Paranormal / Suspense
Date Published: March 31, 2015
The Wraith of Carter’s Mill chronicles five generations of women from the turn of the century to present day. It depicts in startling detail the result of an old curse and the wraith that haunts the family. Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten tell the tale while the fourth shocking segment, Carter’s Mill provides the back-story. It reveals the shameful truth behind a century of sorrow and the curse of revenge that plagues the Carter women.
Zeb, the Carter family patriarch, is a hard, callous man. He runs his thriving
sawmill, farm and family with an iron fist. When he commits an incredible act of cruelty, he ignorantly brings a terrible curse down upon all his kin. Martha Thompsons’ prophecy proves true as the family falls into ruin, and the women pay the price.Almost a century after Zeb’s death, a Carter daughter is born with notable yet uncanny gifts. It will be up to Shyanne to unearth a long buried family secret and set an old wrong back to rights. Will she find a way to lift the curse and banish the accursed wraith that haunts her? If she fails, she risks losing her own little girl to the dark entity forever.
A small North Carolina community, where everyone knows everyone sets the perfect stage for this suspenseful drama. Rich in history and southern culture, The Wraith of Carter’s Mill harkens back to a time when life was simpler, and superstition was part of everyday living.
The women of the Carter family have been cursed for generations, they are able to see spirits, otherworldly beings and sometimes even talk to the dead. The curse seems to intensify through every generation. Beginning with Susie who sees a scary vision on the road near her house when she is a child. Susie then falls into a silence and depression, tormented not only by her vision, but by her sister, Julia. Later, Julia's daughter Libby sees the exact same vision but manages to put it out of her mind until her mother dies and her daughter Shyanne begins to see things, like her deceased aunt Susie. As Shyanne grows, Libby and Shyanne begin to nurture and appreciate the gift. It will be up to Shyanne to figure out the mystery of the curse and free her family.
This story pulled me in from the very beginning. The mystery and the many layered elements of the paranormal kept me interested and increased the suspense, a wraith, a curse, ghosts, hauntings seances and speaking to dead people are just some elements. I also really liked how the different stories were layered through the generations so I got to know each set of women and have successive stories build through that, with each generation adding their own voice and part to the mystery. I also loved the character interviews at the end of each story, I thought this was a really unique way to get different points of view into the situation. Shyanne was the character that we got to know the best and that ties everyone together, she goes on a real journey through the story. Overall, a captivating paranormal story with strong female characters.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
C. Evenfall grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. In many ways, her community was
isolated from the outside world, and time simply stood still. The old ways of “doing things”
surrounded her, and she was both fascinated by the rich history and influenced by it.
As with any such place, the area was rich with ghost lore and old tales of “people done wrong.” C.
Evenfall, a child seen and not heard, hovered as close as she dared, listening to the old stories when
the adults got together talking about old times. She also spent many nights with the sheet pulled
over her head in childish fright.
A paranormal encounter when she was just six years old, experienced by two other people at the
same time, convinced her that ghosts really did exist. C. Evenfall has been seeking answers ever
since. Her fascination with the unexplainable, coupled with her love of history and southern culture and the role women play in both, have inspired her to write The Wraith of Carter’s Mill, a series of novellas. Each inspired by tales from her childhood and the family members who passed them down.
Life has taken her many places, but today, C. Evenfall resides with her husband in the same fishing village where she grew up. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and the outdoors in general. She forgives his skeptics’ dismissal of things that go bump in the night and loves him dearly in spite of it. They complement one another perfectly.
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