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End of Day

(Hode's Hill #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The past is never truly buried…  

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Lyrical Press (first published January 2018)
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Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
End of Day is the second book in the Hode's Hill series by Mae Clair. I've previously read the first one, which can be read as a stand-alone book. Although many of the same characters are included, the primary story is different and contained within each book. You might learn something in a later book which would've been better not to know in the first book, but that's the only true risk. This series is a suspense thriller with elements from the mystery, fantasy, and science-fiction genres.

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They said the first body to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery would become the town’s protector against evil. Gabriel Vane’s burial was anything but being laid to rest peacefully and now, over two hundred years later, his grave has been desecrated, his remains stolen. Descendants of those involved in his death are now experiencing strange accidents and two “gifted” people must join forces to attempt to uncover the lies that have been hidden for centuries and truly put Gabriel’s soul to res ...more
Sherry Fundin
End of Day by Mae Clair is Book Ii of the Hode’s Hill series. It is told from two points of view, jumping from the past to the present, keeping the mystery from both perspectives alive throughout the story.

Gabriel Vane, an emerald, and…death.

Gabriel’s death…it is so terrifyingly horrific that it gave me the shivers and had the hair on my arms and the back of my neck standing up. Mae Clair does a wonderful job of showing, not telling, as the words bring the scene to life and I couldn’t help but p
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mae Clair has made a sinister tale that takes place in Hode's Hill. This is the 2nd in this series of which both are excellent. Seances, Monsters, Grave Robbers, Historians, all paired with an amazing story of paranormal flavor. Clair is a skilled author of CAN NOT PUT DOWN novels. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley. Comments here are my honest opinion." ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beware of powers that push the boundaries of time!

In this second installment to the Hode Hill mysteries, we learn of a horrific crime committed over two centuries ago that still holds a town in its fearsome grip today.

Jillian Cley follows a long line of ancestors whose duty it is to tend the burial plot of Hode’s Hill Cemetery’s first ‘victim‘, Gabriel Vane. But when Gabriel’s remains are stolen just days before All Hallows Eve, it unleashes a string of macabre accidents all tied to the town’s e
Staci Troilo
Mae Clair is on my “must read” list, and END OF DAY is an excellent example of why. She has an unparalleled ability to grab a reader’s attention with the very first word and keep it until the last. In this case, we’re back in Hode’s Hill. And by “back” I mean BACK. This is another dual timeline story (a device I find fascinating and engaging) and both present day and historical events are handled masterfully.

END OF DAY introduces us to new characters and allows us to visit familiar ones—and get
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This may have been book 2 of the Hode's Hill series but I would consider it a standalone novel. Lots of suspense and mystery. I loved the paranormal aspect to the story.

We learn the story of the Hode's Hill church and cemetery through 2 periods of time. The contents fluctuate between present day and historical time. That made things even more intriguing.

I felt a connection between Jillian and it being the case of the first man buried alive in the cemetery. Her family was to always care for that
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mae Clair has returned to the weird little town of Hode's Hill, where things aren't always as they seem, and where the terrible sins of the past continue to impact the present, often in undesirable ways. Once again, Clair has used her excellent writing skills to pull readers into this mystery within a mystery. She layers chills upon heartbreak upon budding romance, and the result is a seamless story that works beautifully, and reminds us that what we think we know of our own history just might n ...more
Debbie Peterson
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In End of Day, the second book in author Mae Clair’s masterful Hode’s Hill series, we meet Jillian Cley, a woman with an unusual gift as well as an unusual duty. For generations her family has been tasked with and has watched over a certain man, in a certain grave, in a certain cemetery. A task accomplished with relative ease—until now.

As Halloween approaches, someone sneaks into the cemetery and desecrates this hallowed grave. In a further unconscionable act, that someone steals the bones of th
Bonnye Reed
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GNab Mae Clair brings us an excellent compelling story that bridges time between autumn of 1799 and the present time, peopled with interesting protagonists and an excellent dog, ghosts and goblins and monsters most fierce. A very small town, Hode's Hill, Pennsylvania is compact and isolated and most folks idea of an ideal place to live. We have the same core families that were prevalent in the Cusp of Night and hopefully they will remain throughout the series. I am hooked. Thank you Netgalley, f ...more
Joan Hall
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mae Clair has an incredible ability to draw readers in and keep their attention. I’ve read several of her books, and like the others, End of Day kept my interest until the end.

The first of her Hode’s Hill Series, Cusp of Night, was the first book I had read with parallel storylines. Mae takes you back in time to tell the story of Gabriel Vane. His life is closely intertwined with modern day character, Jillian Cley, whom we meet briefly in Cusp of Night.

Jillian has a unique gift, and her family h
Natalie Ducey
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another gem! Review to follow.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although there are some repeat characters from Cusp of Night, this installment in the series centers around Jillian Cley, her family history, and the troubles currently plaguing both Jillian and her sister, Madison. Jillian and her faithful therapy dog Blizzard take frequent walks together with one of the destinations being the Hode’s Hill Cemetery. Generations of her family have been tasked with watching over Gabriel Vane’s grave and ensuring that he is not forgotten. But when Jillian and the r ...more
D.L. Finn
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved "Cusp of Night" I've been waiting for the second book of the Hode Hill series. I enjoyed this book as much, if not more than the first one. The budding relationship between Jillian, a reclusive empath, and Dante, the wealthy artist who does seances, was the perfect fit. Several stories were going on and told from two different timelines. It was an ideal balance between now and then. Learning about Gabriel in 1799 and how it affects Jillian and the town now, made it hard to ...more
C.S. Boyack
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored Cusp of Night, the first in the Hode’s Hill series. End of Day surpasses it by a long shot. The author stays with her dual timelines, and it really works for this series. The tragic story of Gabriel Vane and how his demise affects the present story is wonderful. Like all of Clair’s stories, the character interactions are wonderful too. All of them are fully fleshed out, and their points of view are unique. Boys are presented like boys, budding romance is presented as kind of awkward, as ...more
Judith Post
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is "Oh, wow!" I've been waiting and waiting for this book, and it was even better than I expected it to be! The story was wonderful. The characters were wonderful. And the reason behind everything guessed it, WONDERFUL. I kept wondering why the plague hit Hode's Hill. And I never saw the neat twist coming. I liked every single character so much! Well, everyone but the villains. And even then, Clive tugged at my heart. The conclusion of Warren and Clive's story was so perf ...more
Marta Ilieva
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you want suspense and paranormal, End of Day is the book for you. It tells the story of the Hode’s Hill cemetery from two different time periods. It’s scary, has relatable characters, and the antagonists are just…awesome. Supernatural beings? Thugs? Grave robbers? Yes, please! I did not realize this is the second book in a series, but it can definitely be a standalone. Mae Clair’s vivid descriptions created one of the best suspense/supernatural folklores I’ve read in a while.

Thank you NetGall
Kathleen Gray
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd not read Mae Clair before so I did not know what to expect of this but it was darn intriguing. Jillian is both guardian of the bones of Gabriel Vane and the woman who will untangle the complicated history of Hode's Hill. She's a bit of an odd duck but an interesting character. She teams up with Dante Deluca, a medium, to solve the mysteries. There's a dual time line here which adds to the creepiness. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Suspend belief and give this a try. ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Hode's Hill trilogy but this book could have been read as a standalone. There were a few cross-over characters, but the main characters were ones that weren't really central to the first book in the series. I was disappointed that the main characters from the first book played such a small part in the second. I would have liked a bit more follow up from them. This one seemed to also have a bit more violence than the first book and that put me off a bit. But Ms. Cla ...more
Colleen Chesebro
I’m excited to share the second book in the series, “End of Day” by Mae Clair. It also is a paranormal suspense novel written with a dual timeline alternating between the year 1799 and the present. And yes… I’m raving about this book, as well!

In 1799, the village of Hode’s Hill and the surrounding community are ravaged by a beast who systematically starts killing off all the livestock.

The situation is so dire that the young Gabriel Vane, a hardworking farmer who has fallen in love with his best
Robbie Cheadle
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Hode's Hill series of books by Mae Clair. I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series so I had high expectations for this new book. These were certainly met in End of Day which I enjoyed even more than the first book.

End of Day is a fairly dark and compelling reading, told on two timelines separated by over two hundred years. Gabriel Vane is an orphan, who is becoming a successful farmer in his small community, through hard work and determination. He
Jessica Bakkers
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a Mae Clair fan for some time now, and Book 2 of her Hode's Hill series has been on my TBR pile for quite a while. I'm so glad I waited until I wasn't rushed to read it, as I was able to take my time and thoroughly enjoy Ms. Clair's latest offering.

To my mind, End of Day has a distinctly darker flavour than other Clair books - something I personally loved - and it delivers the usual tense, tightly-paced story and excellent writing I've come to expect from Clair. An example of Clair's e
D. Peach
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first book in the Hode’s Hill series, Cusp of Night, and liked this one even better. Though characters from the first book are present in the periphery of the story, Clair switches the main focus to Dante and Jillian for this second book. Reading the first novel in the series is helpful for some of the details, but End of Day can easily stand alone. The story is straight forward and wraps up tightly in the end.

The book is a nice blend of paranormal, thriller, and mystery genres. Cl
Harmony Kent
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The past is never truly buried. Nor can history be changed, no matter how much you might want it remembered differently.

End of Day is the second book of the Hodes Hill Series but works well as a standalone novel. The main characters differ from those in book 1, but a common character thread runs throughout, giving the MCs from book 1 a more minor role in book 2 and bringing previously low-key characters to the fore in book 2.

The narrative switches back and forth between historical time and prese
Jan Sikes
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every Mae Clair book that I've read and this one is no exception! The way she intertwines the past and present to build the entire story is fantastic! When the empathic Jillian Cley crosses paths with Dante DeLuca who communicates with spirits in the other world, things are bound to get interesting. And they do. Jillian struggles to control her sensitivities and has a service dog, a Husky, who helps to ground her. There are a lot of characters in this story. But, I never had trouble ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series (and have the third one pre-ordered) and was so excited to read End of Day, I made it my choice for book club.

This is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold, dreary night.  Some scenes will send chills up your spine and have you glancing over your shoulder to make sure no one's there.  With book club members, it spawned spirited conversations ranging from genetics (an odd choice, I know) to our beliefs in ghosts and mediums.  For this horror fan, it was
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Generations of Jillian’s family have been tasked with tending the grave of Gabriel Vane. Legend has it that as first to be buried in the Hode’s Hill cemetery, Gabriel guards the burial ground from evil. Jillian takes her role very seriously, but is also dealing with the fallout of her brother-in-law’s murder, which has left her sister, Madison, in a catatonic state.
And then someone robs the grave, removing Gabriel’s bones, and all hell lets loose…
In this, the second of the Hode’s Hill novels, we
Gwendolyn Plano
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Author Mae Clair demonstrates rare skill in this second book of the Hode’s Hill series. Particularly noteworthy is the ease with which she travels between the late 1700s and the present. The seamless intertwining of the storylines is, at times, breathtaking.

End of Day not only grabs at the heart, it opens doors to alternative ways of seeing. Readers face questions and possibilities, at times unsettling, at times reassuring. The story is a mystery that is full of contrasts -- of time, of charact
Frederick Anderson
This book is the second of the 'Hodes Hill' series, and as such shares some of the characters from its predecessor, but it is nonetheless a stand-alone story and in many ways quite differently constructed. You are transported back to a time when superstition and greed were less well disguised, perhaps, then returned to watch as those descended from sinners are compelled to face their history in the present day. Reading back on the author's introduction to the book and the reviews here, there is ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this entry in the Hode's Hill series. The parallel stories were interesting and each had characters that were well written and engaging. I liked the paranormal twists and parts of the story were quite scary. Hode's Hill is an interesting place and each story has both new characters and familiar faces from previous books. I'm hoping the author has plans for more books as it seems this town has many, many secrets. I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series. ...more
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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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