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Beware the Wild - Natalie C. Parker

From the cover to the title to the blurb, I was so excited to start reading this book. The tone immediately reminded me of "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", the creepy, haunting, southern kind of story that sticks with you long after the last page has been turned.

As with "Devil", the sense of place was fantastic. It evoked memories of my visit to the swamps of new Orleans, the heat of the summer, the smell of the murky water. The characters are also very well developed. I particularly liked Lenora May, although I do wish we got a better picture of her origins and her life before The Shine. Candy was another favorite, winning me over with her unyielding stubbornness and fierce personality.

The plot moved along at a good pace and kept me turning pages as fast as I could. Some of the twists were at times a bit predictable, but overall it was a fantastic story. Being snowed in right now, a creepy southern summer story was exactly what I needed.

I would recommend this book to fans of ghost stories, local legends/superstitions, and southern/Creole fiction. If you loved "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", you’re sure to gobble this up.