The truth hides in dark places . . . Cusp of Night by Mae Clair #Mystery #BookReview @MaeClair1




The truth hides in dark places . . .

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 . . .





A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae loves creating character driven fiction in settings that weave contemporary elements of mystery and suspense with urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania, and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

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My Review

A spooky treat!

Recovering from an accident that almost took Maya Sinclair’s life, she moves to the small town of Hode’s Hill and is immediately swept into an ancient legend. Strange occurrences begin to happen in the home she’s renting, and along with a group of new friends, Maya researches the town’s history and finds a disturbing trail of murder and deceit.

Past and present collide when a young woman turns up dead and one of Maya’s friends is gravely wounded at the hands of a monster known as The Fiend. Research turns up a disturbing connection between The Fiend and Lucinda Glass, the blue lady of Hode’s Hill- a nineteenth century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s home.

Twists and turns abound in this story. The author does a masterful job weaving past and present into a tale of the lengths we can go for unrequited love.

The ending was unexpected and admittedly left me sad, but that’s the goal. Trust me, you don’t want to pass this one up!

Favorite line:

“It’s time to get your ghost on.”

Clair, Mae. Cusp of Night (A Hode’s Hill Novel) (Kindle Locations 3538-3539). Kensington. Kindle Edition.

I give Cusp of Night 5 well-deserved lovely kisses- A Thrilling tale!




37 Replies to “The truth hides in dark places . . . Cusp of Night by Mae Clair #Mystery #BookReview @MaeClair1”

  1. Read and loved this book. She’s a fantastic author, and all her work is engaging, but this one really stuck with me… from the cover to the very last word.

    Great review, Jacquie. And I love that you included a favorite line. (It was a good one!)

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    1. Thanks, Staci. This one resonated with me too, so I’m thrilled it really stuck with you. Thanks for all your support and appreciation of my work.
      I love that Jacquie added that favorite line. Made me smile about the one she chose 🙂

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    2. Yes, that cover drew me from the start! I’ve shared it at my critique group as well. It portrays the feel of the book better than any I’ve come across lately.
      Really enjoyed how she brought everything together in this storyline- an excellent read!

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  2. Hi, Jacquie! Wow, what a delight to find your review today. I’m doing a Snoopy dance here 🙂

    I’m soaring high that you enjoyed the book so much. Thanks for sharing your review. You have me doing cartwheels…..well, imagined ones anyway. I lost the knack for the real thing a few decades ago, LOL.

    Thanks again!

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    1. Lol, I don’t think I could EVER do a cartwheel 🙂
      I’d love to wax on about the cool twists you did in this story, but I don’t want to wreck it for anyone else. Suffice to say, I loved it and BUY THE BOOK!

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  3. Wonderful review, Jacquie. Congrats, Mae! I have your book on my TBR list and look forward to reading it. Thanks, Jacquie, for the lovely post about Mae’s book. Love her books! 🤗 😘

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