FROM LUSH BEGINNINGS TO CREEPY, MYSTICAL HORROR — A REVIEW

In the well-known style of Anne Rivers Siddons, Burnt Mountain begins in the slow, somewhat dreamy way that illustrates Southern life and traditions. I could almost feel the humidity and see the lush trees and old houses that typify Atlanta.

Childhood moments, trauma, and a devastating love affair carry Thayer Wentworth, our primary character, into a love match and marriage with Aengus O’Neill. What begins as a happy love connection turns suddenly, and almost inexplicably, into a dark and mystical horror tale. The magic (and the horror) center on a strange camp with a reputation for turning potential bad boys into well-behaved ones.

What secret events are going on at the camp? And what does any of it have to do with magic and mysticism?

In the beginning, I enjoyed this story and Thayer’s journey from the traditional childhood into independent young womanhood, but moments from the past continue to plague her until the day she learns about a terrible betrayal by her mother. One that changed the course of her life.

I would have enjoyed seeing Thayer confront her mother about what she did all those years ago. Further, I think the story needed a confrontation between Thayer and Aengus. Instead, we see an abrupt end, followed by an epilogue that seems totally too surreal to fit with this story.

I would have given this one four stars until I got to the ending. Therefore, I’m awarding three stars.

 

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7 thoughts on “FROM LUSH BEGINNINGS TO CREEPY, MYSTICAL HORROR — A REVIEW

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  2. Hmmmm, I have a feeling I wouldn’t like this one. I don’t usually think of Anne Rivers Siddons as “dark, mystical and creepy!” My favorite books by her are those that have the great Southern feel. I’ll have to think on this one as to whether I wan to read it. Thanks for the terrific review!

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