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Bayou Whispers Paperback – April 29, 2021
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"Bayou Whispers is a haunting, touching novel that blends the horrors of everyday life with that of the supernatural. Tapping into the tension and setting of films like Angel Heart and True Detective, this is a hypnotic story told from a place of loss, community, and resolute hope."--Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration and Thriller Award nominee, Breaker
"Wood's Bayou Whispers is a sublime cocktail of horror, supernatural thriller, and urban fantasy, where the mythos of voodoo clashes with the modern day. Fans of Jim Butcher and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will love this."--Todd Keisling, author of Devil's Creek
"The secrets in BAYOU WHISPERS unwind like a line of music. But it's the music that plays just before the monsters jump out."--Sarah Read, Stoker award-winning author of The Bone Weaver's Orchard
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (April 29, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1637529902
- ISBN-13 : 978-1637529904
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.58 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Deanna K Zier on May 23, 2021
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Author: R. B. Wood
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Release date: 29th April 2021
The prologue to this novel starts Halloween 2005, just two months after Katrina and a devastated New Orleans.
Jeannine, a skinny, torn and limping teen, staggers in front of a patrol car and is scooped up by Officer Curtis Jones, who sits vigil at the hospital as she’s treated.
It’s Jones who has to sign for an amputation of her leg and sit by her bedside as there’s no one else to support her.
That’s when he hears her screams “Papa Nightmare”.
At Dismas Parish: Present Day
Curtis Jones is just shy of sixty and eking out a semi-living in a ‘krewe’ of ex military misfits who do what they can to survive. But now he needs Jeannine’s help; her help as a lawyer.
There’s a lot to say now know in this novel and though there are a couple of issues - mostly that there is too much going on - it’s a great debut that captures the heart and soul of N’Orleans life, whilst delivering realistic and atmospheric depictions of voudon, bokors, ghosts and other supernatural elements.
Zombie fans will be happy there are many and in the traditional Haitian mode not 28 Days Later style.
However the thing that makes the book sing is the diverse and unique characters; from Charley, to Curtis to Easy Street, Papa Nightmare the houngan and Jeannine herself.
She is a standout hero; strong, talented, powerful and smart. She’s a mixed race woman who has fought a traumatic past to qualify as a lawyer and right wrongs in real life and the supernatural.
The book rattles along at an incredible pace and the difficult scenes are handled with a sense of respect.
A vibrant, fun read that would make a great short tv series.