A Desolate Hour

A Desolate Hour

by Mae Clair


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Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .

For generations, Quentin Marsh's family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief -the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn't believe in curses either, she's compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin's arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781601837820
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

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A Desolate Hour 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Well - I hated to see this series wrap up - but what a satisfying ending.  I'm a devoted fan of all things supernatural, which is what initially drew me to these books, but even if the supernatural elements were nonexistent, I'd continue to return for the characters.  They're believable, compelling, charming, loathsome, mysterious - for the most part, people you'd meet on the street (maybe not the aliens - but you never know) and enjoy having as friends. If you thought there were no shocking secrets left to be revealed, guess again.  Just another thing I enjoyed about this series - layers upon layers of intrigue coaxing me into reading just a little longer before turning out the light. Combining elements of mystery, suspense, folklore, the supernatural, and a bit of romance, this eerie, atmospheric series would appeal to readers across the board.  Highly recommend!
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
A Desolate Hour is one take on the Mothman story. I didn't realize that this is the third book in Clair's Point Pleasant Series, so I was a bit lost on some things at the beginning of the book. Fortunately, as the story progressed and things started coming together, those things began to make sense and I found myself getting wrapped up in the character's lives. My initial confusion aside, the plot was well thought out and I can only imagine the amount of research that went into the telling of this tale. There are so many theories about the Mothman and Clair certainly weaves a chilling and engaging tale with one such theory. The story does center on Quentin and Susan and their connection to the Mothman legend, but there are also several other characters that are central to the story. In all honesty, every character in this story was interesting - love them or hate them, they all played their part in this tale. Overall, A Desolate Hour is everything I would expect from a Paranormal Suspense novel. It's creepy, chilling, engaging, a bit disturbing at times, and keeps a reader turning the pages to see what will happen next.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Point Pleasant West Va is the setting for this amazing trilogy by Mae Clair! The Desolate Hour is the telling of reincarnation, curses, aliens and love recaptured! The desolate hour is described as the past and present becoming one via a tear in time. Author describes events that took place in 1777 and how they have effected the lives in what is now 1982. Quentin Marsh travels to town in the hopes of researching why twins in his family are jinxed. Sarah Sherman is a genealogist and local history expert making her the key person to help Quentin. Events of 1777 which included Indian and settler murders and black magic are behind the curse placed on the Marsh family. Questions of the Mothman and appearances by prior characters in this series make it a fast paced read. I don't advise reading this as a stand alone; besides why cheat yourself this adventure that has it all! "A copy of this book was provided to me by Kensington Books and author via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my honest opinion."