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Donn's Hill

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
After returning home from her father’s funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she’ll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desper ...more
ebook, 330 pages
Published March 3rd 2017 by Immortal Works
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
“This is home.”

Moving in and getting used to a new town can be difficult for anyone but Mackenzie’s move to Donn’s Hill takes the prize. The story begins with Mackenzie exploring her new town and meeting new people, each and every character had a unique personality and I enjoyed discovering more about them as the story progressed.

It wasn’t long before peculiar things started happening in this book and I was so surprised to see just how many odd things could one little town like Donn’s Hill,
Errin Krystal
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll admit, I’m not generally a big reader of mystery and thrillers, but the synopsis for this book had me interested enough to give it a try. Plus the paranormal element and ghost hunters definitely helped sell it.

I am happy to report, I am glad I took a chance on reading something different. If I had of passed on this book, I really would have been missing out. I ended up thoroughly enjoying Donn’s Hill. I read the whole thin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Larrinaga's writing is casual and easy to read. She deftly pulls you into the world of Donn's Hill with approachable, quirky characters and a solidly built plot. Lurking within the strong writing are some bone-chilling, hackle-raising, what-the-hell-was-that-noise moments of delicious creepiness. This book isn't my usual genre, but I couldn't put it down. Larrinaga is a new author worth watching. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this promising series.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of Donn’s Hill in exchange for an honest review.

Donn’s Hill was most definitely expertly written, with a good mix of characters. It was an interesting idea to have Mac who could genuinely interact with people who had passed mixing with a ghost hunting show. This gave a good fictional representation of both sides of opinion as to whether ghosts etc are real.

Personally, I felt the plot was a bit slow but the expert writing made up for this.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mackenzie Clair pares down everything she owns into one backpack. She decides to move after she finds her boyfriend cheating on her upon coming home from her father's funeral. She ends up in Donn's hill the place her mother used to take her as a child. Strange things start happening when she arrives like seeing a man that's not really there. She is welcome by some but not by others in this strange little town. She starts to find there are paranormal forces at work and they are trying to tell her ...more
Julie Baswell
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mackenzie Clair’s mother died when she was very young. Now, her father has died also, leaving her with no living relatives. When she finds out that her long-time boyfriend is cheating on her, she kicks him out, finding herself alone for the first time in her life. Deciding to make a fresh start, she moves to Donn’s Hill since she has fond childhood memories of going there with her mother. As soon as she gets there though, a disturbing spirit starts haunting her. That’s when she finds out that Do ...more
Martin McConnell
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I received an ARC in exchange for a review on my website, and I can't shut up about the book ever since. Caryn has a way with characters. All of them have their own story, and felt very real.

I can't say what captured my attention. The plot is a little slow, but captivating. I probably got through it faster than most novels I read. It kept me hooked. I think the character and world building were the cause. It also kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it figured out, the plot would
Carl Hackman
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel was sent to my wife as an ARC for an honest review. I'll write her words here as she does not have an Amazon account.

The main character is brilliant and my wife says if we didn't have a house full of rescue dogs then she'd adopt a cat as she fell in love with striker. If you love the Ghost Hunters and other Paranormal T.V shows then this book is right up your street. It is has ghosts, psychics, seances and a murder mystery. What more could you ask for, apart from the next in the serie
Theresa Braun
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect summer read, especially if you can’t commit to a book genre. What I mean is that this story has something for all of your cravings: it’s part supernatural/paranormal, part mystery, and part crime, with a touch of horror. This is also a character driven story about self-discovery, friendship, trusting intuition, and much more. What makes Mackenzie’s journey so enjoyable is her voice. There’s a casual, down-to-earth tone to the narrative that kept me flipping the pages. She’s s ...more
Roxie Prince
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

'Donn's Hill' by Caryn Larrinaga (narrated by Jessica McEvoy)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
Finished on August 20, 2017
$2.99 on Kindle | $14.99 in Paperback | FREE with Audible Trial

Mackenzie Clair's father died. She found her boyfriend cheating on her. Now, she needs a fresh start. So, she moves to Donn's Hill, a place she used to go with her mother as a little girl, but when she gets there, more is awakened in her than just nostalgia. She disco
Tracey Digilormo
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I found it by accident really on my kindle. I had looked up another book and it had this one showing what other people bought when they got the particular book I was looking at. So I thought I would buy buy it and give it a try. I am so glad I did. So with me sharing how I found this book and author i will tell you my thoughts on the book lol.

I normally don't read paranormal books. I was caught up in the synopsis of the book. Mac moving back home after the death of he
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cosy mystery with a side of creepy

It's an old story - the new person in town seeking a fresh start, a murder that casts everything into question. The twist in this particular tale is Mac’s psychic powers and they add a delightfully creepy edge, especially at the beginning.

Aside from that, the book is well written, the supporting cast varied and interesting, the mystery fast paced, the answer not easily obvious, and the overall effect extremely promising.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this b
Tristan Pacheco
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I really liked the tone of this book. It was the type of book that you want to curl up in bed to. I met the author at a Pagan Pride festival and she introduced me to the book. I had just finished a different series and I was ready for something new. She was really nice and I could see her style reflected really well here. I suggest this to anyone who just wants to find something new. It gets a little slow in some parts, so I took a star, but it wasn't a terrible problem. I loved this b
Linda Montgomery
Different and I wrongly good!

I had expected this book to be a quick read and relaxing. I couldn't put it down; I felt connected from the first page! I was disappointed about it ending, wanting to read more. I will definitely be reading more of her books!
James Wymore
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you don't believe in ghosts before you read this book, you might after. Larrinaga's novel is an amazing paranormal murder mystery with characters you will love, a shocking ending, and plenty of supernatural twists along the way. The audoibook is fantastic, too.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from my son who is a friend of the author.
I'm not a fan of paranormal stories and stepped carefully into reading this story.
But I found it pulled me in (lol) slowly and held my interest until I realized I couldn't put it down easily. There were so many little details in Caryn's writing that were fun to discover as she refers to Salt Lake City of which I am familiar. Donn's Hill begins to grow on you and who wouldn't love Mac's furry friend? But the murder mystery is one of
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. Graham, the landlord at Primrose House, and Striker, the tortoiseshell cat, are my favorite characters.
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spooky, fun, and full of charm. An absolute delight!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a Dragon 2017 award finalist and it got my vote for best horror novel. There was some very good competition this year but in the end I like the personal nature of this story.
Sylvia Walker
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well-written tale of psychics and ghosts and murders. A couple of scenes were truly frightening. I liked the characters, flawed and human as they were. And I did like the cat.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Really interesting story and perfectly read by Jessica McEvoy! Will definitely listen to this audiobook some other time
S.L. Perrin
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hope to this turns into a series. So much potential. Written beautifully.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donn's Hill stole my heart

I loved Mackenzie as well as all the other unique and memorable characters, especially Graham. I like the culture of the town. Its definitely a place that would attract me if it existed in real life. I would like to visit it for sure! I'm definitely a huge fan of paranormal and psychic type powers. I would recommend this book to those who like mystery and paranormal and for those who enjoy falling in love with the characters. I hope I can visit Donn's Hill again.
Ashley Sherri
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Donn's Hill takes you on a young woman's journey to reestablish her life, and find out who she really is. It shows her developing to accept herself as a whole package especially as she learns more about herself. I enjoyed the depictions of the goings-on of the small town, very reminiscent of where I lived while attending high school myself which was a pleasant surprise. The story is written in an easy going style that makes you smile, despite what could have been a very dark harsh story. The sty ...more
Steve Matney
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance copy of this book for an honest review. I’m also real-life friends with the author. I’ll still try to be objective.

Mackenzie Clair is haunted. She’s starting a new life - restarting, really - and now, of course, she’s haunted. She is trying to rebuild her life in a town called Donn’s Hill, or, as we have so aptly dubbed it on the Plain Donuts podcast, Spooky Stars Hollow. We called it that because - as does its Gilmore Girls nicknamesake - the town of Donn’s Hill has more
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Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Mystery book! Lots of suspense! Mac moved to a small town named Donn's Hill after loosing her father and breaking up with her boyfriend. This isn't just any town, it is a town full of ghosts. A must read.
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Caryn Larrinaga is a writer living in Utah with her husband and their cats. Despite obtaining a degree in Anthropology (which is much cooler than you might think), she explored several career paths before deciding that she had to follow her passion. Suddenly, writing fiction was the only thing that made sense. When she’s not writing, Caryn likes to spend her time swearing at video games and guzzli ...more
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