5 STARS for THE WRAITH OF CARTER’S MILL
Reviewed By Amanda Monell for Readers’ Favorite
“The Wraith of Carter’s Mill” by C. Evenfall is a story filled with suspense, horror, and most importantly, family. Set in rural North Carolina, the book opens with young Julia who meets up with a wraith. Later, we find out that the same creature plagues her daughter Libby and her granddaughter Shyanne, as well the origins of the creature, which is told in the second half of the book. As a child, Shyanne discovered that she had inherited the family gift of seeing and talking to the dead and later uses this gift to help spirits find peace. The wraith remains ever present, lurking in the shadows. Will the wraith continue to haunt Shyanne?
Wow. Just wow. I can’t get over how amazing “The Wraith of Carter’s Mill” by C. Evenfall is as a read. This haunting tale is mixed with the warmth and charm of the south, along with moments of pure terror. The setting is so immersive that you feel as if you are there, walking with the characters. The storytelling is masterfully crafted, starting with the contemporary encounters of the wraith and finishing with those who summoned it, making the series come full circle. I am so grateful that this was a collection of novellas instead of just one of them, because I would be waiting anxiously for the next volume. I have absolutely no words to say how much I loved this book. I cannot wait to see what other literary journeys C. Evenfall has in store for us.
As an author, I am finally beginning to fully comprehend the importance of reviews…and not just any reviews, and not just positive reviews either. Readers shop by reviews, I know that because I am an avid reader and I rely upon reviews by other readers to help me select my next read. Bottom line is that reviews sell books!
But what about ratings ? Ratings appear next to titles and they can entice a reader into looking at the actual reviews or passing the book by. The sad thing is that a poor rating is NOT always accompanied by a review, an explanation from the reader why he or she did not like the work.
Good reviews are reviews that explain why a reader enjoyed or did not enjoy a book, and the rating coincides with the reader’s comments whether the review is positive or not! I am reminded by the reviews of a book by one of my favorite authors. Because her new work was different from what her fans had grown to expect from her, she received a mix of good and bad reviews, high and low ratings. I bought the book anyway, and enjoyed it very much because it is her story-telling style that makes me a fan of her work. Strangely enough, the “bad” reviews helped me to make the decision because the reviewers were conscientious enough to leave comments explaining their poor ratings.
Reviews are for readers, not authors, although we use them for various purposes and ALWAYS hope for good ones, and get excited when we receive them. After all, don’t we all enjoy a good pat on the back? Reviews are a reader’s opportunity to share their own personal and unique opinion with the world and help other readers make choices. Although reviews help sell books, that is not their purpose. A well written, conclusive review, whether your experience was positive or negative, is invaluable to your fellow readers.
So read on and by all means, tell the world what you think!
C. Evenfall is the author of The Wraith of Carter’s Mill series available now in paperback at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1503205096 and in Kindle edition at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VIU9YKS
One of the members of the editing/proofreading team for The Wraith of Carter’s Mill, Kathleen B. sent us this wonderful evaluation. her comments were unprompted and unpaid…just a very nice surprise.
“Not being much of a ghost story fan, generally speaking, I was thoroughly intrigued with WCM. As a child I liked ghost stories, but I havn’t read one in I can’t remember how many years. This series of stories, compiled into one book, as it should be to maximize its punch, drew me into the Carter family, their connections and their lives, that surreptitiously unfold. I was definitely hooked by Book 2, The Guardians. This is a story that cannot be put down easily. I was extremely impressed with the way C. Evenfall slowly reveals the plot to her readers through glimpses of the conclusion, which is Book 4, Carter’s Mill, the actual beginning of the story, one scene at a time until the reader grasps the reality of the story yet still doesn’t have its entirety-and knows it! One must keep reading to glean the full story! It is an extremely engaging style with wonderful character development, which is also stealthily revealed, especially in the case of Julia, when we learn why she is a villain of a mother. What redemption! C. Evenfall is a true storyteller with great depth.”
The Wraith of Carter’s Mill continues the saga of the Carter women. In addition to the three original tales, Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten, formerly available in Kindle format, this assembly contains the final, shocking segment. Carter’s Mill answers questions about the origin of the Wraith and explains its bond to the Carter family. It reveals the shameful truth behind the curse that plagues them.
Finally available at Amazon in paperback format, this compilation contains the entire series in addition to bonus material not formerly included with the first three novellas making it a great value. Author/character interviews and pages from the Carter Family Bible bring the story together and flesh out the characters, making them unforgettable.
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