The Woods of Hitchcock
The Woods of Hitchcock by award-winning author Ann W. Jarvie is a thriller about a psychically gifted Chicago copywriter and victim of violence who returns to South Carolina's equestrian country to solve a riddle involving murder, the metaphysical and the secrets of her eccentric family.
Suzanne Clayborn is a psychically gifted southerner working in her dream job in Chicago, which also conveniently takes her away from the ghosts of her past. But when she's nearly killed, she realizes all she wants is to return home to her eccentric family, her horse and the one place she feels safe: Hitchcock Woods, an enchanting equestrian forest in South Carolina.
But instead of finding solace, Suzanne becomes entangled in a murder spree, while stumbling upon an old manuscript, written by her sage grandmother. As she explores it, Suzanne uncovers a tome of long-buried family haunts and ancient metaphysical secrets offering healing and inspiration. She also begins to understand her unwanted psychic abilities, especially after meeting a mysterious stranger in the Woods whose ominous riddle suggests others close to her will die within the week...
Brimming with raw emotion and a trail of psychological twists, a story of hope and transformation begins to unfold. Yet with the riddle's deadline looming, Suzanne's present must ultimately collide with a violent past. Will she be able to solve her life's riddle and fulfill her destiny? Or will she die along with those she loves?
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Suzanne Clayborn is a successful copywriter working in an advertising agency in Chicago. When she and their administrative assistant Jill almost died in an explosion in their workplace, she returned home to recuperate. Suzanne is from Aiken, South Carolina, and she always found solace with her horse, Misty. They love to ride in Hitchcock Woods, an enchanted forest. Suzanne also had the gifts of being an empath and a psychic, although she did not embrace them. She had seen ghosts over the years, but she asked them to go away. When tragic events followed her to the South, it seemed that somehow the explosion and two murders in Aiken were connected. Her grandmother Henrietta provided sage wisdom and healing support to her. In the suspenseful novel, The Woods of Hitchcock: A Thriller, crafted by Ann W. Jarvie, several mysteries converge.
One of the most fascinating aspects featured in this work is the metaphysical information, including Native American beliefs, visits from spirit beings, healing energies, and more. Henrietta shared her knowledge with Suzanne, as it was now time to pass this information on to her. Interestingly, she also had had stressful relationships with narcissistic men, just as Suzanne experienced. Likewise, there is a character with a complex mental health diagnosis, adding a psychological perspective to the plot. The author’s style of writing flows smoothly, even when new characters and facts are interwoven into the tale. Author Ann W. Jarvie has written a complex and intriguing novel in The Woods of Hitchcock: A Thriller. An engaging read from the first page to the last!