The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow’s Journey
The tale of a widow's harrowing journey through grief and peril into the cold remnants of a dead world.
Damon Sharpe had in part found victory, he believed, in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife Anne a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to the enigma of his obsession, the Mourner’s Cradle.
A journey thr
Be careful around Marion Cemetery or the shadows might carry you away.
Dominguez should know: he's the cemetery's only gravedigger!
This 96 page novella is set in St Charles in 1979. It opens with a section called Cemetery Whispers in which the reader is introduced to Lucy Newcomb through a description of her visit to her aunt's grave. She meets Dominguez fleetingly and then later having a drink in Candle Square asks Mike the bartender fo ...more
Whilst she did not know exactly what Damon was trying to do, her determination and sheer stubbornness, helped her through this trying time. Going with her was Ruben, a ...more
“She couldn’t shake the thoughts of the cemetery from her mind.”
Absolute massive, huge apology to both Tommy B. Smith and Crystal Lake Publishing.
In November 2018, I read an interview with Mr Smith on Kendall Reviews. I was just in the process of joining the team and Gavin offered up an ARC of this book, ‘The Mourner’s Cradle’ for review. I accepted and then for some reason or another this thing got put aside, buried in my review TBR. There w ...more
I gave this novel four stars!
In a nutshell, this book is about a widow named Anne Sharpe. Her husband Damon was researching a location he thought housed a long-gone civilization just before he died, and in a strange turn of events, Anne decides to embark on a journey to discover just what lies there.
Expecting a hard trek, Anne's journey quickly spirals out of control, turning into a complete nightmare. Can she survive the brutal landscape where this supposed ...more
A strong heroine is always to be desired, and in THE MOURNER'S CRADLE author Tommy B. Smith offers us one of the strongest. Newly widowed Anne Sharpe, wife of an unfortunately discredited historical/archaeological researcher, is nearly indefatigable. Not a superman (in the Nietzschean meaning), but an individual who withstands far more than most in contemporary pampered culture could tolerate. I think she's become one of my idols. Like the Timex watc ...more
When I received a copy of The Mourner’s Cradle it ticked all of the boxes I wanted it to tick at a first glance. It had archaeological discovery and a race to unearth something thought lost to time by some and purely a myth by others. It has the horror element to it and sounded like a bit of a thriller/page-turner. That, and the fact that it’s published by Crystal Lake. I haven’t read anything of theirs yet that I d ...more
Anne is slowly collapsing in on herself after the death of her husband Damon. She comes to the realization that when Damon was alive she had been competing with her husband's mistress....his research. Now after his death she decides to finish where he left off and complete his work since it seems it is the only way for her to come to grips with why he chose his work more then time spent with her. Damon was trying to find a legendary graveyard in a remote p ...more
Smith pens a great horror story in The Mourner's Cradle. It's an interesting story featuring Anne Sharpe. This story takes the reader on Anne's journey. It's filled with intrigue and grit, and I enjoyed this story. There was an intense feeling that lingers throughout the story. It gives a sense of despicable behavior of the human condition, while also sharing grief and even a bit of insanity. This story was well-written, and the pace of the story was part of great flow from beginni ...more
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