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The Curse of Allie Mae

(Cades Cove #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,772 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Buried deep in a ravine in the picturesque Smoky Mountains is a very dark secret. David Hobbs, vacationing with his wife Miriam, inadvertently stumbles upon a small cloth 'keepsake' bag and a broken tooth. A human tooth. Miriam begs David to hand the bag and tooth over to park officials, but he ignores his wife's pleas and secretly keeps the 'harmless' items. The action op ...more
Kindle Edition, 422 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Aiden James Fiction
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Didn't know what to expect with this book. It (and it's sequel) were free for Kindle. It was great. This may have been the scariest book I have ever read. I have read over twenty Stephen King books but this one is far scarier than any of King's that I have read. This is also a great read for anyone who is familiar with eastern TN.

It is very well written and the creepiness starts almost at the beginning. If you want a genuinely scary book, give it a shot.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ghost story. If one is afraid of ghosts, this could ignite your fear. Allie Mae is one ghost I would not want following me home. As I said earlier, when out hiking if one finds a bag of treasure out in the forest, leave it there! I haven't read a ghost/horror novel in a while, it was a nice change of pace. The ending leads one right into wanting (or not, if one does not want to run into any more ghosts) to go on to book 2 in the series. This novel was not a very scary read for me, there wer ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love any books set in the southern Appalachians, and this one did not disappoint. In many ways it reminded me of the "Ballad Novels" by Sharyn McCrumb, with old legends or events overlapping with current times. In this case they did more than overlap, the old event became a current manifestation of the past. While vacationing in the Smokey Mountains of eastern Tennessee, David and Miriam Hobbs take one day to visit a little-seen ravine in Cade's Cove where a small keepsake bag is found. Instea ...more
Margaret McCullough
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a great ghost story
Shelves: paranormal
Loved it!! It was fun reading about an area that I am familiar with. It totally makes me want to visit Cades Cove again soon. The characters are so well written they could be your next door neighbors. While reading, I found myself experiencing a plethora of emotions... sadness, affection, sorrow, fear, suspense, anger, contempt, happiness, and sheer joy for spending time with such a wonderful book. I also loved how Indian folklore was woven into the story. Hoping to read more of that in the next ...more
Michelle Wright
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book creepy yes..very and a real page turner.
I love Aiden's style and he certainly captured me in this thriller of a story!
Jayne Bowers
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is one of a series and is entitled Cades Cove: The Curse of Allie Mae. The story line is that of a young girl, Allie Mae, whose angry spirit comes to terrorize the Hobbs family after the parents, David and Miriam, have a romantic interlude in a Cades Cove ravine. While there, they find a small bag stitched with “Allie Mae’s Treasures,” and despite David’s intention of turning it in to the park authorities, he finds himself unable to do so. That’s where the “fun” begins.

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Mar 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Interesting story, overshadowed by the WORST WRITING EVER. I can't seem to just give up on it, but it is excruciatingly painful. I have no idea how it's gotten such good reviews. The author apparently has no idea how grammar works. And he insists on narrating every move each character takes. If they step from the kitchen into the livingroom he has to tell you where they ended up standing. It's like reading stage directions. And if one more person smirks or snickers, I will spontaneously combust. ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cades Cove is the Scariest book I have read in a very very long time... a pure terrorizing Ghost Story! Aiden James Brings the characters Of David and Miriam Hobbs and their Children to life in such a way that you feel their terror! In the Beginning you hate the Ghost of Allie Mae and the pain she brings on the Hobbs Family and their friends.. but as the story unwinds and you learn about the Brutal death of Allie Mae and how it connects to David and his family... even David cries for her spirit. ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book by Aiden James that I have read and I want to say that this book was really amazing.I can't even think of one thing that I didn't like in this book. I loved the descriptions that he gave about the area. The details that he gave us about Allie Mae and her anger were outstanding. I had to make a trip to that area while reading this book and honestly felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck just for seeing a sign pointing towards Cades Cove. Any book that makes me get ...more
Leslie Whitaker
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GREAT story!!! Oh my gosh!! Aiden has a way of writing that makes me feel like I am in the moment with the characters. Allie Mae is a scary scary girl! This is DEFINATELY a story that will send chillls up your spine. I LOVED it and can't wait to read another Aiden book!
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
HORRIBLE! The protagonist stumbles across a mystery 100 years old and blah, blah, blah…it’s stupid. The dialog is totally unoriginal. The main characters seem to be talking to each other in sound bites from a bad movie trailer and I wanted to pull my hair out. It was all,
“Love you, babe.”
“Love you too, babe. I’m afraid of the evil in our house.”
“I know, babe. I’ll get to the bottom of this.”
“Okay. I love you, babe.”

Puke. The characters themselves were incredibly flat and while the concept be
Donna Thompson
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
Although the premise isn't extremely original, Mr. James manages to infuse his story with enough twists, turns and chills to give it a fresh feel. He makes you care about his characters, so much so that I need to read the second book in the series. Not only to find out what happens, but because I enjoyed spending time with these people. Good job, Mr. James!
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, creepy
I used to live in Knoxville, and Smokey Mountains National Park is a beauty. Cades Cove is gorgeous, and having visited there, I wanted to read this book. I think the characters are a little 2 dimensional myself, but no question that the story moves fast and it is scary a la Steven King! Entertaining! I would likely read another in the series.
Scott Thompson
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read! Didn't want to put it down from the moment I started it. Being from Tennessee and very familiar with the Chattanooga and Cades Cove/Gatlinburg area made it especially interesting to me. Characters and story are so real! My first read by Aiden but won't be my last. Already have the follow up to this ready to go.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I generally find books that are supposed to be "Scary" to be ho-hum at best. But this story had me hanging on to the end. I was never sure where it was going or what the next twist would be.
Kat Yares
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. The scenes written about the area around Cades Cove made me feel like I was there again (grew up in the area). Strong characters, good plot and enough scare to make me look outside everytime the dog barked.

Good read and I can't wait to start the sequel.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I've been getting into thrillers and wow, I loved this one! I couldn't put it down but finally couldn't keep my eyes open. So I finished it last night. Looking forward to the 2nd book in this series.
Julene Jefferson
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was well written. Definitely did not want to put it down, each page left you wanting to know what was gonna happen next. The end of the book was so very unexpected, and I was eager to start the next book in the series to see where it leads.
Loralee Scherf
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
WOW!!! Just finished this book and this is one of the best ghost stories I have ever read. I would be afraid to watch the movie if they ever made one. I look forward to reading another book by Aiden James.
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
great story. had me hooked. and the ending...if you like good ghost stories, read this book. don't want to give anything away.
Georgia Redmond
I live close to Cades Cove. I love reading anything from this area. I love the book. It had my attention from start to finish. I caught wait to start another book.
Liz Smith
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book, I grew up in this area, so I really enjoyed this book
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book very much--scary--tense. When matters were taken care of, I thought good they are safe. BUT no, scenes arouse and arose. Nail biter.
Rebecca Graf
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a good read with chills and sounds that go bump in the night? Then Aiden James' Cades Cove is the book for you.

A couple head to the mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee to strengthen their marriage and bring a spark back to it. While in Cades Cove, they discover a pouch of trinkets and a partially written name on a tree. That night, noises are heard in the house. The odd happenings follow them home to Colorado where the noises turn into something much more dangerous. Now thei
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, thriller
I'll stack up to the "well at least I got what I paid for" pile. It was a free download, actually a group of 3 books and I liked the other 2 in the package fairly well. At least all I lost was time, but it was a fair amount of time because this book was long. Some of the characters were reasonably well developed but not as much as I would have liked, especially since this was a fairly long book. The author pretty much put all of his energy into plot and even the plot got rather repetitive. It's ...more
Jody Mabry
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book and had some chills while Allie Mae went on her ghostly tirades. Also enjoyed the link to Allie Mae and main characters at the end. My one critique would be that subplot loose ends were all tied together at the end in a short scene, and nearly dismissed throughout the book. As a reader this didn't involve me in the book in trying to solve the mystery. I was at the whim of the writer to tell me what was happening. Also, the murder of the protagonists friend was seemingly lost a ...more
S. Wideman
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I probably liked it a lot more than normal because I ended up reading most of it during a blackout, and there is nothing better than being snuggled under the covers with a flashlight and a ghost story. Granted, the dialog wasn't the best, but it really wasn't the worst I've ever read.

The plot is very basic: a couple becomes haunted by a vengeful spirit after taking a small bag that belonged to the ghost. However, the people in the family are not who the ghost thinks the
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
An artifact taken from a secluded valley in the Smokey Mountains during a weekend getaway causes disturbing consequences. A vengeful spirit follows David and his wife home, disrupting the lives of their family and friends.
While attempting to return the artifact, David and a Native American park ranger research the area's history and discover a disturbing link between David's ancestors and the spirit. With the help of his new friend he sets out to try and make amends.
I felt the story started to
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy books set in the southern Appalachians. This one was no exception. Overall, it was a fun, spooky read. There was one character and one scene that I don't think added much to the story, and I did figure out part of the mystery about half way through. Even so, there were enough twists that I found the book hard to put down. I've already downloaded the next book in the series. I guess that's why they offer free get you hooked.
Val Chipndale
Brilliant books read the whole trilogy one after each other and couldn't put it down. It was traumatising at times and kept you on the edge of your seat biting finger nails!absolutely well written thought out and scary even though you know it's a book. If you've ever been in redneck country in the states you'll know what I mean when I say you could imagine it happening.
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Aiden James is the bestselling author of Cades Cove, The Judas Chronicles, and Nick Caine Adventures (with J.R. Rain). The author has published over thirty books and resides in Tennessee with his wife, Fiona, and an ornery little dog named Pepper.

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