events set Maya off on a strange journey to discover exactly what is going on in the town. In order to answer some of her questions, she is forced to research the town’s frightening history and also face the reality of her time in the Aether and what happened there.
I enjoyed Maya’s character and how she evolved and matured over the course of the book. The hint of romance between Maya and Colin Hode was also a pleasant distraction. The author clearly did thorough research on seances and mediums during the 19th century and I found the information on this topic to be very interesting. Lady Glass was a fascinating and troubled personality who enabled the author to introduce some clever twists and turns to the plot.