Book Review – Eventide (A Hode’s Hill Novel) – Mae Clair

How remiss of me!! I’m working on my new Book Reviews page on my site, and I realised that though I read (and enjoyed) Mae Clair’s Eventide some months ago, I neglected to post a review! Bad Jess!

Well, to rectify that error, please enjoy my review of Eventide – A Hode’s Hill Novel – by Mae Clair

Eventide (A Hode's Hill Novel Book 3) by [Mae Clair]Eventide (gorgeous title) is the 3rd book in the Hode’s Hill series; a book that wraps up the ensemble cast of characters who reside in Hode’s Hill, most of whom have been appearing since Book 1, Cusp of Night.

Fittingly, this installment places previous minor character, Madison Hewitt, in the spotlight. Clair’s third enigmatic female protagonist of this paranormal/thriller series is perhaps the best written, and most enjoyable to read of all three leads. With a horrendous backstory in tow, it would have been easy for Clair to turn Madison into a victim, but she comes across as a strong, independent woman (albeit with questionable taste in men!), who isn’t afraid of anything as minor as a haunted house! I really enjoyed Madison’s gumption.

Aside from having a well-rounded main character and great supporting cast, Clair delivers us a plot full of twists and turns, and (my personal favourite bit), part of the plot set back in the 1800s. As usual, Clair deftly weaves the 1800s plot into the present-day narrative, tosses in a few red herrings, and ties everything together with a paranormal coloured bow!

Perhaps my only critique of Eventide is that there was no traditional Mae Clair ‘whodunnit’ theme this time around. I didn’t have to bite my fingernails down to the nubs trying to figure out who was the fiend, or the blue lady (etc). Having said that, there were still surprises throughout (the mystery of the cistern and its contents, for one!) and the narrative set a cracking pace.

Eventide is a very well crafted story, befitting the name Mae Clair, and one I thouroughly enjoyed. I can highly recommend it.

32 thoughts on “Book Review – Eventide (A Hode’s Hill Novel) – Mae Clair

    1. Aside from being a fabulous writer, she’s just about the nicest person you could ever meet too. And I really loved how Eventide tied the threads of the Hode’s Hill characters all together. (Fan girl moment when ALL the past characters got together for the party πŸ™‚ )

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  1. I’m a huge fan of Mae and her books, and I thoroughly enjoyed Eventide and the Hodes Hill Series. It’s great to see such a lovely review today. Thanks, Jessica, and so pleased you enjoyed the read too πŸ™‚

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    1. Indeed I did! I’ve said to Mae before that her forays into the past in these books are my favourite bits. I would SO love to see her do an entire novel set in the 1800s. I’d devour that one up πŸ™‚

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Hode’s Hill series, too, but Eventide was my favorite. It “scairt me pretty good,” as we southerners sometimes say. πŸ˜€ And I’ll never forget that I learned about blue people in this series, which was something I’d never, ever heard of before.

    I also have to agree with Teri about the covers. Perfectly designed and spooky as all get out!

    It’s great to see Mae and her work featured here today, Jessica. Thanks! Sharing! πŸ™‚

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    1. My pleasure, Mae. It was such a great way to wrap up Hode’s Hill. Especially poor Madison who had such a rough trot earlier on. I wouldn’t mind seeing Dante pop up in other novels though, just saying πŸ™‚


    1. I was very partial to Cusp of Night (fiends!) but this one gave great closure for people like Madison and even Jillian who had to ‘let go’ of mothering Madison. Plus, I loved the house in this one – no wonder Madison didn’t want to give it up!

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