Happy Friday! Time for another book tour today!
Thanks to Blackstone Publishing and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review and tour spot
THE CABIN ON SOUDER HILL – Lonnie Busch (Released September 29th, 2020)
Michelle and Cliff Stage bought their isolated vacation cabin in the mountains of North Carolina with hopes of repairing their eighteen-year marriage. But when Cliff disappears one night searching for the source of a mysterious light in the woods, Michelle’s life will change in unimaginable ways. After the sheriff’s department fails to find him, Michelle scrambles down the same dark mountainside alone, the strange, beckoning light her only guide.
What she discovers is a cabin, identical to theirs, housing a life she barely recognizes — and a husband she hardly knows. Cliff is a changed man. Now caring and considerate, no longer a manipulative womanizer, he is also missing a finger. He claims that Cassie, their teenage daughter, is dead, killed in a car accident over a year ago. Michelle knows that’s not possible — Cassie had phoned her from Atlanta only hours before. Even when shown Cassie’s grave, Michelle refuses to accept she’s gone.
Michelle wants her daughter and her life back, and the only clue to what has happened is a man named Pink. A real estate agent and the man who years earlier built Michelle and Cliff’s cabin, Pink was rumored to have killed his wife and buried her on the property then vanished never to be seen again. But in Michelle’s new reality, Pink and his wife still reside in town and Pink’s smile-splashed billboards are everywhere. To get back to the world where her daughter exists, Michelle must unravel the mystery of Pink while questioning her very reality — and her sanity. Haunting, atmospheric, and deeply thought-provoking, The Cabin on Souder Hill questions the very nature of our existence and the choices we make to form it.
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
Not only does THE CABIN ON SOUDER HILL have a stunning cover, but it was also a very unique and interesting story to read. I’m still trying to fully gather my thoughts on it because I would say I’m very middle ground on it. While I liked the originality and unique story, there were still some parts that dragged for me and didn’t quite work. I know this will be one that divides a lot of readers, and honestly, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
When Michelle and her husband Cliff go to a secluded cabin to get away, some strange things begin to happen. One night, Cliff sees mysterious lights coming from the woods. So naturally, he had to go investigate. Cliff goes missing and Michelle is determined to find him. Following the same mysterious lights into the woods, Michelle comes across a cabin that is eerily similar to their own. Something isn’t quite right though. Almost everything as she knew it is completely opposite and she is desperate to get their lives back to normal.
A cabin in the woods, witchcraft, incest, multiple realities, and more. This book is hard to describe and I think it will work for some readers. If you want a unique thriller/mystery/suspense then I think this will be perfect for you. I would definitely pick up more from Busch in the future to see what other unique premise he’ll bring us next.
About the Author:
Lonnie Busch is an award-winning author whose work has also appeared in Southwest Review, the Minnesota Review, the Baltimore Review, and others. His awards include the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize, finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, and the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. He is also a painter, illustrator, and animator who has created artwork for many companies, including the ”Greetings from America” stamps and ”Wonders of America” for the USPS.
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