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Suzanne Clayborn is a successful copywriter working in an advertising agency in Chicago. When she and their administrative assistant Jill almost died in an explosion in their workplace, she returned home to recuperate. Suzanne is from Aiken, South Carolina, and she always found solace with her horse, Misty. They love to ride in Hitchcock Woods, an enchanted forest. Suzanne also had the gifts of being an empath and a psychic, although she did not embrace them. She had seen ghosts over the years, but she asked them to go away. When tragic events followed her to the South, it seemed that somehow the explosion and two murders in Aiken were connected. Her grandmother Henrietta provided sage wisdom and healing support to her. In the suspenseful novel, The Woods of Hitchcock: A Thriller, crafted by Ann W. Jarvie, several mysteries converge.
One of the most fascinating aspects featured in this work is the metaphysical information, including Native American beliefs, visits from spirit beings, healing energies, and more. Henrietta shared her knowledge with Suzanne, as it was now time to pass this information on to her. Interestingly, she also had had stressful relationships with narcissistic men, just as Suzanne experienced. Likewise, there is a character with a complex mental health diagnosis, adding a psychological perspective to the plot. The author’s style of writing flows smoothly, even when new characters and facts are interwoven into the tale. Author Ann W. Jarvie has written a complex and intriguing novel in The Woods of Hitchcock: A Thriller. An engaging read from the first page to the last!