Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ch The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey | Rating: ★★★★☆

As a note, a printed copy of this novel was sent to me via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

The Curse of Crow Hollow is one of those stories that you find yourself with the desire to curl up in your favorite blanket and indulge in a little story telling. Perfect for the autumn season and a nice cup of something hot to drink–it’s just in the feel of it, you know?

Billy Coffey draws readers into the setting of a small town in the mountains, Crow Hollow; which is a delicious setting and atmospheric tone that hints to what is to come in the story. He sets up something special right away and holds you in his grip until the stories final pages.

Needless to say, readers, that Billy creates a vivid and dark story to tell, with a certain level of character in the narration. I’m not sure what to tell you if you say your skin doesn’t crawl at one point or another in these chapters. Think: southern campfire stories and twists and turns of curses and mystery.


Appalachia as a setting should provide just enough of a hint to how vivid and descriptive this story will be. This little guy is a rare instance where its summary does the novel some serious justice.

It’s very intriguing but at times it can get a little iffy in the paths the story takes. I’m not going to lie to you, sometimes you may lose interest in it but Coffey doesn’t trip over his writing for long because The Curse of Crow Hollow is the sort of story you can read in one sitting and will think of it for the rest of the day.

It’s reminiscent of bedtime stories or campfire tales; a strong voice reading it aloud.

Or, for others: it plays out like a movie in your mind, so alive and clear, and it’s thoroughly unforgettable. Once you get passed slower parts to it, which there are moments as such, you’ll find it impossible to put down.

I’m sure there are some readers who will take an issue with the way the story is narrated, the language and accents may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you can get past this–you’re totally going to find yourself devouring this intriguing novel.

It took me a bit to get into the groove and grow used to it. I’m glad I did, because this was a real treat to read. I couldn’t think of a better day to have read it; cloudy and chilly and just a smudge foggy this morning. It set the perfect tone for my mind.

Younger readers will enjoy the tone that each chapter takes and the amount of teenage angst within. Chop full of suspense and genuine emotion, it’s a delightful spin.

We’re also introduced to a cast of countless characters and surprisingly each of them, their backstories and families, are developed incredibly! You’ll have no troubles getting to know any of them. I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t work, but Billy did a phenomenal job in bringing them all to life.

It’s getting impossible for me to not spoil this one for you guys, so do yourselves a favor and check it out ASAP!

The Curse of Crow Hollow is simply fun, dark, dangerous and captivating. I may be a bit biased considering my interest in novels that feature dark themes as paranormal activity or witchcraft; but this one was SO good and will leave readers feeling surprised and satisfied.

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