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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
With the "profound sense of Southern spirituality" he is known for (Publishers Weekly), Billy Coffey draws us into a town where good and eviland myth and realityintertwine in unexpected ways.
Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper shes insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husbands death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvarettas cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves.
"Coffey spins a wicked tale . . . [The Curse of Crow Hollow] blends folklore, superstition, and subconscious dread in the vein of Shirley Jacksons The Lottery."
Coffey spins a wicked tale . . . [The Curse of Crow Hollow] blends folklore, superstition, and subconscious dread in the vein of Shirley Jacksons The Lottery.
In the first line of the book, Coffeys hillbilly narrator invites his accidental guest (that would be us, the readers) to come on out of that sun and set a spell. The spell is immediate. We are altogether bewitched by the teller, by his lyrical telling and by the tale itself, whose darkness is infernal . . . To Christians and non-Christians alike, this roaring tale will leave a powerful mark.
An edge-of-your-seat, don't-read-in-the-dark book with amazing characters . . . Coffey takes readers on a wild roller-coaster ride without ever going over the top.
TeriNeosho, MOAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Long and drawn outSeptember 23, 2015TeriNeosho, MOAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I read this in the hopes that I could pass it along to my 16 year old son. However, there was too much reference to sexual encounters for me to do so. The story was fairly predictable although it started out pretty exciting. The characters were stereotypical and the plot dragged for me. I knew from the beginning who the narrator was so that wasn't a shock. I don't know, it wasn't horrible but it is not a book I would recommend to just anyone. To me, the author made it seem as though there are not any true Christians and Christ has no more power than the devil. Which is not true at all.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mesmerizing!September 22, 2015SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I hesitated before reading this book because I normally shy away from anything scary. I'm a bit of a wuss, I suppose. But an author I follow and a friend both highly recommended not only this book, but all of Billy Coffey's books. I decided to read the book.
One reviewer said that the book was like Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery' and they were right. I read her story in high school and was mesmerized by it. It was dark and brooding, full of superstition and old folklore. The Curse of Crow Hollow is much the same. The atmosphere is gloomy and dark as if the rest of the world has forgotten this town. They exist unto themselves, a town transfixed and scared of the witch who lives on the mountain. Nobody dares do anything that might disturb or anger the witch. Her hold on the town is a petrifyingly strong one and no one can imagine that Crow Hollow will ever be free again. Alvaretta Graves has cursed them all for all eternity!
But the events of one night of hoped for fun by 4 teenagers set in motion a series of events that will cause the town grave danger. A sickness descends on Crow Hollow and rumors are rampant as to the cause. Maybe Alvaretta's late husband has risen from the dead for revenge. The folks in Crow Hollow must confront the darkness and not only the darkness in the town, but their own dark hearts. And no one is immune to the curses that fall from Alvaretta Graves's mouth.
This book begins well and ends even better. I was completely transfixed and couldn't bear to leave the book for long at a time. Coffey's writing is simply mesmerizing to the reader and his style very true to his roots as a southerner. As a southerner myself, I can identify with some of his descriptions.
Many times I thought I knew what might happen but was proved wrong each time. Nothing is as it seems here in Crow Hollow. The ending is profound and powerful and extremely thought provoking.
This was my first Billy Coffey book, but it certainly will not be my last. I have his others lined up to read. I'm looking forward to them very much.
Literarycat4 Stars Out Of 5Fears come to life.September 9, 2015LiterarycatQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This novel really told a story. It was as if you were sitting next to someone who lived in the town and witnessed all the events happening. I loved that about the book. I loved the theory Hays came up about the curse being the girls' worst fears, that added a new level to the story. I would have liked to see other theories from people in the town. The story revolved around the town trying to figure out how to stop the curse and who's fault it was and how to erase the sins that caused the curse.
I enjoyed the character of John David and Bucky. Bucky starts put as one of the weaker characters but quickly grows into probably the strongest. John David has an air of mystery surrounding his character, you also begin to think he is the one aiding the witch. Overall the story is well written and holds the reader captive. I know I didn't want to put it down.
Overall the story is well written and holds the reader captive. I know I didn't want to put it down. There were elements that I wish were used more such as The Circle and even Alvaretta herself. Again, it was a well rounded book with a lot of information building up the suspense until you find out what Alvaretta is hiding and who has been aiding her. When I read the part of who helped her I honestly uttered "no way," the same with what was hidden within her cabin.
**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. **
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5What happens when evil is ignoredAugust 13, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Coffey's books are almost magical realism. Evil is personified rather than just being a vague concept. Spiritual warfare is depicted as human interaction, making for a very interesting novel to read.
In this novel, evil has come into Crow Hollow. How the evil has arrived and what the citizens of the small town do about it makes up the story. It graphically portrays what happens when evil is not taken care of immediately. It also shows what happens when sins are covered up and hidden for decades. Sometimes we hope that if we just ignore a situation, it will go away. But that didn't work for Crow Hollow. Hiding a serious evil from the past brought devastation in the present.
This novel seemed like an allegory to me. How the people react to evil seemed like how Christians might behave in a spiritual warfare situation. People bickered and accused each other rather than actually fighting the evil. I think I saw that same kind of behavior in a church split once.
Coffey's novel deals with the kind of Christianity, I guess, seen in the hills of Virginia. It was certainly different than what I am used to. I did not like the the use of a narrator to tell the story. I understand the purpose with the twist at the end, but for me, it just did not work.
Reading the novel did give me pause to think about evil and the danger of keeping evil lying around, out of sight. Destruction will be inevitable.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Curse And Coming To Grips With It ThrillerAugust 8, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Billy Coffey in his new book The Curse of Crow Hollow Book Four in the Mattingly series published by Thomas Nelson takes us back to the town of Mattingly.
From the back cover: Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper shes insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husbands death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvarettas cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves.
Crow Hollow is just up the road a ways from Mattingly. When the story begins the town is trying to recuperate from that nights devastation. And then our narrator begins to slowly explain the events that led up to the encounter with Alvaretta Graves. Four teens were trying to have a party, One was emotionally hurt and ran away. When her friends tried to find her they ran into the witchs cabin and she cursed them. The question is was the curse real and is it the cause of the devastation? And that is the reason for reading this book. All I can tell you is that this is a gripping story that will keep you flipping pages late into the night until you finish it. Mr. Coffey does a superb job of making each character come alive so that we feel what they feel. This is a book that will make you think and I look forward to a return to Mattingly.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.