The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

the storycatcher

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Summary from Goodreads:

 Shelly Parker never much liked Faith Dobbins, the uppity way that girl bossed her around. But they had more in common than she knew. Shelly tried to ignore the haints that warned her Faith’s tyrannical father, Pastor Dobbins, was a devil in disguise. But when Faith started acting strange, Shelly couldn’t avoid the past—not anymore.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning author Ann Hite beckons readers back to the Depression-era South, from the saltwater marshes of Georgia’s coast to the whispering winds of North Carolina’s mystical Black Mountain, in a mesmerizing gothic tale about the dark family secrets that come back to haunt us.



Secrets don’t die with the deceased. Sometimes the deceased stay around to help the living see the secrets.

Shelly Parker has a gift. Or maybe it’s more of a curse. She can see and hear people who have died. The deceased speak to Shelly- give her warnings. It’s not an easy gift to have and sometime Shells feels uncomfortable. But the spirits persist, the communicate to Shelly because she needs to know the secrets. Shelly’s gift can save people, help people- a mighty big job for a young lady. Shelly, as a worker for Pastor Dobbins, knows about his temper and bad side. But does she know all there is to Pastor Dobbins? She will. A spirit will make sure of that- for her sake as well as for others.

When Faith (a girl Shelly has never cared for), Pastor Dobbin’s daughter, begins to act strange- Shelly wonders why. She does not have to wonder long, as she soon realizes that a spirit is using Faith to tell a story- a secret that she took to her grave. It’s a story that Shelly needs to learn, a secret that needs to be revealed. Together, Faith and Shelly, two unlikely allies, must find out the secrets- even the secrets that are almost too painful to reveal.

Set in Depression-era South, Faith, Shelly and the spirits take the reader on a journey- a journey where much will be revealed.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts

This is my first Ann Hite book. Through talk of my blog friends, I had heard praises of Ann Hite’s previous work, Ghost on Black Mountain, and was told to request The Storycatcher as soon as it was available for review. The Storycatcher, while not a direct sequel from my understanding, is a sequel of sorts for Ghost. Perhaps that was part of the problem- since I had not read the first book. While the language and the descriptions were wonderful, I felt not connected to the book as I had anticipated. I think, for me, there were quite a few characters and a timeline that changed- which normally I do like. However, it took longer for me to catch on in this book. Lastly, and this is no reflection of the book itself, my e-ARC copy suffered from many problems- I was unable to see what appeared to be a map and possibly a family tree- which, after looking through other reviews, would have come in handy for character organization.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, because the writing was quite interesting. Ann Hite’s phrasing and descriptions are something different, something that is worth checking out. For me, I plan to revisit Ann’s world- however, this time I will be visiting her in paperback (and keeping track of the characters on a sheet of paper!)


*This copy was requested through Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


2 thoughts on “The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

    • I want to re-read this after I read the first one b/c I liked- did not LOVE. However, I’m willing to say that I was in a funky time of reading (nothing was AHHHH! Everything was just ok/good) and the darn map. Lord, the map- it caused me gray hair and eye wrinkles trying to get the map to show. Ann’s books appear to be the kind better enjoyed in paper format.

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