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Cusp of Night

(Hode's Hill #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an
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Published June 12th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Cusp of Night is the first book in the Hode's Hill series by Mae Clair. I found the book on someone's blog and thought the concept sounded intriguing, so I bought a copy recently. It falls within a few genres, including historical fiction, paranormal, and mystery suspense. It was a great intro the author's style and voice, and I definitely plan to continue reading this series.

In the current period, Maya Sinclair had an accident where she was technically dead for 2 minutes and 22 seconds. During
The Fiend is as much a part of the lore of Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania as the Hode family is, itself. Newcomer Maya Sinclair becomes caught up in the mystery of the serial killer who terrorized the town in the late nineteenth century, but she never thought she would witness its evil return. The past has come back with a vengeance as Leland Hode is viciously assaulted by the Fiend and Maya comes on the gruesome scene on her walk home alone, late at night. Has the Fiend returned? Has it ever left? M ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maya Sinclair is recovering from a nearly fatal car accident. She was dead for more than two minutes, but resuscitated by medical staff. She remembers flitting images, or at least the feeling, of being in the Aether. It was like a holding ground for spirits who would be returning to earth. Maya goes to Hode Hill, PA to spend time with a friend and recover from her physical and mental ordeal. She gets sucked into local lore and gossip almost immediately. The Hode family has run things in Hode Hil ...more
Sherry Fundin
The truth may hide in dark places, but Maya WILL go there!

Mae Clair is one of my go to authors and she did not disappoint in this riveting supernatural thriller that takes us from the present to the past and back again.

More missing people and more monster sightings has Maya Sinclair determined to find answers to the mystery. She teams up with Collin Leland and he takes her places she never would have went on her own.

The danger is very real, but th
at will never stop Maya from seeking the answers
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
CUSP is the Turning Point of one period to the next. Clair visits the life of a nineteenth century spiritualist known as the Blue Lady. Fear is realized and life secrets are revealed when Maya Sinclair, a modern day librarian comes to live in the abode once inhabited by the Blue Lady now long dead. Hode's Hill Pennsylvania has its history shadowed by murders committed by THE FIEND. Haunted telling by Clair of what happens when the Fiend returns to kill and a spirit reaches out to Maya for closur ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Mae Clair's Cusp of Night (Lyrical Press 2018), Book 1 in her Hode's Hill series, Maya Sinclair takes a job doing library research in a town she has never lived in, moving to a home managed by the town's namesake, Hode Development. What she does know is she loves research, is drawn to the small-town nature of Hode's Hill, and is eager to see where it all leads. It doesn't take long to find out that the town is known more than anything for gory killings committed at the turn of the century tha ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 and 1 / 2 stars

This book switches back and forth between the late 1890’s and the present. In the 1890’s it tells the story of Lucinda “Lucy” Glass, a spiritualist and who is a woman with an unfortunate affliction and Maya Sinclair who in the present day is a reference librarian.

In 1900 Charlotte Hode was on her way to see her spiritualist, Lucinda Glass, also known as The Blue Lady. It was very dark and foggy. When she got to Ms. Glass’ home she discovered she was ill. Returning home, she is
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erie, suspenseful, sometimes sad, Cusp of Night held my interest up to the last page and remained with me long after I finished it.
The spine-tingling essence of the plot is thoroughly enjoyable. From the very beginning, the author, Mae Clair, sets the scene for a fascinating, intriguing story.
Maya Sinclair’s arrival in Hode’s Hill, a small community, triggers a chain of events that both frightens and bewilders her. You never know what secrets people in a small town try to hide.
The Hodes are ri
Jan Sikes
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved every book I've read, by Mae Clair, and Cusp of Night is no exception. I loved how Mae created two dual timelines and she was able to take me seamlessly from one to the other. I also admire Mae for her historical accuracy. I had never heard of blue-skinned people but discovered their existence through this book. My heart broke for the blue-skinned woman in Mae's book, Lucinda Glass. She only wanted to be loved and cherished as any normal woman would. But, the circumstances that surr ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story has everything that intrigues me - ghosts, mediums, seances, buried secrets.  And that cover!  I've read several other books by this author, and couldn't wait to dive into this new series.

The timelines blend seamlessly in this intricately plotted supernatural mystery, and the gradual reveal of Lucinda's life is both fascinating and heartbreaking.  Maya is also a compelling protagonist, and I enjoyed her reaction upon realizing she wasn't the only resident in her house - entirely belie
Harmony Kent
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cusp of Night is a supernatural suspense that keeps you intrigued all the way from beginning to end. I love the timeline switches between modern day and the late 1800s, which were written seamlessly and are easy to follow. It is obvious how in-depth the author’s research was, and Mae Clair manages to build this into the story and educate the reader without appearing to do so at all, producing an effortless and entertaining read. I loved the blue lady and the two main characters. Every character, ...more
Judith Post
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! The research on spiritualism...and how mediums tricked "sitters"...was remarkable. The story was seeped in a dark, eerie tone and the mystery was solid. The characters felt real. I gladly followed Maya and Collin as they struggled to find answers. I enjoy paranormal and mysteries, and this book combined both really well. I highly recomment this!
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was fantastic! Having already been a huge fan of Mae, I admit I went into this with tremendous expectations, all of which were exceeded. However, I must admit that in the beginning, I did get a little confused about who was who regarding the names of various family members and their roles in the community - but my confusion did not last long. As typical with Mae Clair, after introductions were made and a small bit of backstory was provided, a roller-coaster ride of mystery, suspense, p ...more
Staci Troilo
If you’re reading a novel that’s thick with atmosphere, rife with lore, fraught with tension, and chock full of characters you adore or despise, there’s a good chance you’re reading a novel by Mae Clair. This novel, CUSP OF NIGHT, ticks all of the boxes. And then some.

Maya Sinclair is a perfect heroine. She’s flawed, but in a likable way, and is the perfect vehicle to carry the contemporary timeline in this novel. I loved learning the history of the town—and the histories of spiritualism and fre
Robbie Cheadle
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Mae Clair and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maya Sinclair has recently moved to Hode's Hill to restart her life following a terrible car accident. Maya was clinically dead for 2 minutes and 22 seconds and found this time when her soul resided in the Aether, Heaven's waiting room, very traumatic. She has obtained a great job at the local library and found the perfect place to live for an affordable price. She also has a close friend who lives in the town and life ...more
Bonnye Reed
GAB Cusp of Night is the first of the Hode's Hill Mystery/Thrillers by Mae Clair, and though it establishes a grounding for those books that follow, it is completely stand alone. Hode's Hill, Pennsylvania is a very small town even today, and Cusp of Night is set in two time periods, beginning April 9, 1900, and a following tale set in the present day. The generations of several families bridge these times, and carry the tale with them.

And it is an exciting story, filled with mysteries and monste
Anita Dawes
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Equal parts monster and fallen angel…”
I knew when I read the blurb that I had to read the first book in Mae Clair’s new series, Cusp of Night and I wasn’t disappointed.
It is an unusual story, beautifully written, dripping with a chilling mystery that draws you into the dark world of spiritualism and myth. Mae Clair skilfully blends and intertwines the chapters, connecting the reader to the 1900’s and the present day and the mysteries of both.
I especially loved the way the mysteries from the pas
Joan Hall
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s not often that I find an author whose work I enjoy so much that I will automatically buy each new release. Such is the case with Mae Clair. When I learned she was starting the Hode’s Hill Series, I eagerly looked forward to reading the first book. Cusp of Night did not disappoint.

Clair weaves two parallel storylines—one from the past, another from the present—into one compelling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. She blends mystery and suspense with history and the paranorma
Debbie Peterson
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have received an ARC from NetGalley, and my oh my...

What a wondrous beginning to a brand new series by gifted author, Mae Clair!

Having recently moved to Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair gets more than just the bargain she received on her new home. You know that lovely old idiom, “if these walls could talk?” Well, in their own unique way, Maya’s walls really do. Cusp of Night treats us to legends, phantoms, family secrets, and ghosts—all wrapped around a little known historical fact inv
Jessica Belmont
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as part of a blog tour. All opinions are my own.*

I loved the back and forth between present day and the past. It was a thrilling journey as you learned piece by piece what happened to Lucinda Glass, and how it effected the present reality of all the characters.

I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of this story. You always feel like you're going to get an answer, and then the author gives you half an answer and another question. It was never boring, and it was compl
N.A. Granger
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, one in the Hode’s Hill series by Mae Claire. It had all the things that make for a good mystery – a historical basis, an unknown murderous entity, a psychic, a touch of paranormal, a growing romantic relationship and great story telling. What’s not to like? It was a perfect summer beach read, only I read it on a boat circumnavigating Iceland…
The story opens in 1900 with a dead-of-rainy-night visit by society woman Charlette Hode to a renowned spiritualist, Lucinda Glass, on w
Colleen M. Chesebro
After surviving a car accident that nearly killed her, Maya Sinclair moves to Hodes Hill, Pennsylvania. She decides to rent an old brownstone close to where Charlotte Hode was murdered over a century ago.

Maya is still haunted by the time she spent in the Aether, hovering between life and death in a reality where souls with unfinished business lingered. Now, she finds her perceptions altered, opening the doors to her own clairvoyance.
It doesn’t take long for the house to connect with its new occu
Tessa (Talks Books)
Jumping into paranormal suspense is a significant leap for me. I don’t like horror. I don’t get a thrill from being scared. So I was a bit nervous starting Cusp of Night. What if it is too scary? Gives me nightmares? Or worse?

Cusp of Night is an incredible read. It is suspenseful but never once even steps a toe over the line into horror. Did I get chills and goosebumps? You bet I did and more than once. But I was never scared and never once hid under the covers.

What I loved

I loved the characters
D. Peach
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old traffic accident left Maya Sinclair briefly dead and wandering in the Aether. Now, fully recovered and newly settled in the town of Hode’s Hill, that experience makes her the perfect person to solve some centuries-old mysteries that are entwined with a present-day haunting, murder, and manhunt.

Hode’s Hill is a place where the spiritualist movement of the 19th century was present in the form of the Blue Lady, a blue-skinned spiritualist who, for the most part, ran a sophisticated scam. Th
Balroop Singh
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Cusp of Night’ by Mae Clair gripped me right in the beginning with Charlotte’s walk through the rain, the mention of Fiend and the mystery that deepens with each page as the echoes of footsteps reverberate through your heart; the view of Chinkwe river sets the tone of a riveting tale of Lady Glass, the mysterious blue lady who claimed to be a spiritualist. The description of surroundings is vivid and exotic, Mae’s style of writing is enchanting and her adroit merging of past and present so enga ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maya Sinclair has just moved to Hode’s Hill, PA and has discovered the town is rich in history. The first being a creature called the Fiend that has a history of brutally killing people. The town folk dress up in what they think the Fiend would look like and have a festival to celebrate it. On Maya’s first Fiend Festival she witnesses the attack of Leland Hode. Maya decides to look into this attack and find out who the attacker really is.

At the same time Maya has strange, paranormal like occurre
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was worried about this book, as it was the first discounted book I purchased via a BookBub email, but I found it pretty well-written. I tend to like "spiritualist" / ghost mysteries, though of course I prefer them with a romance. I can't even call this one romance-adjacent. I'd posit the two leads have very little chemistry - there's only one moment where they're like "when this is all over, let's get dinner" - "blush." I thought many times that I saw opportunities for development of romance - ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A spooky treat!

Recovering from an accident that almost took Maya Sinclair's life, she moves to the small town of Hode's Hill and is immediately swept into an ancient legend. Strange occurrences begin to happen in the home she's renting, and along with a group of new friends, Maya researches the town's history and finds a disturbing trail of murder and deceit.

Past and present collide when a young woman turns up dead and one of Maya's friends is gravely wounded at the hands of a monster known as T
Jessica Bakkers
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cusp of Night is a mystery novel with a paranormal flavour, rich in characters, setting, and suspense. Author Mae Clair crafts a unique setting in Hode's Hill and fills it with all manner of quirky characters with hidden backstories and deep secrets. A mystery is unravelled (well, more than one actually!) and the reader is drawn in to solve the mystery alongside the protagonist Maya. Along the way, we are treated to an intriguing series of flashbacks set at the turn of the century (20th century ...more
Janice Spina
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cusp of Night is another gripping beginning of an occult mystery series that will keep you riveted. Mae Clair has created once again a memorable storyline in this new series.

You can see that the author has done her share of research in the field of the occult in the past and present in order to make this book more believable. The characters are fascinating, a blue woman, a fiend, a family with secrets more horrendous than they could ever imagine, a woman who is trying to put her life back togeth
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A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of ur

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