Daily Review: A Cold Tomorrow by Mae Clair
June 15, 2017
Intricate paranormal and real-life threads are woven into a fascinating tapestry of compelling fiction.
Stopping to help a motorist in trouble, Katie Lynch stumbles upon a mystery as elusive as the Mothman legend that haunts her hometown of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Could the coded message she finds herald an extraterrestrial visitor?
According to locals, it wouldn’t be the first time. And what sense should she make of her young son’s sudden spate of bizarre drawings—and his claim of a late-night visitation? Determined to uncover the truth, Katie only breaks the surface when a new threat erupts.
Suddenly her long-gone ex-boyfriend is back and it’s as if he’s under someone else’s control. Not only is he half-crazed, he’s intent on murder….
As a sergeant in the sheriff’s office of the famously uncanny Point Pleasant, Officer Ryan Flynn has learned to tolerate reports of puzzling paranormal events. But single mom Katie Lynch appears to be in very real danger—and somehow Ryan’s own brother, Caden, is caught up in the madness, too.
What the skeptical lawman discovers astounds him—and sends him into action. For stopping whatever evil forces are at play may just keep Katie and Caden alive…
I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, so whenever I see a book that’s set in or around where I grew up, I check it out. The Point Pleasant series by Mae Clair is set in West Virginia, a mere three-and-a-half hours from where I lived, but I know the area. And Pittsburgh is mentioned a lot in A COLD TOMORROW. (How can I not love a story where Pittsburgh is beating Baltimore in a football game?)
But my love for this story—this series—goes far beyond the locale.
A COLD TOMORROW picks up where A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS left off. The Mothman is still a popular legend—one that actually exists and can communicate with the hero from book one. UFO sightings are ramping up like they did in the 1960s, and with those sightings come animal mutilations, “star $***”, and the inevitable Men in Black.
But these things are just the tip of the iceberg. In A COLD TOMORROW, an incident involving heroine Katie Lynch’s son releases in her repressed memories, ones that directly relate to the situation at hand. The hero, Sergeant Ryan Flynn of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, is skeptical of cryptid lore and UFOs, but he knows something isn’t right—something that puts Katie and his brother in danger. The way the characters and plot developed kept me turning pages into the wee hours of the night.
Mae Clair has written a sequel that, if possible, is even better than the first. Her characters are well developed and feel like hometown neighbors—people you’ve known forever and care for deeply. The complications and plot twists are so engrossing—the details are intricate paranormal and real-life threads woven into a fascinating tapestry of compelling fiction. And the setting and ambiance elevate the whole thing to another level.
This story just reaches out, grabs you, and takes you on a fast and wild ride. I love this series and eagerly await the next installment.
By Debbie Peterson:
Author Mae Clair is a master when it comes to blending mystery, myth, and local folklore with the perfect amount of suspense, thrills and chills. Having read A Thousand Yesteryears, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I couldn’t wait for A Cold Tomorrow. I was not disappointed. Indeed, I couldn’t put it down.
A Cold Tomorrow focuses on Katie Lynch and the unexplained phenomenon that seems to have followed her from childhood into adulthood. Incidents involving phantom sheriffs, men in black, UFO’s, and an ageless being in the guise of the dashing Mr. Evening.
We have a healthy dose of the Mothman too—a creature that won my heart as well as my pity in A Thousand Yesteryears. In A Cold Tomorrow he anchored himself a little deeper as the story revealed even more about this intriguing creature.
The romance between Katie and Sergeant Ryan Flynn is sweet and I found myself rooting for this couple every bit as much as I did Caden and Eve in the first wonderful book of this series. If you enjoy haunting legends, mingled with suspense and mystery, you’ll want to read the Point Pleasant Series! I highly recommend it!
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