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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,059 ratings  ·  345 reviews

Nellie Clay married Hobbs Pritchard without even noticing he was a spell conjured into a man, a walking, talking ghost story. But her mama knew. She saw it in her tea leaves: death. Folks told Nellie to get off the mountain while she could, to go back home before it was too late. Hob

Paperback, 341 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Gallery Books
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Lovely southern story of several women and dang ole hateful Hobbs. I really enjoy the way this author weaves a story.
She mixes in southern folklore, ghosts and life lessons in a way that sweeps you into the story and you don't want it to end.
Sonja Arlow
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always find the idea of ghost stories appealing but am disappointed more often than not. So this story was a rare treat.

Newly married 17-year-old Nellie Pritchard moves to Black Mountain to start a life with her charming husband Hobbs Pritchard.

Life is not easy on the mountain but Nellie wants to give it her best shot. But every time she reaches out to the community she gets rejected, her husband leaves her alone for days at a time and she becomes nothing more than a prisoner in the big old ho
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely the best book I read this year. I could not put it down! It's the story of Nellie Pritchard and 4 other women whose lives are all connected by one man. They each take a turn telling their story as it relates to Hobbs Pritchard. It's a different kind of ghost story and I am happy to learn that the author is working on more books involving some of the same characters. Combine Alice Hoffman with Sue Monk Kidd and you've got Ghost on Black Mountain. I LOVED THIS!

Tara Rock
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
4-l/2 stars.
Carol Kean
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ann Hite's debut novel "Ghost on Black Mountain" has enough Gothic horror and suspense to keep us reading until the candle burns out in the dark of night, and enough meaning to keep scholars arguing for years to come. Hite's seamless and economical prose may make for easy reading, but look again. This novel is loaded. Bold, brilliant and beautiful, it has all the richness and depth of 19th C literature without the tedious, wordy prose.

The story sounds deceptively simple--a charismatic stranger c
Diane S ☔
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nellie was 17 when she met Hobbs Pritchard and despite that her mamma (who reads tea leaves) said no good would come of it, she marries him and sets off to live on Black Mountain. Despite the beautiful trees,flowers and waterfall, things are not as they appear on the mountain There are haints, secrets and a lot of hate, especially for her husband. After a terror filled night and a horrible act, Nellie leaves the mountain and is not seen again for a long time. This is a very dark, haunting story ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I read The Storycatcher by same author a year or so ago and loved it. I don't know why it took me so long to read the second one, but it's definitely a mistake I won't be repeating. I loved the characters - they were real, and did not feel like the normal Southern stereotypes. Even Hobbs, which is probably one of the most evil characters I've met before, shows his softer side at times. Although all five voices are the voices of strong but damaged women, they all sounded very different ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - It was really good.

In the last few days of October, I finally found a book to satisfy the Halloween read craving. This had the perfect mix of the supernatural and southern goth to form a really enjoyable ghost story. The next time I find myself in the Appalachian mountains, I know I will think of Nellie and Hobbs...always a sign of great storytelling.

Favorite Quote: All our actions travel a road that comes home to us at some point.

First S
Diana • Book of Secrets
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
GHOST ON BLACK MOUNTAIN is a spellbinding Southern Gothic about dark secrets, murder, ghosts and revenge. The story is told from the points of view of five women, each one connected in some way to Hobbs Pritchard and Black Mountain, North Carolina. Hobbs was an evil man. A criminal. An abuser. A murderer. But he was also deceptively charming and handsome, and easily won young Nellie's heart. It was during the Great Depression that he married Nellie and brought her to live on the mountain. It onl ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that stays in your mind even after you close the cover and move on to your next read? Ghost on Black Mountain is that kind of book. The story is told in the voices of five very different women who all have a connection to the same man, Hobbs Pritchard. Some love him, most hate him. He is a monster of a man and one of these women killed him. His ghost haunts Black Mountain and stories about him are told to children to scare them and get them to behave.

This was an absolut
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviews should not grade expectation but what a book is; with a reflection of enjoyment. Spirits were merely sprinkled into content I would not have chosen. This is a family saga about one horrible marriage and better men, who were simply not ideal matches. I seek adult fiction specifically about experiencing spirits; not hard-luck dramas. However, this is exceptionally well-written. It blends five women’s perspectives so compellingly, it would be remiss not to give Ann Hite high marks. The foca ...more
Jan W. Mc
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm rating this book five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Not all books are noble. Ghost on Black Mountain isn't great literature; it will not be taught in classrooms 400 years from now. Big deal. I was totally entertained, and there isn't one thing wrong with entertaining people and enhancing lives.

If we're honest, we all have pasts, skeletons in the closet, secret sins. Young Nellie married out of childish infatuation, ushering in an evil force that affected lives for generations. Told
Kathleen Rodgers
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'd Give It Six Stars If I Could!

From the moment I started reading “Ghost On Black Mountain,” Nellie Pritchard walked into my heart and took up residence. And she didn’t come alone. Others followed.

Along with four other women who narrate this page-turning tale, young Nellie must learn the hard way that sometimes our choices in life will haunt us forever. All five women are intricately connected to one man, Hobbs Pritchard, the menace of Black Mountain. A mean-spirited moonshiner who runs this D
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect October read! Ghost on Black Mountain by author Ann Hite is everything the cover says it is; haunting, eerie, dark and unnerving. Told in the voices of five different women who all have different portions of the story to tell, the author did an excellent job of binding the story together in those separate voices. The story is set in rural depression-era North Carolina, we first meet Nellie, a young girl who, while serving meals in a soup kitche n, meets and falls head over h ...more
Jennifer Theriault
I read this book on vacation.

Started out pretty good. Nellie marries walking red flag Hobbs Pritchard and he moves them up to a creepy old house on Black Mountain. What follows is an in-depth story of Nellie's abusive relationship mixed with spooky southern eeriness. There may be a ghost in Nellie's house that implies her husband Hobbs isn't just a sketchy abuser-he's dangerous.

There's a lot of that southern secret-keeping and "we don't take kindly to your type round here" and so on. It's a litt
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
loved it! can't wait to read more from her about these characters!
Brittany Rehage
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I will be thinking about for a long time. It's the kind of book that makes you stay up until 2am reading it because you just have to know what happens on the next page. There wasn't a place where I could stop reading and not think about it.

The web that surrounds Hobbs Pritchard draws you in slowly and before you know it, he's managed to ensnare you, just like he does his ladies in the book. The different perspectives each woman gives of the same man shows just how complicated a p
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: publisher arc
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Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it

Ghost on Black Mountain is a tale told by five women over many years. Five women bound by one common thread. Hobbs Pritchard and a dark murder that took place on Black Mountain. Ghost on Black Mountain is a Gothic tale if ever there was one. It is a suspenseful, dark glimpse of what life was like in the mountains of North Carolina not all that long ago. I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed Ghost on Black Mountain, but Nellie's story, and her strengt
Darcus Murray
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ghost On Black Mountain was definitely one of the best books that I have read this year. I couldn't get enough of it and when I wasn't reading it, I wanted to be.

From the very beginning, the story draws you in and doesn't let go even long after you've turned the last page. I don't know what I expected this book to be, but it was a million times better. I felt for this book in a way only few books can manage. Anne Hite is an absolutely beauitful, brilliant, seductive writer and she bring the Appa
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to be swept up in this wonderfully written tale of hard-times mountain living. It is a most enjoyable ride that quickly and quietly unfolds transporting you to a rare and unique place of magic. I was left most satisfied having spent the time to know this story. Romance, broken dreams, everyday spirits, characters that grow into themselves, secrets that refuse to stay hidden all come so vividly alive in the cool clean air of Black Mountain. From beginning to end I wouldn't change a thing. ...more
Shari Sweeney
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book had a promising start but then seemed unsure of what it wanted to be -- mystery? fantasy? coming of age? family saga? -- and not enough elements of any of those genres. The final portion of the book, looking at Nellie Pritchard's life after escaping Black Mountain, I found completely implausible, as if the author were trying too hard to tie everything previous together. I kept saying "oh, come ON" a lot -- not a good thing.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this southern (mainly depression-era) ghost story! This is not a long descriptive tale, but simply a story, albeit creepy, told from the point of view of five women. I really appreciated how the author ended the book - it was a good solid ending. Good stuff!
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stayed up way too late to finish the book Sunday night, It's quite good. The ghosts in the book don't drive the book so much as choices that are made by the women and how they put their lives back together after those choices. Looking forward to the next book.
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read the review on my website.

Ghost on Black Mountain is a powerful, eerie and haunting tale of real-life ghosts sometimes tormenting and sometimes aiding the inhabitants of Black Mountain, a gloomy and according to some, cursed place. Black Mountain got most of its rather creepy reputation from one of its most dangerous residents, Hobbs Pritchard. Who Hobbs Pritchard really is, a straight-out bad man, or a fellow struggling with himself and his own emotions, is revealed gradually through-out t
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You don’t have to believe in ghosts to thoroughly enjoy this southern ghost story, but you might want to turn up the lights to rid the room of shadows before you start reading. And once you start reading, you won’t want to quit. Hobbs Pritchard was a mean and self-serving man, and cared not a whit about others. Still, he managed to make more than one girl think she was in love with him. But relationships with him were cursed, and also cursed was the next generation. This story is excellently tol ...more
A wonderful blend of Gothic and ghost, set on Black Mountain just outside Asheville-- a place I've loved to go. (A friend used to have a great restaurant up on Black Mountain.) Told from the point of view of five women, it's the story of a good woman loving a bad man, with ghosts thrown in. I liked the varied perspectives and how they moved the story along.
Jessica Rowell
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down! I love a good ol’ Southern tale! It really makes you think about what all you would do to protect the ones you love. And it got me wondering if I believe in “haints.”
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The summary on the back of this book doesn't do the story justice at all! This was an amazing book with terrific characters, plot lines, and writing. There is no simple summary for this book, which is why the back of the book summary is probably so vague. In a nutshell, Nellie is a young and foolish girl who thinks she knows better than her Mama and her Mama's tea leaves that predict darkness and bad things. Nellie is head over heals in love with Hobbs Pritchard and will do anything to be with h ...more
Kari Anderson
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nellie meets the man of her dreams in Hobbs Pritchard. Her mama wants her to take it slow, but Nellie is afraid that if she doesn’t marry Hobbs when he asks, no one else will want her. But when she gets to Hobbs’ home on Black Mountain, everything changes. The stories about Hobbs are too unbelievable to be true, even though she sees the ghosts of Hobbs’ past. And soon, Nellie knows if she doesn’t take her life in her own hands, she’ll be a ghost of Black Mountain as well. What she doesn’t know i ...more
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Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher, her second Black Mountain novel, will be released by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on September 10th. Lowcountry Spirit, an eBook novella, ...more

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