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The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow’s Journey

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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

Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published September 14th 2018 by Crystal Lake Publishing
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John Adams
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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AUTISM FRIENDLY REVIEW The Mourner's Cradle by Tommy B Smith

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
Yvonne Davies
When Damon, Anne Sharpe’s husband suddenly passed away, all she wanted to do was to prove his name. Ridiculed in his academic field, Damon was trying to prove that the Mourner’s cradle, an old burial ground was real, and he thought he found it. Traveling to Peru, she not only has to battle the cold but other’s out for the research.
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
Steve Stred
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

“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
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Such is the quality of Silver Lake Publishers that seldom do I need to check plot summaries or reviews. Usually I just read whatever freebies they tend to so generously provide for reviews to their subscribers. That means no idea what to expect from this book, but initial chapter promised a mysterious vanished South American civilization and that certainly sounded right up my alley. Subsequent chapters took the story in another direction, something more along the lines of survival at high altitu ...more
Jonathan Pongratz
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Original Review at Jaunts & Haunts


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
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Review: THE MOURNER'S CRADLE by Tommy B. Smith

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
Swords & Spectres
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a digital copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got this as an ARC for an honest review.
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
Amy Shannon
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Raw and gritty

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
Iseult Murphy
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it

After the death of her husband, obsession drives his widow on a quixotic quest, which might just bring about the end of the world.
I found parts of the story interesting. The main characters annoyed me.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A widow's journey to finding herself... you can read my full review here ...more
Ann Keeran
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book with a widow trying to discover what her husband was searching for. A story of courage and perseverance.
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Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, award-winning author of The Mourner's Cradle, Poisonous, the short story collection Pieces of Chaos, and the new coming of age novel, Anybody Want to Play WAR? His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats.

More information can be found on his website at

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