She Walks These Hills Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in McCrumb's multilayered mystery.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA?Mystery and folklore are skillfully blended in this contemporary Appalachian tale. Driving the plot are "Harm" (Hiram) Sorley, an aging prisoner suffering from recent memory loss, who receives a spiritual message to escape from prison and return home to North Carolina; history grad student Jeremy Cobb, who wants to hike the trail used by Katie Wyler in the late 1700s when she escaped from Indians who held her captive; and members of the sheriff's department who search for both of these men. Strong females also figure prominently in this title, not the least of whom is Katie Wyler, dead over 200 years, whose spectral image helps several characters. Assisting Sheriff Arrowwood is his newest deputy, Martha Ayers, who's determined to prove she can rise above the lot of dispatcher. When all these folks converge beside a burning trailer home, more than one mystery is solved. McCrumb's rich use of dialect, accompanied by both physical description of and folklore about the mountains, combine to produce an evocative, haunting story. This novel defies stereotypical mystery elements, offering instead a complete melange of character study, plot, and setting.?Pam Spencer, Chapel Square Media Center, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2014 by Joan Bennett
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 morePublished on May 23 2004 by Betty Burks
Now, this is by far my favorite of the McCrumb masterpieces, and I have read most (not all) of her diverse novels. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Betty Burks
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 morePublished on May 12 2003
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 morePublished on May 6 2003 by Theresa W
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 morePublished on March 1 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 10 2003
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 morePublished on July 5 2002 by Susie Rigsby
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 morePublished on June 10 2002 by Denise Holmes