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Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga #BookReview

This is our first review from Amanda Rock . Amanda is a freelance writer and just getting started as a horror blogger on her own site . Find her on Twitter as @amanda_reads

Ghosts. Psychics. Murder. Just another day in Donn’s Hill.

Mackenzie Clair needs a fresh start. The death of her father and a broken relationship rendered her old life unlivable. What better place to build a new one than Donn’s Hill, the most haunted town in America and her favorite childhood vacation spot?

But returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. As memories resurface, so does a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead… a power the poltergeist haunting Mac’s apartment is eager to use. 

Aided by her new roommate—a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker—and the ghost-hunting crew of the Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to control her newfound talents. She’d better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can’t divine the truth, Donn’s Hill will never be the same.

Donn's Hill by Caryn Larrinaga

Title: Donn’s Hill (The Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 1)| Author: Caryn Larrinaga | Publisher: Twisted Tree Press | Pub. Date: April 5, 2019 | Pages: 290 | ISBN: 978-0-9990200-3-6 | Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense | Content Warnings: None | Language: English | Source: Received a copy from the author for review consideration | Starred Review

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Donn’s Hill Review

If you’re looking for a lighthearted and compelling mystery, you’ll enjoy the time you spend in Donn’s Hill.  Mac and her kitty sidekick, Striker, are excellent company.

I gleefully devoured Donn’s Hill in two days. Larrinaga’s friendly, conversational tone made this book a joy to read. Not only did she write funny dialogue, she masterfully crafted frightening and gruesome scenes laden with suspense.  

Donn’s Hill sorta reminded me of Hallmark movie. This could be good or bad, depending on the reader. The plot relies on quite a few lucky coincidences. The main character was resilient and perky, but the rest of the characters felt one-dimensional. Some parts of the book were totally unbelievable. I can suspend belief enough to accept Mac regained her psychic abilities when she moved to the most-haunted town in America, but I cannot accept that burning sage will vanquish poltergeists. I’ve seen Poltergeist. 

Easily eliminated poltergeists aside, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Donn’s Hill. Striker, Mac’s cat, is a big part of this book’s charm. The cat is adorable, and her dialogue with the cat was really fun to read. Cozied up with a spiked hot chocolate, a purring cat in my lap, and the Yule log roaring on TV, a visit to Donn’s Hill was the kind of escape I’d been craving. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Donn’s Shadow. I’m anxious to revisit this haunted little town and see what Mac and Striker are up to. 

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One Comment

  1. Since this is a first review, I wanted especially to favorably note the comparison to Hallmark movies. Like them or not, this tells the reader of the review quite a bit about whether they might like this book or not, and without spoilers!

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