Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .
After reading Mae Clair’s Point Pleasant series, I seriously wondered how she could possibly top it. Yet, while still my favourite, the Hode’s Hill series proves just as promising.
Clair’s adaptation of her research into spiritualism and the defective generation skipping gene that makes one’s skin blue is nothing short of genius. The result being Cusp of Night… another epic urban tale written in true Clair fashion.
The mystery is explored in two different timelines which makes perfect sense with the backdrop of spiritualism both as a concocted act and real. Clair does this skilfully making it very easy to follow.
The amount of detail and realism in the story makes the reading feel familiar… I suggest you don’t read it in an empty stomach as I found myself desiring many dishes and at one point reached out for the pretzels and sour cream and chive dip!
My other suggestion is: Don’t read it in the early morning hours. Pray you’re not awoken at 2:22am. And, watch out for the fiend!