That Night on the Bayou
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more