COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Cusp of Night,” BY AUTHOR, Mae Clair, @MaeClair1

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About this Book

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 surviving a car accident that nearly killed her, Maya Sinclair moves to Hodes Hill, Pennsylvania. She decides to rent an old brownstone close to where Charlotte Hode was murdered over a century ago.

Maya is still haunted by the time she spent in the Aether, hovering between life and death in a reality where souls with unfinished business lingered. Now, she finds her perceptions altered, opening the doors to her own clairvoyance.

It doesn’t take long for the house to connect with its new occupant. When the clock reaches, 2:22 am known as the cusp of night, terrifying noises explode from the walls of the house. Eventually, Maya recognizes a figure from the Aether… what could it mean?

In a city where the people refuse to let go of the past, the night of the annually celebrated Fiend Festival finally arrives. The townsfolk dress up in costumes to resemble the terrifying creature that murdered Charlotte Hode all those years before. However, this year is different. Something is out there, and it’s killed again!

It turns out that Hode’s Hill sponsored the spiritualist movement of the Nineteenth century in the form of the Blue Lady, a blue-skinned spiritualist who perpetrated a scam against unsuspecting townsfolk. Now, she uses Maya’s sensitivity to the Aether to carry out her task.

Clair skillfully incorporates the tragic story of Lucy Strick, the Blue Lady, with that of Maya Sinclair bringing the past into the future in a story that was so riveting I couldn’t it put this book down.

The author also displays a rare command over language that’s unique. Her vivid descriptions and settings put me in the story, as if I’d experienced the events myself. I’ll never look at my watch at 2:22 am again!

Maya Sinclair is the type of heroine I like the most. She’s flawed, but in a way that makes her seem multidimensional and very human. This town is full of characters, which makes the story even more realistic. The Hode family contains some despicable figures, but Collin Hode teams up with Maya to help solve the mystery of the blue lady.

If I could give this book a rating over five stars, I would. I rarely say that, but this series is exceptional. I’m already reading the second book (End of Day) in the series and have purchased the third book, (Eventide) as well.

If you love mystery and suspense with a healthy helping of the paranormal, you won’t want to miss this series. The first book in the series is the normal price, but the subsequent books are only $.99 each, an excellent value!


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About the Author

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections. 

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats. 

Mae Clair, Amazon Author Page

How to Connect with the Author


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95 thoughts on “COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Cusp of Night,” BY AUTHOR, Mae Clair, @MaeClair1

  1. I very much agree with you, Colleen. Mae is an unparalleled wordsmith. And her ability to weave these timelines together? Sheer brilliance. I’d have given it more than five stars, too. Great review.


    1. Thanks, so much, Staci. I’d read a short story by her a couple years ago and instantly connected with her style. Some writing I don’t connect with in the same way I did with Mae’s. She has a gift! ❤️


  2. I love the entire Hode’s Hill series, particular #1, because … BLUE people! … and #3, because it wrapped up a great series in a super shivery way! Highly recommend this one! Great review, Colleen!


    1. Thanks for adding your thoughts, Marcia. I’m so glad this series resonated with others. It was so compelling to write, and I loved adding my “blue lady” to the mix!


  3. Colleen—wow!—I rarely border on speechless, but your review took my breath away. I am over the moon that you enjoyed my book, and are already digging deeper into the series. Cusp of Night was my first experience weaving two timelines together. I’m so glad the story–and the characters–worked for you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here on your blog. Your review has me doing a Snoopy dance of happiness! 🙂


    1. Mae, I’m a new fan and hooked on your style of writing. The way you describe things – so vivid. The paranormal aspects in these books are so realistic. You have a gift. I’m only happy to read and support you. Excellent series and writing! ❤️


      1. I am beside myself happy, Colleen!! I love writing descriptions, and paranormal elements provide such a great range for me to play with, LOL. Thank you again. I so appreciate your awesome support!


      2. I think we need to do an interview about your inspiration for Hode’s Hill and your amazing imagination. I’ve been struggling with how to bring in the past and present into a story, myself. Now, I can see a path forward. I bet you didn’t think folks would learn from your writing style… but they do. ❤


      3. To think that someone could learn from something I did, is high flattery, Colleen. That makes me feel wonderful! And I would be delighted and honored to do an interview!


      4. Excellent. I want to finish the series so I can highlight the 3 reviews. I should be done by the end of the month. Any Thursday date works for me. Talk about Hode’s Hill and your inspiration for the book. How did you learn to incorporate both time lines in your story? More than anything, aspiring authors want to learn the thought processes of successful authors. Did you use an outline? Did this story just flow from somewhere deep within you? How’s that to get started? ❤


      5. I’m thoroughly jazzed, Colleen. I’m doing a happy Snoopy Dance. I’ve been known to break into them often, LOL. I don’t believe I have your email. Can you contact me at maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com. That way I can send you the post when I have it ready. I’m so excited!!!


    1. Wow! She’s an excellent storyteller. I love how she puts you in the scene with the characters. If you get my blood pumping in a story that is some good reading. I’d say she has a new fan in me, for sure! ❤️


    2. Thanks so much for dropping by to share your thoughts, Craig. I’m so happy Cusp of Night and the Hode’s Hill series has been well received. And Colleen’s review took my breath away!


    1. Deborah… you are going to love this story. I don’t want to give away any details, but the blending of two story lines… past and present – this is what I wanted to learn how to do. Mae does this seamlessly! The second book is as interesting and captivating… hard to do in a series. ❤


      1. Great, I’ve overcome my fear of reading a horror novel (so not my thing) as this sounds far more interesting than outright scary. Plus, Mae assures me it isn’t horrific.


      2. Exactly. We’ve probably read far worse in other paranormal fiction. But Mae’s descriptions are so delicious! I’m not a horror fan. Some Dean Koontz novels did me in. Not my thing. Mae’s books are more thought provoking which I prefer anyway.


      3. Thank you both for those thoughts. Cusp of Night has even been called part cozy. I like weird and goose bumps, but I don’t like outright horror, and that’s how I try to write…strange, and curious, without the terror. That stuff freaks me out, LOL!


      4. That’s me too, Denise… a zombie lover, I’m not. All the blood and gore turn me off. Mae writes more like Dean Koontz, I think. She delves into the strange and unusual. The paranormal aspects are amazing. I love them. ❤


    2. Deborah, that is so wonderful to hear. I hope when it surfaces you enjoy the story. A lot of research went this one, and I loved using what I discovered in the book!


  4. Wonderful review Colleen. Thanks for sharing. I like Mae’s style of writing and how she blends myths into her stories. Looking forward to reading more of her books.


    1. Adele, I am so excited to hear that. I was beyond delight by Colleen’s review, and I hope you enjoy Cusp of Night as much as she did. She really made my day!


  5. I enjoyed the whole series, Colleen. And they get better and better, in my opinion. The last book is particularly masterful. Have fun. I’m excited to hear what you think. 🙂 Congrats to Mae on another great review.


    1. Thanks, Diana. I just told Robbie that I want to write like Mae and you! You both use descriptions to the advantage of your stories. That’s hard to do without bogging down the story, but you both seem to do it so well. ❤


      1. What a lovely compliment. And I agree with you about Diana’s writing. She engrosses me in every scene with her beautiful descriptions!


    2. Diana, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the series, and especially the last book. I really liked wrapping everything up, and it’s great to know it all worked.


  6. Sounds a very interesting book Colleen and your review makes it one I would maybe pick up and read… Having the paranormal and mysterious involved… Being a former member myself of the Spiritual movement.. 🙂
    I could tell you a few hair-raising tales.. lol…. Another day perhaps…

    Thanks for the review Colleen… Much love your way .. Enjoy your weekend.. ❤


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