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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Sally Darling Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ballad Novels Release Date: April 1992 ISBN: 9781436126342
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Everyone in Dark Hollow, Tennessee, knew old Nora Bonesteel had “the Sight.” So naturally she was the first to know about the murder-suicide. Four members of the Underhill family lay dead on a run-down farm, and the two children who survived had no one left. Only the minister’s wife, Laura Bruce, was willing to be their guardian.

The grisly case was supposed to be “open and shut,” but it bothered Sheriff Spencer Arrowood. He had this worried feeling that the bad things were far from over at the Underhill’s farm. And he would feel a lot worse if he knew what else old Nora saw: tragedy for Laura Bruce, an elderly man, a young mother, and the kind of dying that would test the courage of the living and a sheriff’s insights into country ways and hearts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting novel of suspense…McCrumb is a born storyteller.”

    Mary Higgins Clarke, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Elegiac…Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic…Like Nora, she plucks the mysteries from people's lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Chilling suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intense and heartbreaking.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “McCrumb portrays people so well it makes your heart ache.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Compelling…Sharyn McCrumb turns serious as she explores death from many angles.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Novel in 1993
  • Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Novel in 1992

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/19/2014

    " This was an fun book, only $.99 on my kindle and well worth is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 2/13/2014

    " I'd read one of her books ages ago, it was about some other characters and I wasn't all that enthralled. This one was different- apparently a series based on old Appalachian balads. It was very good - I don't know whether it is truly classifiable as a mystery, but a very good story, and very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L.S. Hullinger | 2/10/2014

    " My favorite in Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachia series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zacksmom Okon | 2/7/2014

    " McCrumb may be worthy of my top 10 favored authors. However, since this is the first novel I have read - I hesitate to make that statement with utmost sincerity. Enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot; as well as the constant tugging of my heart for several characters. Well done, Ms. McCrumb! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda | 2/1/2014

    " Sharyn McCrumb is one of the few writers that I can think of whose characters are so very real to me. If you ever get a chance to hear McCrumb speak, jump on that chance. She has a wicked wit, a great imagination, and a great ability to weave stories around songs and events and places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/20/2014

    " A complicated plot of a brother and sister, intense but a very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/18/2014

    " her ballad series novels are wonderful. Haunting, memorable and worth a second read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 1/17/2014

    " An engaging book with characters and a plot that keeps you reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice Anderson | 1/16/2014

    " Some good characters but rambles to an unknown ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/9/2014

    " Solid mystery with well-drawn characters. I especially enjoyed the old woman with The Sight, and the two old men's revenge on the paper company executive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/26/2013

    " I love the character Nora Bonesteel, the mountain wise-woman who has the ability to see into the future as well back into the past. This series is my favorite of all of Sharyn McCrumb's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Flusche | 11/3/2013

    " Excellant characterazation, not so much mystery, only one glaring error how does a Mercury turn into a oldsmobile while driving to NC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth (MrsGinTN) | 10/6/2013

    " FBC Category: Book set in my home state "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 9/26/2013

    " A satisfying read with a satisfying end. Not all mysteries need an explanation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelley Tackett | 9/19/2013

    " too many stories being told for one book. And I hate The Judds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cher | 9/7/2013

    " Beautifully written & an interesting tale, but I cannot forgive it for going on for at least 200 pages too long. If it had been edited down, I would have given it 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Lawless | 9/7/2013

    " The first half was slow reading. The pace picked up a bit in the second half. The plot was weak; the subplots were even weaker and didn't really go anywhere or add to the overall story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/1/2013

    " An all time favorite read. Pages are falling out at this point... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 6/16/2013

    " One of my favorites by Sharyn McCrumb. Her mysteries are beautifully written, with characters that haunt you long after you finish reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/23/2013

    " Great characterization and a touching picture of a community apart from the normal American experience. The mystery was not hugely mysterious but I still enjoyed the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 4/21/2013

    " This was an odd story, but for some reason I couldn't quit reading it. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't recommend anyone spend their time on it. Strange, huh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smileywendy | 2/27/2013

    " I was worried at the start of this book, because there are some rather morbid parts. However, I liked the character development, and after learning about some of the folklore that inspired the story, I am intrigued by the interwoven vignettes. A fun book to read at Halloween! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances Kelly | 1/17/2013

    " Good, inasmuch as the setting itself is a "character." Her writing is very good. I'm glad I read it but I don't feel compelled to seek out more of her works. Too many books, too little time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 8/9/2012

    " too unpleasant and not very realistic; love the setting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 6/4/2012

    " One of McCrumb's best mysteries. I love her translations of ballads to novel forms--a style that can be traced back to Maria Edgeworth and Sir Walter Scott. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liane | 6/1/2012

    " I could NOT get through this book no matter how many times I tried to get re-interested in it. The story drags on and on and on..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 2/28/2012

    " Excellent series set in Appalachia mixed with history and mountain lore "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 7/13/2011

    " Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachian novels are very atmospheric. Excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 4/20/2011

    " Excellent series set in Appalachia mixed with history and mountain lore "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2011

    " Loved this story...sad...interesting...and haunting the memory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/26/2011

    " Continuing with this great series of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/24/2011

    " This was an fun book, only $.99 on my kindle and well worth is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liane | 1/24/2011

    " I could NOT get through this book no matter how many times I tried to get re-interested in it. The story drags on and on and on..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 9/11/2010

    " too unpleasant and not very realistic; love the setting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/12/2010

    " Great characterization and a touching picture of a community apart from the normal American experience. The mystery was not hugely mysterious but I still enjoyed the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth (MrsGinTN) | 6/29/2010

    " FBC Category: Book set in my home state "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zacksmom | 6/1/2010

    " McCrumb may be worthy of my top 10 favored authors. However, since this is the first novel I have read - I hesitate to make that statement with utmost sincerity. Enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot; as well as the constant tugging of my heart for several characters. Well done, Ms. McCrumb! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 5/31/2010

    " Some good characters but rambles to an unknown ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/1/2010

    " I love McCrumb's Ballad books, and can't wait for the next one. The sensory details about Appalachia are beautiful, the stories from the past are fascinating, the characters are memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book! It was well-written and a fast read. I love books that are set in Appalachia and this one did not leave me disappointed at all. This book was suspenseful with a surprise ending. It was rich in character and I would recommend it to all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 2/9/2010

    " Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachian novels are very atmospheric. Excellent read. "

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About the Author
Author Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, If I Ever Return, and many more acclaimed novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and she has been honored for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature. Her awards include Best Appalachian Novel, the Agatha, and the Anthony as well as the Edgar Award and the Nero Award. McCrumb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and holds an MA in English from Virginia Tech.

About the Narrator

Sally Darling, a graduate of Wellesley, made her professional debut as Anna in The King and I with members of the original Broadway cast. She worked with Katherine Houghton in a production of Murder in the Cathedral performed in the chapel at West Point Military Academy. As a director, she has workshopped productions of musicals slated for Broadway. She has directed numerous regional productions and has created several revues. She is also an acclaimed audiobook narrator.