Review - Shivaree by J.D. Horn

Shivaree by J.D. Horn
Narrated by Angela Dawe
Publisher: Amazon Publishing / Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Date Read: September 13, 2018
Length:  288 pages / 8 hours 49 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Kindle Unlimited
As the Korean War ends, practical and well-mannered army nurse Corinne Ford returns stateside to live in the Mississippi town of Conroy with her new fiancé, Private First Class Elijah Dunne. She wonders if their love is strong enough to overshadow their differences, but upon her arrival to Elijah's backwoods stomping grounds, she understands that culture shock is the least of her worries.

After four good ol’ boys are attacked in the night while seeking to terrorize a local black family, decades of buried secrets begin to rise. From Conroy’s most powerful citizen—known as “the Judge”—to the man Corinne intends to marry, no one is innocent. Yet the deepest secret of all involves the beautiful, cruel, and dead Miss Ruby. The former belle of Conroy, and Elijah’s lost love, is neither forgotten nor truly gone. But her death is only the beginning of a slow vengeance that won’t stop until its hunger is satisfied.
My Review

This was an okay read for me.  I have had this book for a long time but never got around to reading it for one reason or another.  I decided to give the audiobook a try and think that it was a good choice.  I really didn't know a lot about the book before I got started with it and ended up rather surprised by the subject matter.  It was a good surprise.  This was a book that I ended up liking some parts much more than others but am glad I picked it up.

This book is set right after the Korean War in the small town of Conroy.  The book does include quite a few points of view and I found it a bit hard to keep up at times.  Once I realized there was a vampire in the book, I felt a bit of a thrill since I had no idea this book would include anything out of the ordinary.  I liked that the vampire in this story isn't sparkly or sexy.  This is a dark evil kind of vampire.  

I wasn't really too much of a fan of the characters in this book.  The only two characters that appealed to me at all was Corinne and Ruth.  There were some pretty horrible characters in this book.  Elijah's mom was dreadful on really every level.  The judge was equally horrible but had control over much of the town.  Really everyone besides and Corinne and Ruth were just awful but I do think that was as the author intended it to be.  

Despite not liking most of the characters, I was curious about how everything would work out in the story.  There are a lot of hidden secrets in the town of Conroy and it was very eye-opening when they were revealed.  There were parts of the story that really had me at the edge of my seat but I felt that the book was rather uneven at times.  

Angela Dawe did a great job with the narration.  This book had a large cast of characters and I thought she did a great job with all of them.  I thought that she added a lot of excitement to the story and I found it quite easy to listen to the book for hours at a time.  I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work.

I am glad that I gave this book a try.  I think that a lot of readers will enjoy this story a bit more than I did.  I would definitely read more from J.D. Horn in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Amazon Publishing - 47th North via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from Kindle Unlimited.
About the Author

J. D. Horn was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while traveling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. When not writing he is likely running, and he has race bibs from two full marathons and about thirty half marathons. He and his spouse, Rich, and their three pets split their time between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads


  1. Sounds like a few things of interest in there. I can imagine what I'd think of the characters!

  2. it's usually complicated for me when I don't like the characters...

    1. I do wish that I would have like a few more characters at least a bit.

  3. I need to read something by this author soon!

  4. From the description, I wouldn't have guessed this is a vampire tale. I am sorry this wasn't better for you.

  5. This reminds me of my first dips into paranormal/horror fiction and has a nice taste of Southern Gothic. Not sure if I'd like it any better, but it sounds like a good match when I'm in the mood. I do love Dawes' narration work.

    Great review, Carole!

    1. I do consider 3 stars to be a good rating so there were some good points about the book.

  6. I do not want a book filled with horrid people

  7. unless it is funny like Rosalie Ham's The Dressmaker, I will have to skip

  8. Robin has read some JD Horn. I'm not sure this is my kind of thing. Historical fiction sometimes works for me, sometimes not so much. Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I thought that this was okay. There was just a lot of characters to keep up with and most of them were horrible people.

  9. Since I don't read blurbs that would have been a TON of surprises. lol I'll have to check out the narrator.


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