She Walks These Hills turned out to be an excellant book, despite the slow start. The first three chapters were very hard to read because you had no idea who all these characters were and how they related to each other in the story. However, McCrumb weaves these characters and their stories together almost ingeniously to make everything fit at the end of the book. At first I thought Harm Sorley was a "bad" guy, as an escaped convict, but I begin to root for him half-way through the book when Hank the Yank really finds out what happened to Harm thirty years ago. It broke my heart at the end when Harm died trying to save his home, and could not recognize his daughter Charlotte. McCrumb causes us to hate Crystal and that two-timer Deputy Joe, but brings Martha, the new deputy and Joe's lover, close to everyone's heart. The only character I had trouble with was the grad student, Jeremy. I agree with Nancy Anne Fox when she said he was annoying and dumb. He was like a water moccasin in the desert. Jeremy had no idea what to do in the woods. When the house caught on fire at the climax of the novel, every story line in some way came together. Jeremy, Martha, Sabrina, Charlotte, Rita's body, and even Katie Wyler showed up for that awesome sceen as the green house caught fire and ended all that Harm knew as life before jail, or all he could remember anyway. McCrumb's vocabulary was very strong throughout the book, with words such as drowsing, hardscrabble, and brusque. Also, she made me want to visit the Appalachian Mountain region, because of her vivid description of the beautiful mountains, such as "they clumped around him gazing at the acres of grasses, sedge, and wildflowers moving in the ceaseless winds..." (McCrumb 128). In conclusion, this story had excellent characters, story line, and language, so it equals a great book.