This is going to be so good! And that cover….
The Woods of Hitchcock (The Henrietta Series) by Ann W. Jarvie released in October in the Thriller, Psychological Suspense genre.
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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For Suzanne, the Woods possessed a special nurturing power, awesome and quiet, that was able to draw an assemblage of friends, neighbors and varied strangers, bonding them together at the level of heart, horse and hound like no other place on earth. Even the forest’s subcultures held her respect and fascination with their vast mini-universes, pulsating with life. The fuzzy caterpillars were already nesting in their massive weblike tree tents, as silent as seeds sprouting, dreaming of their aerial futures. Carolina lizards were guarding their stands of shrubs from the moist bunkers of leaf mold and fallen bracken. Honeybees worked on the pollen of azaleas under nutrient-rich pine needles, swaying and green. The staccato knocks of the pileated woodpecker mixed with the intermittent calls of cardinals and blue jays, while the lulling songs of warblers carried weightlessly on an ethereal stream of a humid wind.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ann W. Jarvie has a B.A. in journalism and twenty-five years’ experience as a writer in advertising and public relations agencies, in Chicago and South Carolina. Although it stands completely on its own, The Woods of Hitchcock is an indirect sequel to Jarvie’s award-winning debut novel, The Soul Retrieval, which received four literary awards, the highest score by Writer’s Digest e-Book Awards’ judges (5 out of 5 on all points) as well as myriad positive reviews. Jarvie currently lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband, their boxer dog and boxer mix rescue.
Can you tell us about the secondary characters in the book?
Yes, thank you, Viviana. Since my new release, The Woods of Hitchcock, is set primarily in South Carolina, I wanted to create secondary characters in the tradition of memorable southern fiction, meaning I wanted them to be colorful, complex, good-humored and unforgettable.
An example and one of my favorite secondary characters in The Woods of Hitchcock is Henrietta, who plays the sage grandmother and mentoring role to my protagonist Suzanne Clayborn. Henrietta does this by sharing keen insights, humorous observations and “ancient metaphysical truths worth repeating” that she learned from an old friend and Apache shaman, Bears Repeating. Henrietta was the young protagonist and Bears Repeating was her mentor in my first novel, The Soul Retrieval; however, both of these novels stand completely on their own.
Another secondary character I love in The Woods of Hitchcock is Suzanne’s father, JJ, who appears superficial, obsessed with expensive thoroughbreds, and lacking in any heroic qualities. But later he shows remarkable psychological depth and good humor just when Suzanne least expects it. The most hilarious southern expressions come out of the mouth of Suzanne’s mother, Lita, and some readers might think I was being overly comical with her. But Lita is a true composite of some of the finest, most generous and funniest southern women I have known. She tickles me to death, as we say in the South.
Suzanne worries about her parents as well as all of the other secondary characters in The Woods of Hitchcock. These include some intriguing ghostly figures, romantic interests of the protagonist, those you might guess to be a killer or become the victims of the story’s murder mystery. But I’ll have to leave it there, because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Thanks again, Viviana, for having me as a guest and for asking about some of my favorite “people.”
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