Title: Ghost On Black Mountain
Author: Ann Hite
Publication Date: 2011
Genre: Adult Fiction
Summary via Goodreads.com:
"Nellie Clay married Hobbs Pritchard without even noticing he was a spell conjured into a man, a walking, talking ghost story. But her mama knew. She saw it in her tea leaves: death. Folks told Nellie to get off the mountain while she could, to go back home before it was too late. Hobbs wasn’t nothing but trouble. He’d even killed a man. No telling what else. That mountain was haunted, and soon enough, Nellie would feel it too. One way or another, Hobbs would get what was coming to him. The ghosts would see to that. . . .
Told in the stunning voices of five women whose lives are inextricably bound when a murder takes place in rural Depression-era North Carolina, Ann Hite’s unforgettable debut spans generations and conjures the best of Southern folk-lore—mystery, spirits, hoodoo, and the incomparable beauty of the Appalachian landscape."My Review:
The summary on the back of this book doesn't do the story justice at all! This was an amazing book with terrific characters, plot lines, and writing. There is no simple summary for this book, which is why the back of the book summary is probably so vague. In a nutshell, Nellie is a young and foolish girl who thinks she knows better than her Mama and her Mama's tea leaves that predict darkness and bad things. Nellie is head over heals in love with Hobbs Pritchard and will do anything to be with him forever. He is sweet and dotes on her and makes her feel loved and extremely special like no one else ever has. This is why Nellie marries Hobbs, against her Mama's wishes, and moves with him up to Black Mountain where he lives with what little family he has left. Nellie soon finds out that the Hobbs that was showing himself to her in her hometown and the Hobbs that is true when up in Black Mountain are two very different men. She soon learns why her Mama and her tea leaves predicted trouble and darkness. Nellie finds kindness only in Jack, Hobbs's step brother, but even Jack can't help her when it comes to Hobbs's dark side and abuse both physically and verbally. Nellie soon finds that she looks forward to when Hobbs is gone "on business" down the mountain, but she has no friends and is lonely. She tries to make friends, but because of who her husband is, people steer clear of her, afraid of what Hobbs will say or do if they try to be friendly to Nellie. Hobbs controls Black Mountain by striking fear into those that live there. Soon Nellie takes drastic actions to rid herself of Hobbs and his controlling and abusive behavior. This leads to a tangled web of lies, mystery, deception, and whole new starts. Can Nellie really run from her life on Black Mountain? Who are the ghosts she continues to see that seem to be warning her about something? What could they be warning her about? Just how bad of a situation has Nellie gotten herself into by marrying Hobbs?
In my opinion what could make a better book than mystery, hoodoo, ghosts, and murder?! I found myself so enthralled into this book I was up until all hours of the morning reading it to get to the end of the mystery. This book has so many twists and turns it makes you wonder where the truth really does twist in. I had moments of "aaahhhh" in this book where everything just seemed to slide together. I loved this book. I also must admit to having to turn on more than just my reading light when I read it at night. The ghosts and mystery of it all was so creepy at times I thought I heard things in my own room! It was amazing! The story moved along over many years, but not once did I feel it moved too fast or too slow, nor did it ever confuse me. It was an all around great story and very well thought out and written. I think a follow up book or two could very easily be a thought for this author. Not because there were loose ends, but because there were so many great characters that could be worthy of their own, more detailed story. Like Shelly or Iona as they grow up. This is a great mystery, southern fiction, and ghost story all mixed into one. I can't give this book enough praise without giving away too much of the plot or piece of the plot. This is a must read book!
5/5 Stars!!Angie's Angels are Kids and Furkids Here is the link to Angie's site!