My Book Review: “Cusp of Night.” The #NewRelease by Mae Clair @MaeClair1 #Iartg @StoryEmpire #Mystery #Thriller #Suspense #Paranormal





Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her Point Pleasant series of novels.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers, Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions.  Look for Mae on her website at



The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟A Book that held me spellbound from page 1.

I love the Paranormal genre, and when it is written with deep insight into the darkness of human behavior it becomes a welcome crafting of thriller and suspense to add to the mix.

Author Mae Clair is unafraid to take her readers to those dark recesses, she challenges her creations to give us a reading experience we simply must finish and can never forget.

For the images she creates here linger in memory long after the final page has been read.

The combination of times past that are inextricably connected to the present is delivered with skill, as we are taken on a journey from Pennsylvania today back to the late 1890’s.

I enjoyed meeting Maya, and her understandable need to discover the truth behind the deaths of seemingly disparate people. Her discoveries will place both she and those she holds close in peril, but the fear that threatens to overwhelm them, drives them onward.

If you love a read that challenges you, a read that leaves you gasping and hungry to keep reading, then Cusp of Night is for you.

You will discover that the hour of 2.22 am will take on new meaning. Turn on all the lights, lock all the doors, and keep your cell-phone handy.

This book will take you on one hell of a ride.


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44 thoughts on “My Book Review: “Cusp of Night.” The #NewRelease by Mae Clair @MaeClair1 #Iartg @StoryEmpire #Mystery #Thriller #Suspense #Paranormal

    1. Oooh, so glad to hear that, Denise. And the review Soooz wrote is more than I could ever hope for. It’s such a pleasure when a book is received so well. I hope you enjoy Cusp of Night, and look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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  1. Soooz, this is a lovely introduction of Cusp of Night. It’s next on my list and your review increases my excitement. Wonderful! Congratulations, Mae. You have another winner. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. And I’m so excited to hear you have it queued up in your TBR *happy dance*

      Soooz wrote an incredible review that has me over the moon. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story and look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I’m thrilled you’re looking forward to the read. I thoroughly loved researching this story, and also fitting the two time lines together. I hope you enjoy the tale and look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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  2. Wow! Soooz, I so appreciate that fabulous review. I am delighted you enjoyed the story, and I am over the top happy you choose to share your review here. Many, many thanks. Your support is awesome!!

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  3. Reblogged this on From the Pen of Mae Clair and commented:
    Suzanne Burke has shared her review of Cusp of Night today. WOW! I am so delighted by what she had to say. If you get a moment, hop on over and check it out. Soooz has her own release, The Alternative, coming up shortly and has authored numerous other books. I highly recommend the two penned as “Stacey Danson,” though all her work is excellent. The Stacey Danson books left an impression upon me that lingers to this day. I am honored to call this woman a friend, and hope you’ll take a few moments to get to know her through her blog and her stories.

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    1. 🌹❤️️ You realize of course that this comment blew my tough guy act right out of the water. 😀It is an absolute pleasure for me to support both an author I admire, and a dear friend who has enriched my life by her presence.


  4. Sooz, a terrific review of Cusp of Night! I like how you bring out the various elements of the book, its mix of genres almost, the depth and insight of the characters…it sounds intense and compelling!

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