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Summary

As the Korean War ends, practical and well-mannered army nurse Corinne Ford returns stateside to live in the Mississippi town of Conroy with her new fiancé, Private First Class Elijah Dunne. She wonders if their love is strong enough to overshadow their differences, but upon her arrival to Elijah's backwoods stomping grounds, she understands that culture shock is the least of her worries.

After four good ol' boys are attacked in the night while seeking to terrorize a local black family, decades of buried secrets begin to rise. From Conroy's most powerful citizen - known as "the Judge" - to the man Corinne intends to marry, no one is innocent. Yet the deepest secret of all involves the beautiful, cruel, and dead Miss Ruby. The former belle of Conroy, and Elijah's lost love, is neither forgotten nor truly gone. But her death is only the beginning of a slow vengeance that won't stop until its hunger is satisfied.

©2015 J. D. Horn (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Holly C. Salley
  • 23-07-16

Southern Gothic Horror

I really enjoyed this book. It was a classical horror novel with a modern twist. Imagine Salem's Lot crossed with The Witching Hour as told by Flannery O'Connor.

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  • S. Love
  • 21-11-17

A Fantastic Read and Performance!

I didn't want this story to end! Thanks for an excellent book and a most excellent vocal delivery!

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  • Carole Wooten
  • 19-09-18

Some parts were better than others

This was an okay read for me. I have had this book for a long time but never got around to reading it for one reason or another. I decided to give the audiobook a try and think that it was a good choice. I really didn't know a lot about the book before I got started with it and ended up rather surprised by the subject matter. It was a good surprise. This was a book that I ended up liking some parts much more than others but am glad I picked it up.

This book is set right after the Korean War in the small town of Conroy. The book does include quite a few points of view and I found it a bit hard to keep up at times. Once I realized there was a vampire in the book, I felt a bit of a thrill since I had no idea this book would include anything out of the ordinary. I liked that the vampire in this story isn't sparkly or sexy. This is a dark evil kind of vampire.

I wasn't really too much of a fan of the characters in this book. The only two characters that appealed to me at all was Corinne and Ruth. There were some pretty horrible characters in this book. Elijah's mom was dreadful on really every level. The judge was equally horrible but had control over much of the town. Really everyone besides and Corinne and Ruth were just awful but I do think that was as the author intended it to be.

Despite not liking most of the characters, I was curious about how everything would work out in the story. There are a lot of hidden secrets in the town of Conroy and it was very eye-opening when they were revealed. There were parts of the story that really had me at the edge of my seat but I felt that the book was rather uneven at times.

Angela Dawe did a great job with the narration. This book had a large cast of characters and I thought she did a great job with all of them. I thought that she added a lot of excitement to the story and I found it quite easy to listen to the book for hours at a time. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work.

I am glad that I gave this book a try. I think that a lot of readers will enjoy this story a bit more than I did. I would definitely read more from J.D. Horn in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Amazon Publishing - 47th North via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from Kindle Unlimited.

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  • Java mama
  • 27-07-18

Ugh narrator

Having trouble getting through this terrible narrator. Every sentence sounds like an emergency and something terrible is gonna happen. Every. Single. Sentence. Groan..

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-07-18

Daek but great tale

Dark, but would love to hear more about the characters, the town and the story.

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  • tawandasue
  • 22-01-18

ehh!

I really had high hopes for this book. He is other Series were very good.

Maybe a book 2?

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  • Kim S.
  • 30-03-16

Very Interesting!!

Would you listen to Shivaree again? Why?

Yes, I enjoyed the whole book....it kept me guessing and wondering what would happen next.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shivaree?

When the Judge died...

What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked her voice and how she gave all the characters their own voice and attitude.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ruby had the Doctor held, awaiting the Judge to wake up saying he would be hungry. whether or not the Doctor killed himself before that happened. I liked him until Ruby told us what he had done to Dillon.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed all J. D. Horn's books....

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  • Annette Wooley
  • 12-03-16

shivaree

I enjoyed this book very. This is my kind of book. The author is a very good man

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