Part ghost story, part powerful sweeping epic, Ghost on Black Mountain is a powerful debut which launches a bright new voice in Southern fiction.
Meet the women of Black Mountain and the one man that ties them all together…
I married Hobbs Pritchard without noticing he was a spell conjured into a man—a walking, talking, ghost story. He took me up Black Mountain and it was there I learned sometimes good and bad get mixed together so well a person can’t tell the difference until it’s too late.
I fell deeply in love with Hobbs as if some hoodoo was put on me. Then Miss Nellie came into our lives and changed everything.
Hobbs Pritchard was like a spoiled potato at the bottom of the barrel. But my daughter Nellie didn’t believe me. Something stunk to high heavens, something rotten. Eventually I’d find out what it was…
I got me this gift—restless souls line up to get my notice no matter what I’m doing. Daddy warned me not to have nothing to do with the Pritchards. Some things in life just can’t be avoided and getting mixed up with Nellie was one of them.
Mama told me the same bedtime story each night. She told it with such detail I was sure Hobbs and Nellie were real. But they were just characters in a tale spun to keep me in line. They were my moral compass. Or so I believed…
Haunted and healed by ghosts of the past in surprising and unexpected ways, the women of Black Mountain experience their amazing journeys at the hands of talented story weaver Ann Hite.
I was told that before I started reading this, that this was the type of book any debuting author dreams of. It is the type of book that you can't wait to read and once you get the chance to, it is all you are thinking about. It is the type of book you can't put down, you just plan on reading on chapter and before you know it hours have passed and that one chapter has turned into seven.
I know because of this, the book is currently circulating around our work place, passing from eager hand to the next with great anticipation and I do agree, it is a well written book.
Ecspecially for the first.
The only thing that put me on the fence and distinguished it from being a very good book and just a well written book was the fact that it was written in five short stories through the voices of five women that the event caused altering life styles.
I have never been a fan of short stories myself and that is probably why this is not one of my favorite books to read. It was as if I was just getting involved in the story and the charachter and it would switch it up. Jumping from one person to the next and leaving me with questions and the want for more. I would have rather this had been a series with five different books detailing how it changed their lives.
For fans of short stories this is an excellent read that, once finished, is summed up brilliantly. But for long reader's like myself it can be excedingly frustrating.
And left me wanting more, which could possibly be the point as you never know, this could have been the teaser book for the start of a budding author's carerer.
3.5 Stars (So-So For me)