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The Wraith of Carter's Mill

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The Wraith of Carter’s Mill continues the saga of the Carter women. In addition to the three original tales, Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten, this assembly contains a fourth, shocking segment. Carter’s Mill answers questions about the origin of the Wraith and explains its bond to the Carter family. It reveals the shameful truth behind the curse that plagues them.

An extremely cruel act by a family patriarch brings a terrible curse, an insidious wraith upon his family. It haunts the Carter women for five generations until finally; Shyanne is born with remarkable and uncanny abilities. It will be up to her to uncover a shocking, long-buried family secret. She faces the daunting task of setting a century old wrong back to rights. Will she find a way to lift the curse and banish the wraith back to the spirit world? If Shyanne fails, she risks losing her little girl to the dark entity forever.

436 pages, Paperback

First published March 8, 2015

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C. Evenfall

5 books52 followers
C. Evenfall grew up in a small fishing village in Eastern North Carolina. The area was rich with history, ghost stories and unexplained phenomenon; all fodder for the vivid imaginings of a young girl. She began “collecting” stories at a young age.
At aged six, C. Evenfall experienced the paranormal firsthand and has been seeking answers ever since. Her fascination with the unexplainable and her love for old family ghost stories inspired her to write a collection of novellas. Each inspired by the experiences passed down through her family for generations.
C. Evenfall resides on the Carolina Coast with her husband, a self-proclaimed skeptic. She loves him anyway and the two complement each other perfectly.

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Profile Image for Cobwebby Eldritch Reading Reindeer .
5,129 reviews271 followers
October 30, 2015

An intriguing supernatural/paranormal about several generations of a family marked by the curse of an evil entity. The Carters of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, lived a peaceful life until an unusual entity whose habitat is the overgrown live oaks near the road, targets the two daughters. One endures a lifetime of terrible suffering. The other embraces the entity' s will, and the curse of it persists into the next two generations. What a story to read at night, with the lights on!
Profile Image for Michelle Randall.
715 reviews19 followers
March 16, 2015
Reviewed for Readers Favorite

The Wraith Of Carter's Mill: The Curse of the Carter Women is a series of four short stories in one book that tells the story of the Carter family. The first story tells of Libby and her brother Jack as young children with their mother Julia. This story introduces "the dark man" that seems to plague the Carter family. The second story follows Libby as a married woman, and her young daughter Shyanne, as she becomes the next generation to meet "the dark man". This time Libby is able to find out more information because her mother Julia has passed away. The third book follows Shyanne and her daughter Melody as the curse of the dark man becomes even worse and Shyanne finds she has the power to help end the curse. The final story goes back to the beginning and tells us how the curse of the dark man began. C. Evenfall gives us a family saga that follows the women of the Carter family.

Although The Wraith of Carter's Mill is subtitled The Curse of the Carter Women, it is actually the head of the original Carter clan, Zeb that brings about the curse. The power to end the curse flows through the Carter women, although it is not until Shyanne that someone is able to do anything about the curse. C. Evenfall mixes a ghost story, a story of revenge and betrayal all together with a family saga that sees five generations of Carter's deal with the dark man. This is a great woman's book because of the connections that the women in the story carry throughout all the stories. It is also a good read for older teens on up. It was compelling and pulled me along the whole way.
Profile Image for S.K. Gregory.
Author 133 books198 followers
May 2, 2015
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story drew me in from the first page as i followed Libby and her family down the years as they are tormented by an unknown entity. The characters were really well written and I loved learning the family history and how the Carter women are tormented.
There were many layers to the story and i enjoyed ready their stories. Libby came from an unhappy home with a mother who obviously didn't like her daughter, yet Libby grew up to be a loving mother to her daughter. When we learn why her mother was the way she was we can see how she changed.
I would highly recommend this book and I enjoyed it immensely.
Profile Image for Mandy Monell.
10 reviews1 follower
March 28, 2015
This book is amazing! Between the lush backdrop and the character interactions, this story is beautifully crafted and any horror/thriller fan should read it!
Profile Image for Sara.
593 reviews23 followers
August 19, 2015
I absolutely adore a good ghost story! And all of those ghost hunter investigation shows on TV are my guilty pleasure. So when I picked this book up I knew I was getting something I was interested in but I had no idea that I was getting a sweeping saga told in 4 novellas. These little glimpses of one family's stories starting out way back in the 1800's through to present day made for a very engrossing read. There were so many things I loved about this collection but I'll point out 2 and let you guys discover the rest on your own. Okay, first of all! I love the depth and planning that the author must have had to put in to keep all of the story lines consistent and not jump around a whole lot going from present day back to previous times, I think it worked really well how the stories were arranged, it kept me on track and engaged with the story and not backflipping to reread some parts I might have missed for a clue to what was going on.

Number 2! I thought the character interviews were an awesome idea at the end of every novella that made a nice touch and reminded me of some of J.R. Ward's books where she would do an interview with some of the characters and it made the stories much more real and relatable. Now while I don't get to read many ghost stories these days I can't speak to the rest of the genre but I think this is one of the most well done collections I have had the pleasure to read in quite a while. So if you are looking for a deliciously creepy, history buff kind of read then this is definitely the book for you!
Profile Image for Jessica Bronder.
2,015 reviews22 followers
May 10, 2015
The Carter women have been plagued with a curse involving a dark man. This story follows them through several generations. Sensitives is about Libby and her brother Jack. She sees and is haunted by a dark figure. Unfortunately her mother, Julia, basically hates her kids and refuses to help Libby. In The Guardians Libby’s story is continued. Libby is married and has a small daughter Shyanne. Shyanne is introduced to the dark man and Julia learns more about the curse.

The Forgotten has Shyanne grown up with her own daughter, Melody. The dark man has gotten worse but Shyanne has the key to breaking the curse. Carter’s Mill goes back to the very beginning and explains where the curse started.

This is a really good series of stories. I love how you follow the family and the curse but you learn how it started. All of the characters were well described. I felt for poor Liddy and her awful mother. I really liked how the curse started but I felt for both families. It’s sad to know that although this is a story, events like this happen all the time.

This is a great story and I recommend it to anyone that likes paranormal, thrillers. Make sure to get your copy, you won’t be disappointed.

I received this story from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Diana.
319 reviews32 followers
August 26, 2015
There is always something about paranormal, ghost stories, family folklore that have always intrigued me. When I was asked to review this book, I jumped at the chance. I would say that I was totally into this story. I was drawn in right from the first story, this book has three stories and then the fourth is the finally story of this family saga.
The first one:
Sensitives is about Libby Carter Martin, she had a horrible childhood and there was a dark entity that didn’t help her at all growing up. When her mother dies, her. Her husband and their young daughter return to her childhood home for the funeral, Libby hadn’t talked to her mother in years. What intrigued me the most was how her daughter Shyanne had an imaginary friend, and how she had to go with the family to the family home and that Libby at the time had no clue. I loved how this story played out. How well Libby dealt with it and the fact that she and her brother were still on great terms despite their mother. Even though this is a short story, a novella, this story had some powerful words and made it come together. The writer totally put everything in place and made it ready for the next story.
The second story:
The Guardians
This story takes place a decade later when Shyanne is in her teens, her parents are killed in an accident and Shyanne was living with her Mom’s brother Jack. Ever since Shyanne had an imaginary playmate she could speak to the dead, or listen to the dead. After her parents died she didn’t understand why her parents wouldn’t come and speak to her. So she shut out all the voices. During college someone had witness her using her gifts, and wanted her to help her with a family that was being haunted, she didn’t really want too but the family needed it. I also loved this story, well written, the paranormal was awesome and how the writer wrote this story. Goose bumps
Third story:
The Forgotten
This story is now about the Shyanne who is grown up and living in the family home. Her daughter goes into a coma and she knows it isn’t a medical reason. This chapter is written so amazingly well. You can actually feel it and I well could just picture it, The emotions of a daughter being sick, the strain on a marriage, the dreams and visions that Shyanne is getting, leads her to a place in the woods, and unknown place back in time. How the writer takes up from now to back in time is so good.
The Fourth and final story.
This part of the book takes us back to the beginning, how the curse began. This went back to the beginning of the family, and Shyanne needs to try and lift the wraith that was cursed on her family a century ago. Again this is such an intense story, really brought the whole story around and being able to find how it all started.

I can tell you I loved reading this story. If you like paranormal, spirits and scary things, folklore than this is a good book for you. I also thought the author did well in bringing all the stories together, they all fit and the characters were well developed and I had great understanding how they played out in their roles.
I did receive this book for an honest review.
Profile Image for Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm.
1,256 reviews106 followers
May 16, 2015
Eight year old Libby went all wide-eyed, pale and stricken when she saw a short, black, horrific man clomping his teeth and chasing her on her way home. But instead of rushing to her mother, she went the other way, frightened and screaming up to her mom's mortal enemy, Miss Ethel's back yard. By then, Ethel knew, the little monster had shown again, much the same way he did with Susan, Libby's crazy aunt.

Libby suffered the wrath of her own mother, Julia Carter, for disobeying her orders and running to her enemy. She didn't believe her daughter's excuse and had order her to shut up and never tell a soul about what she saw.

Twenty years later, her daughter Shyanne had been talking to her imaginary friend Susie and saw what her mother Libby had seen when she was a kid. It looked like the little monster was back to clomp his teeth to her family again. Now, it is up to Shyanne to unearth the true story of the wraith and the curse that came with it, and to discover how it will stop sending shivers & terror to the Carter women of all generation.

I swear I've got the chills after reading this book. At first, when I noticed that I was all alone reading this novel, I immediately went to my kids' room instead to continue perusing the pages of Sensitives, up to the last chapter of Carter's Mill. From the first chapter up to the last, the written words looked back at me, taunting me to finish, almost driving me to insanity. It was like the ghosts from the book were talking to me, telling me to read each and every page, or else...

This was a freakingly awesome book! I honestly couldn't put the book down. The Wraith of Carter's Mill had all the ingredients of a haunting horror movie, it's got Amityville written all over it. If I hadn't known that C. Evenfall wrote this thriller, I would have thought this was the working of Stephen King! C. Evenfall's writing is remarkable, and I think she succeeded in what she was supposed to do: to scare the beejesus out of me! If I were a famous TV host, I'd gladly pick this up for this month's Oprah's Book Club.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book.
Profile Image for Carla.
989 reviews3 followers
August 19, 2015
*I was given a copy of this book as a gift from Stephanie's Gift Reports in exchange for an honest review.

The Wraith of Carter's Mill is told in 4 separate stories.

The first story is The Sensitives. This book centers around Libby as child. She is haunted by a short dark shadow of a man. Julia, Libby's mom, knows all about the shadow man, but she is mean and refuses to help Libby. Poor Libby spends her entire childhood afraid.

The second story is The Guardians. Libby has long since left her old home. She now has a wonderful husband and a daughter that she thinks hung the stars. When Lily's mother dies, Libby and her family return for the funeral. Libby soon learns that her daughter, Shyanne, has seen the dark man. Libby learns that she is a seer, and it is her job to protect and direct Shyanne.

The third story is The Forgotten. In this short story, we learn that the curse of the dark man is growing increasingly powerful, It is Shyanne and her daughter Melody who come up against the curse. Shyanne knows that she has the power to end the curse for good, and thats just what she plans to do.

In the fourth and final story, Carter's Mill, we see flashbacks to the very beginning telling us how the curse originated from a man named Zeb who was the original leader of the Carter Clan. It all comes down to Shyanne. She must dig deep to find the wraith's story and the curse that came with it. When that is accomplished, she can put an end to the Carter women's suffering once and for all.

This was a really great paranormal read. The story line was unique and so were the characters. If you like ghosts, you should give this collection a try.
Profile Image for Tammy Hall.
401 reviews22 followers
August 20, 2015
I have always been attracted to the paranormal. It intrigues me I could almost say that it tugs at me from the inside out. After seeing the cover of The Wraith of Carter's Mill I knew that this was going to be one book that tugged at the paranormal side of me. I can tell you I was not disappointed in anyway by this book. The Wraith of Carter's Mill is broken down into 4 novellas but still telling the complete story. It begins with Libby as a child and follows her through to her daughter Shyanne. The horrors that plague them is nothing shot of nail biting suspense. I began to feel as if I were right there along side Libby and Shyanne and could feel and taste their fear. I wanted to reach out and save them make things better for each of them but knowing I could not help was almost as terrifying as their story.
The Wraith of Carter's Mill is one book that is not lacking in any way of the paranormal/suspense genre. I absolutely could not but this book down once I started reading it. This book will pull you in set you down and take you on a horror show like no other and in the end leave you pondering whether or not this story could be real. Did I just read a piece of some sort of thrilling history or was it all just made up in my mind. Either way this is one story that will stick with you.
If The Wraith of Carter's Mill is the start of the type of books I can expect from C. Evenfall then I say please give me more I will be excitedly waiting.
Profile Image for Andrea Murray.
Author 6 books65 followers
October 28, 2015
Carter’s Mill
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for this review.
The Curse of the Carter Women is the final and best installment of The Wraith of Carter’s Mill. If read chronologically, this fourth novel should come first. I read all four novels in order to write this review and to find out what happened to the Carter women, and by far, I enjoyed the “older” segments best. The author does a fantastic job recreating the history of this family’s self-inflicted tragedy.
The twining of the modern and past Carter family was intriguing. Unraveling the mystery of the ubiquitous creature harassing the current Carter seer, Shyanne, will take the reader on an adventure through time. I would have loved to see more of that history, an expansion of the epilogue included in the fourth novel. The epilogue felt a bit rushed, and since the historical parts were my favorite, I’d have liked to see the full history, the struggles (both physical and emotional) of the victims of Zeb’s and Martha’s victims.
My one complaint was the shifting POV. I typically enjoy seeing the plot unfold from numerous perspectives; however, I like a more organized style. The POV often changed randomly mid-chapter, switching back and forth almost haphazardly. It made the writing feel a bit immature at times.
Profile Image for Sandy.
2,526 reviews59 followers
November 13, 2015
This novel runs deep and I loved it in so many ways. The story flashes back between present day and the 1800's when the curse was first placed upon the family. The women of the family are plagued by the curse only it is not discovered until later exactly how it all fits together and the creep factor keeps this book close at hand as I tried to go about my day forgetting about Ethel and Libby. I tried, I really tried to put the novel down but in the back of my mind, I feared for what was about to transpire and then it festered until I just couldn’t take it any longer and then the story grew and I myself, heard the little man, with his teeth clackin’ clackin’ as he stood before me all dressed in black. As the years past, I wondered who was going to get to the heart of this matter and find out the history of this man, who drained the color from the faces of the individuals who saw him, the innocent females whose faces dripped with tears as the man stood before them. It’s gripping, it’s powerful and I loved every minute of it! I think I might have found a new author to check out.
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
109 reviews
September 13, 2015
The women of the Carter family all are very special. They all are sensitive, to spirits that is. They are also being haunted. A short black mass that makes a horrible clicking noise with a stench so putrid it makes the eyes water. This is a story about four generations of women trying to deal with the fear of this spirit and discovering their abilities. Can overcome and fight or will it continue haunted and make these women suffer. Will they be able to find a way break a curse ans learn what caused this? Or will it haunt the family forever.
A very good book! I enjoyed each woman story over approximately 100 years and how they individually handled the problems of their time. The book is very well written and I enjoyed each woman's personality. Four fangs.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock!
Profile Image for Teresa.
981 reviews13 followers
August 20, 2015
This was absolutely a story that grabbed you at page one but didn't actually let you go at the last page. The book is about the Carter family women and the the little black man who chases the women of the family through the generations. Their are 4 parts to this book, each part is a short story to each of the women , Libby, Susan, Shyanne, and Julia.
Each character in the book is brought to life through the clear details C. Evenfall describes them with. You can fully picture these women and their plight in your minds eye. At times the story is seen so clearly you would think it was on a television show. She has really done a great job. I really enjoyed this book.
Profile Image for Sage Adderley.
Author 3 books83 followers
September 14, 2015
The layout of this book is very cool. I love how the author linked each generation of the Carter family to each other through sections, so it's like you are getting both a collection of short stories as well as a complete novel.

The stories revolve around an entity that is following the family through the different generations along with the spiritual gifts that some of the women in the family have. I enjoyed the eerie descriptions of the paranormal events. I found this collection to be very fulfilling and look forward to reading more from this author.
192 reviews13 followers
December 23, 2015
This was a unique but good read. The twisted family trouble that leads to the curse the Carter family is stuck with gives the book a very dark twist. The paranomal side with ghosts and the awful creature that tortures the Carter girls also adds to the story. There is just so much to love about this book, I personally could not put it down. I loved the twists throughout the story and can honestly say I have yet to read anything similar to this one.
Profile Image for Amber Eckstein.
485 reviews3 followers
September 26, 2015
I freaking love this.

I haven't read something like this in a long time. It is an unique book unlike something I have read before. Into the 1800s? Maybe like the supernatural, type story?

freaking an amazing story
Profile Image for Rhonda.
2,095 reviews27 followers
December 18, 2015
This is not what I usually read but I could not put it down. Loved the characters, story flow, intensity, fantasy, and the concept was good. The interactions of the characters was very good. The current story and history back stories flowed well together and kept the story going. I recommend this book. It may not be your normal read but give it a try. Given copy for honest review.
72 reviews
July 6, 2016
To read a book by C. Evenfall is a treat. Not only are you taken back in time, but you are given a flavor of the South, with her own touch of the paranormal, to give you goosebumps, and make you squirm in your seat! This is the 4th book in the series, and a win from Goodreads for me. It's also my first book I've ever read that's been written by her, and I guarantee that it won't be my last!!
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