Published by Audible Audio Edition on 2.20.18
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror
Pages: 16 hours, 35 minutes
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An "impressive" tale of psychic power, Native American mysticism, and an ancient evil in Alabama, from the New York Times best-selling author of Swan Song (Associated Press).
Born and raised in rural Alabama, Billy Creekmore was destined to be a psychic. His mother, a Choctaw Indian schooled in her tribe's ancient mysticism, understands the permeable barrier between life and death - and can cross it. She taught the power to Billy, and now he helps the dead rest in peace.
Wayne Falconer, son of one of the most fervent tent evangelists in the South, travels the country serving his father's healing ministry. Using his unique powers to cure the flock, Little Wayne is on his way to becoming one of the popular and successful miracle workers in the country. He helps the living survive.
Billy and Wayne share more than a gift. They share a dream - and a common enemy. They are on separate journeys, mystery walks that will lead them toward a crossroads where the evil of their dreams has taken shape. One of them will reject the dark. The other will be consumed by it. But neither imagined just how monstrous and far-reaching the dark was or that mankind's fate would rest in their hands during an epic showdown of good versus evil.
From the author of Gone South, Boy's Life, and the Matthew Corbett series, a master of suspense who has won the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, Mystery Walk offers "creepy, subtle touches throughout [and] splendid Southern-town atmosphere" (Kirkus Reviews).
MYSTERY WALK is a story involving the epic battle between good and evil and Robert McCammon does these types of stories better than almost anyone.
I won’t get into the plot much, as this book was written back in the 80’s and hundreds of other reviews already do that. I will say that this is my fourth time reading this book, (I actually listened to it, courtesy of the narrator Nick Sullivan), and this time it affected me even more than it did previously. I’m not sure why that is-perhaps as I’ve grown older I see more truth and depth in this tale?
It could also be the fact that the narrator brought these characters alive for me. I easily pictured the small town of Hawthorn and both its hateful and sweet residents. I vividly pictured the tent revivals of J.J. Falconer and the bogus claims of healing from his son Wayne. (I had to try hard NOT to picture Wayne’s first bout with healing, you’ll see what I mean if you read this.) Mr. Sullivan’s voicing worked really well for me here and for this reason I’ve bumped my rating of 4 and 4.5 stars from my previous reads to the full five.
MYSTERY WALK is full of hope but at the same time does not shy away at all from the difficulties in life we all face. The wonderful prose of Robert McCammon is only improved by Nick Sullivan’s narration. If you’re in need of a little hope in your life during these difficult times, then I highly recommend giving MYSTERY WALK a listen. If you do, give Billy Creekmore a hug from me and tell him that Char said Hi.
*I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator, in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*