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She Walks These Hills [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharyn McCrumb
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turning Suspense! May 29 2002
By Brooke
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're looking for a great mystery combined with many story plots, and some historical backround, you should definietly read this book. McCrumb has done an excellent job of taking the lives of a variety of different characters and weaving them all together throughout this book. Although contradictory to what others may say, this book is centered around the escape of an mentally ill old man from jail and how a number of other people's lives tie in with his journey home. You will get to know three police officers, two of whom think the escaped convict is no threat, but one who does. A radio announcer who hypes up the old man's journey is another big focus of this plot, along with a college professor who is on a journey of his own to follow the trail of the legend, Katie Wyler.
Even thought it may be hard at times to follow the many characters who are introduced, they all come together in the end and make an exciting and page turning book. This book is set in the Appalachian mountains around Virginia and Tennessee and McCrumb has done a wonderful job on describing the scenery of the land. McCrumb's language makes you feel like are there in the mountains. Along with the scenery, McCrumb has also done her share of research on the area and provides information (as one of the characters) about the geological factors of the Appalachians. With all the surprised that end each chapter, you are always wondering what will happen next, or who will finally meet who. For a great anytime reading get Sharyn McCrumb's She Walks These Hills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars she walks these hills review Dec 13 2000
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I totally agree with a writer form St. Louis when he said that She Walks These Hills was haunting, tragic and beautifully written. The way Sharyn McCrumb twisted different plots into her novel kept me wanting to know more and more with each sentence I read. She was able to accurately go from Katie Wyler's time in 1790, to Hiram Sorley's time in 1960, and even to the present day. McCrumb's use of descriptive language and long, flowing sentences made the book much more captivating. From the time that she introduced us to Hiram Sorley in the beginning of the novel, to the time he died in the trailer fire, I grew attached to the escaped convict. McCrumb made me feel sorry for the old man because of the way she questioned his guilt through Hank-the-Yank, the local radio DJ. And the way that Sharyn McCrumb made Martha Ayers look as brave as a soldier, made me have so much respect for her character. I felt as if I have known the characters in the novel all my life because of the specific details given by McCrumb. What made this book so easy to read was McCrumb's use of descriptive vocabulary. I felt as if I was actually there in Tennessee with Martha and Sabrina, and that I was going through the same things that Jeremy Cobb was going through in the woods. Overall, I loved the way that McCrumb went from Katie Wyler and Jeremy Cobb's journey through the woods, to Martha Ayers trying to prove herself by catching Harm Sorley, the escaped convict, who was also trying to find his daughter and ex-wife. It was just so interesting to read about the happenings from the different time periods, but in the end how they all came together as one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters, Great Story Make Great Book Dec 12 2000
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful blend of past and present May 19 1999
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Sharyn McCrumb takes us back for another visit to Hamelin, Tennessee with terrific results. She is able to seamlessly switch back and forth from Katie Wyler's time in the 1790s to the escaped convict's 1960s to present day.
Blending an escaped convict, a deputy in training, a missing baby, a young woman from 200 years ago and the grad student following her path; Ms McCrumb creates a delightful story. As with the rest of the ballad series, the story is rich with well-developed characters. You keep turning the pages to find out what happened to poor Katie 200 years ago, and what will happen when the convict gets home to a town he no longer recognizes. It's very hard to leave the town and its people at the end of the book.
The only negative thing about the book is the graduate student. While, a very interesting idea to have a grad student study the plight of this young woman from 200 years ago, did the student have to be so stupid? I found myself getting very annoyed with this one character's cluelessness, and only found comfort in the fact that at he finally realized his situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Walks These Hills
We needed this book in a rush for our book club. I chose to order via Amazon and was completely happy with the service and condition of the book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joan Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars In A Long Black Veil, she Walks These Hills....
Of all her novels, this is by far my favorite of the McCrumb masterpieces, and I have read most (not all) of her diverse books. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Betty Burks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Black Veil
Now, this is by far my favorite of the McCrumb masterpieces, and I have read most (not all) of her diverse novels. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Betty Burks
5.0 out of 5 stars She Walks is wonderful!!
In this novel about journeys, college professor Jeremy Cobb retraces the path of a pioneer woman kidnapped by the Shawnee in 1779, and escaped convict Hiram Sorley whose brain is... Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by "turtlechick"
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I couldn't put this book down. It was excellent! There were so many sub-plots going on, and they were all so interesting. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by Theresa W
4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining book!
I admit it. I am a fan of Sharyn McCrumb having read some of the Elizabeth MacPherson books. This book's setting is the Great Smoky Mountain area of east Tennessee. Read more
Published on March 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The author I've been searching for ....
Sharyn McCrumb is visiting our libray tomorrow here in Maryland. Her visit includes a musician, story telling session, etc. so I thought I'd check out one of her books. Wow! Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional writing-great reading
WOW! That's about how I feel about this novel written by Sharyn McCrumb. Of all the books I've read of late, this has to be one of the very best. Read more
Published on July 5 2002 by Susie Rigsby
4.0 out of 5 stars An enchanted mix of folklore and present day happenings.
An enticing mystery on several different levels. The ghost of a pioneer girl walks the mountain trails in search of peace after being kidnapped by the Indians. Read more
Published on June 10 2002 by Denise Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Appalachian Fiction at its Finest
She Walks These Hills is another excellent book in the Appalachian series by Sharyn McCrumb. She again combines two stories - one in the present and one in the past along with a... Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Ramona Honan
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