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That Night on the Bayou

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  20 reviews

Cypress, Louisiana is a town layered with secrets. And Patsy Bundy sees the ghosts that seep through the thick Southern air, telling stories people would prefer to forget. Much to her mother’s chagrin, Patsy’s visions set the town ablaze with new rumors, driving her out of town—and away from the boy she loves. But, seven years later, Cypress’s secret past is revealed—a pro

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Published November 25th 2019 by Black Rose Writing
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J. Schlenker
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a book that's hard to put down, especially if you can relate because you are from a small town in the south, which I am. Even if you're not, I think you will find this a real page turner and hard to put down. The author uses just the right amount of story along with rich description. It has much the same feel to me as Where the Crawdads Sing. Would highly recommend. ...more
Tracey S
I received a free arc from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

The lush writing describing the Louisiana bayou really set the tone for this wonderful family story. The characters were interesting and multi-faceted (for the most part - Pierre was pretty much a cardboard cut out!) and the main storyline of Patsy and her relation to her mother, father, childhood best friend and his mother was compelling and moving.
However, this book felt like the outlines of three books in one - there is a sug
Susan Obryan
Melissa Woods has captured the essence of the South and small towns in this mystery novel. You can practically feel the humidity pressing down on the characters as they go about trying to survive the past and present along a Louisiana bayou.

Since she was a young girl, Patsy has been haunted by visions and ghosts.. Her best friend has been by her side, but even he's having trouble distinguishing between fact and fiction. When an imprisoned killer nears time for his release, the town's worst-kept
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patsy has visions. Not visions of sugar plums but of death. This tale is one of family, friendship, love and death. It follows the life of Patsy as she grows up near the bayou. She can see things that have happened in the past and is labeled a witch. Coinciding with her visions, town secrets come to light. If you want a good family and mystery saga this is the book for you. Stay safe and stay home.
Leah Hines
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about people. Taking place in a small community and told from several characters points of view, a mystery unravels as the people reflect on the past and try to accept the present. The characters are complex and deep. The author tells a realistic story about growing up, aging, and coming to terms with life. It is engrossing and well written. I read it in one sitting. I quickly became invested in these characters.
Karen Hugg
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That Night on the Bayou is a great read for those who like the spunky energy and warm hospitality of the South. It's a uniquely Louisiana kind of experience, filled with the ghostly atmosphere of the bayou and the blunt dialogue of its people. Patsy, a young woman, is tired of the racism and small mindedness that permeates her small town and is aching to get out. But getting out is difficult when you're tied to the past--especially for a "witch" who has visions of murders that happened decades a ...more
Sophia Moskalenko
I loved, loved, loved the complex and conflicted characters that live on the pages of Melissa's TNOTB. Ruth is my all-time favorite, what a survivor, what a powerful, no-nonsense woman! I could practically feel sweat rolling down my back as the book immersed me into the Louisianna heat, it's foggy, salty, ghost-filled air. Eeerie, consuming, memorable. ...more
Marie Bokker
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away and totally captivated by this book. I could not put it down. That Night on the Bayou is a book about a family’s struggle with social dichotomies and blocked love brought about by a mystery that is ultimately revealed through a strong willed child’s visions, strength, and perseverance.
Swati Hegde
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beta-read-edit
I recently had the pleasure of reading Melissa's upcoming novel, THAT NIGHT ON THE BAYOU. I can't tell you how much I loved it -- the premise is so intriguing and the characters are extremely well-written. Congrats to Melissa on her publication deal! ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was ok

This book could really have done with some strong editing. I love books set in the South and the premise of the book was good but the plot line was totally confused. The main character, Patsy, was intensely annoying and exhausting. She seemed to be constantly flouncing off in a huff or throwing a tantrum about something. She has a 'gift' and sees ghosts/has visions of death but apparently can only see ghosts of people killed by Archibald Parsons in the swamp near her home in
Corrine Ardoin
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life on a Louisiana bayou could not be more difficult as it is for the families involved in tragic events that took place decades ago. The author's deft layering of memories from these incidents, unfolding in each character's actions, is this book's strength. It gives a sense of being on the bayou, immersed in its muddy depths, and struggling with the characters as they strive to cope when news of a killer's release from prison spreads. Though individual family members may fail, they never give ...more
Bec Gillmore
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I downloaded it to read over my holidays, and it was such an easy read - perfect for lazing in the sun with.

I love the characters, the internal dialogue, their complexities, the mystery. This book has a really warm feel to it.

I’m from Australia so the extent of my knowledge of the south is from other books and television, however, I could still very much relate to the moral dilemmas and characters in this book.

Relatable characters, a relatable story. Would
Sharon Bandhold
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An evocative, gently-written book

with such deep, emotional writing that, at times, I couldn't help but cry. Melissa Woods is a storyteller of the first order. It's been many years since I've read a book as poignant, as delicious, as this one. Her writing is reminiscent of Kristin Hannah, Fannie Flagg, & Harper Lee. I'm hoping she'll find the time to increase her body of work, because I absolutely.want to read everything she writes & has written.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book but I found it odd and not in a good way. The characters had conversations that made no logical sense, someone would say something and trigger a response from someone else that didn’t seem fitting. And this whole big mystery she is trying to solve, it feels like it was secondary to her family situation and in the end her visions and such seemed like they didn’t even have a role in the story. While I liked the concept overall, I struggled greatly to enjoy its exe ...more
Patty Simpson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure this deserves 2 whole stars, but the author had some good ideas for characters and atmosphere. Unfortunately she was unable to develop any of them convincingly. ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started off really interesting but then lost momentum. Very disappointed!
Jackie Anders
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any chance Patsy could become even more real and jump off the page? Maybe with this author! Melissa really brought it when it came to making characters come alive. On top of that, I loved the mystery, the descriptive setting in Louisiana, and the suspense! This is a must read for cozy nights with wine or lazy beach days!
Jamie Beth Cohen
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect to find such a nuanced and, in my experience, accurate portrayal of fraught mother-daughter relationships in a book about a decades old murder. There were a lot of well developed characters here who will stay with me for a long, long time. Looking forward to reading more from Melissa!
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patsy is tired of the racism and small mindedness that is in this small town and is aching to get out. But getting out is difficult when you're tied to the past especially since she has visions of murders that happened decades ago ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Loved this story. The characters were very realistic and the setting in the bayou was magical. I liked this author's writing style, I was hooked a few pages into this book. ...more
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Melissa Woods is a mother of six and an author of literary fiction and suspense. Her writing has appeared in Memoir Magazine and The Coffin Bell Journal, and she was awarded the Stephen R Kustra Scholarship for creative writing from Boise State University for her short story, The Irishwoman. She is the author of That Night on the Bayou (Black Rose Writing, November 2019) and The Weaver (Magnolia P ...more

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