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The Curse of Crow Hollow

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  738 ratings  ·  171 reviews
With the “profound sense of Southern spirituality” he is known for (Publishers Weekly), Billy Coffey draws us into a town where good and evil—and myth and reality—intertwine in unexpected ways.

Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvarett
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Thomas Nelson
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I love to be told a story and that's exactly how this book feels. Told by a narrator that speaks in an old southern voice, I had thought when starting the book that I would get irritated by it. It ended up being oddly addictive and it fit this book perfectly. The voice used is telling the story about what happened to an outsider. You will want to pull up a chair and listen it to it.

Set in Crow Hollow a small town in the Appalachian mountains, the story starts with a group of teenagers going som
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Review: THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW by Billy Coffey

Author Billy Coffey possesses a multidimensional talent for eliciting a variety of genres: faith, mystery, horror, history, marital, literary, familial, occult, and so much more. He also continuously demonstrates an in-depth comprehension of Appalachian mountain culture and its people. I am determined to read everything he publishes. THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW is an unforgettable, magnificently conceptualized, tale of a tiny community in Appalachia a
Paige  Bookdragon
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-for-me, dnf, read-2015


The reason why I always try to finish a book in one day is because the moment that it stays unfinished for more than 2 days, I become uninterested.

The Curse of Crow Hollow is one of a kind. I'm actually very interested in the plot. A witch's curse, a town of bible-thumping people and a secret that's so deeply guarded? I'm loving it. This book was also written in a way that an old man is telling you the story of their town. Quite mysterious and deliciously creepy if you ask me.

But the thing about
Rhiannon Johnson
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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**This is a combined review of The Night Sister and The Curse of Crow Hollow***
I loved both of these novels. They were each so creepy and put me in the mood for the upcoming fall season. I was surprised that they weren't releasing in October because they seem like they would be perfect for readers looking for a spooky seasonal read. I will admit that I thought "oh this isn't that scary" with The Night Sister until the last 100 pag
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 rounded down. A great witch story especially if you read in during October and like your spooky tales with a lot of blood and human angst.

Writing style? Great, old-folksy, "sit down stranger, take a load off" narrative.
Scene? Small town with not much going for it.
Characters? Ah. Way too in the Entire Town with all the back stories included. Even during the Big Climax I didn't remember half of who was who.
Pace? A little on the slow side, mostly because (see above) all the back s
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get passed the heavy dialect. Too much attention to trying to determine what's being said to be able to enjoy what it means. ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
3.5-3.75 stars

First off, I want to say that I really liked the premise of a stranger accidentally finding himself in this small town and being told the whole story of what happened recently in the town by an old timer. That as done very well and was properly carried throughout the whole book.
I think what bothered me a bit was that I had expected this to be a proper horror book, with witches and spells and curses and whatnot. And it did have that element, but it was a rather minor part of the sto
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Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I've always loved a story with witches, paranormal activities and magic going on. I've been a huge fan of anything related to that because I think it's fun to read about it and to let go of our imagination. This book delivers exactly what I love about those themes: witchcraft, curse, cults, dark magic. You will find everything in it with a smart storyline. As for the characters, the author did an amazing job at describing them all and giving us a backstory to everyone and every famil ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh my, the trouble teenagers get themselves into- most though are wise enough not to cross a witch. Or is it the devil? What is the evil that curses these folks? I love the southern tongue, it lends the story charm mixed in the eerie happenings. It is a spritual novel and normally not my cup of tea but I enjoyed it. The widow, weathered old Alvaretta Graves cursed the townspeople after her huband's death (and in some ways, who can blame her) but is she a witch, housing something evil, ready to s ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror, fiction
I fell in love with this book! The Curse of Crow Hollow is a spine tingling story related to you slowly through a folksy down home narrative that made me feel I was a trusted friend sitting around a spooky campfire being let in on a secret.

It is a story of superstition, suspicion, mob mentality oh and lets not forget the witch! Is she or isn't she? Can she really curse a whole town or is it all in their own minds like some mass hysteria? When a birthday party gone wrong leads a group of teens t
Sara Bauer
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I adored every creepy, dark, wondrous second of this holler tale. Felt like "Justified" with a witch. The characters were well developed, and the monsters were real. A true test of human spirit, and a heck of a read. Couldn't put it down, and will be passing this one along to my fellow lovers of all things dark and mysterious. ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-teen-ya
Not a one of them paused to consider how it was that the kind and merciful people they were now could be so different from the violent and hateful people they’d been only minutes before. You ask me how that can be, I have no idea. You can’t figure folk.

If only Cordelia hadn't "borrowed" the diamond bracelet from her mama. But Scarlet wanted it, to impress a boy! You know how teenage girls are? But maybe things would have been okay if they hadn't gone up the mountain, near Alvaretta Graves' prope
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
When I hear the name Billy Coffey when it comes to novels, I am immediately engaged and know I am in for something amazing, and unique. So when the opportunity came about to review his latest novel, The Curse of Crow Hollow, I knew this was definitely one I did not want to miss out on. I've been enamored with his uncanny Southern writing style from his novels, When Mockingbirds Sing, The Devil Walks in Mattingly and In the Heart of the Dark Wood. He takes readers into places no one really wants ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read stories with a safe plot of good people vs. “bad things just happen,” then this isn’t the book for you. There are good people in this novel, and there are certainly bad “things,” but they don’t “just happen.” The Curse of Crow Hollow has you questioning: Is it fear? Is it illness? Is it a witch? Is it the devil? Or is it some combination of these? As we sit on the porch to hear the story of the Trouble in Crow Hollow, the story-teller says“…hear me well: there is light in thi ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for providing an ARC of this book. The Curse of Crow Hollow has potential, but it is going to need a great editor to make the tale more readable. The setting, building suspense, and overall theme of the book are most surely on the "plus" side of the ratings scale. Plenty of character and place details are provided to give the reader a sense of what is going on. The biggest drawback, however, is that there are a great many minor characters and each of thei ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
4.5/5 Wonderful book! Billy Coffey spins a story using a very southern back woods yet witty literary voice and had me from scene 1. I loved his setting, omniscient POV, and realistic characters. The ending was fantastic and the last line spooked me...I listened to the audio production.

All around excellent.
Kristen Heitzmann
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great complex story. The audio version is fantastic.
Jun 30, 2018 marked it as want-to-read-own
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Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gotta say, I picked this book up randomly from a discount story and I was not at all expecting it to be as good as it is, but man it really came through for me. 😍 I love this book and I’m glad it was my first read of 2020.
The audiobook narrator was awesome!
Michelle Glatt
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, horror
Interesting tale of mass hysteria and its effects on a small town.

Also, must add the weird fact that this is book 666 I have marked as read in goodreads 😱
The Curse of Crow Hollow was such an interesting concept. In the end, though, it just ended up being a disappointment that I wish I'd DNF'd halfway through. Although there are creepy parts to this story, a lot of it ended up being fairly predictable.

Crow Hollow is the kind of town where everyone knows everyone else. They all go to church, twice Sunday and usually every Wednesday too. Gossip is the best form of entertainment. Maybe the safest. Because everything starts to fall apart in Crow Hollo
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I hesitated before reading this book because I normally shy away from anything scary. I'm a bit of a wuss, I suppose. But an author I follow and a friend both highly recommended not only this book, but all of Billy Coffey's books. I decided to read the book.

One reviewer said that the book was like Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery' and they were right. I read her story in high school and was mesmerized by it. It was dark and brooding, full of superstition and old folklore. The Curse of Crow Hollow
Victor Gentile
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Billy Coffey in his new book “The Curse of Crow Hollow” Book Four in the Mattingly series published by Thomas Nelson takes us back to the town of Mattingly.

From the back cover: Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curs
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I discovered Billy Coffey almost by accident, and I am so glad I did! He is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller and I have yet to read a book of his that I don't like.

However, this novel is quite a bit different than his others. It's exceptionally dark, involving the most heinous human sins including rape, abuse, and murder. (Don't misunderstand -- these awful things are not in there for shock value. They deliberately contribute to the outcome of the plot, which I won't give away here.) I woul
Janka H.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The witch's curse. The demon loosened. The unmasking.

There is no one in the realms of Christian liturature like Billy Coffey. Stephen King might come close in his better times (and I love Stephen King, he aims for the heart in the best of meanings), but there is more wisdom and hope in Billy Coffey's works. And the raw, the real and the calling the spades the what they are! Billy Coffey is unpretentious, knows what despair and pain is and the stories he is telling are about us in our humanity a
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
3 or 3.5 stars? A good read but one that seemed to take me some time to finish. A group of teenagers go to a set of caves in the mountains where legend has it a witch lives. They invoke her wrath and curse. The town falls apart to mob mentality. Is the witch to blame for the curse and devastation of the town or is it the monster that lives within all of us? Not a bad read but it did take too long to finish, dragged in the middle - repetitive details - before it came to the end. Did like the narr ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5**** First book I have read by this author; ARC. The unique narration, the power of fear or faith (what is your default??), small town life, characters you both despise and root is all in here. What happened in Crow Hollow? Is there really a curse upon Crow Hollow? What role did various characters play in the unfolding of this story? How do communities deal with the unknown? Do we create our realities?? How does anyone know truth? Is anyone entirely good or bad?? The best thing about ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Talk about Southern Gothic! A small town, relatively isolated, with a bunch of teens who are, well, teens. Doing what teens do: ignoring town rules and breaking into the abandoned mines, plus going up the mountain to confront the witch (who has stolen a diamond bracelet from one of the teens). That's just not going to go well, is it? There's the expected small town reactions, with everything from moonshine runners to the Klan to revival meetings and an all-out panic or two. The reality is, of co ...more
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