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ARC Review – Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga

ARC Review – Donn’s Hill by Caryn LarrinagaDonn's Hill by Caryn Larrinaga
Published by Immortal Works on March 3rd 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 330
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


After returning home from her father’s funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she’ll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer.
Aided by her new roommate—a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker—and the ghost-hunting crew of the nationally televised show Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to learn how to use her powers. But she’d better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can’t somehow divine the truth, Donn’s Hill will never be the same.

Mackenzie Clair pares down everything she owns into one backpack. She decides to move after she finds her boyfriend cheating on her upon coming home from her father’s funeral. She ends up in Donn’s hill the place her mother used to take her as a child. Strange things start happening when she arrives like seeing a man that’s not really there. She is welcome by some but not by others in this strange little town. She starts to find there are paranormal forces at work and they are trying to tell her about a murder that happened. The ghost is seeking peace from Mackenzie finding out who the killer is. It’s dangerous work, but someone’s got to do it.

In ” an Oyster Shell – A surprisingly easy comfortable read for a paranormal mystery.

The Pearls –  I like small town settings and Donn’s Hill is one of them. Mackenzie goes to seek refuge there having such fond memories of it in the past. There are a lot of quirks in this little town that also has it’s dark secrets. The reader along with Mackenzie gets to enjoy the process of finding what these secrets are.

The characters were fairly vast and all distinctive and well developed. This book was an equally plot driven and character driven story. It was a good balance of both. A rarity. The characters brought a lot of variety to the story. Mackenzie makes a lot of friends and a few enemies in the short time she is in Donn’s hill. It makes the story interesting.

The Paranormal aspect of this story was nicely balanced. It wasn’t too over the top. I don’t usually like ghost stories but this one was well done. It had a cozy mystery feel to it along with the ghost story aspect.

The Sand – It was a fairly well-written story.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Caryn Larrinaga

Caryn Larrinaga is a writer living in Utah with her husband and their cats. Despite obtaining a degree in Anthropology (which is much cooler than you might think), she explored several career paths before deciding that she had to follow her passion. Suddenly, writing fiction was the only thing that made sense. When she’s not writing, Caryn likes to spend her time swearing at video games and guzzling chai tea.

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