The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter Author:Sharyn McCrumb Edgar-winning author Sharyn McCrumb gives us a haunting novel of suspense set deep in the legend-rich hills of Appalachia. — The night is dark, the moon barely visible, as Laura Bruce drives the lonely mountain road, heading toward the scene of carnage at the Underhill farm. Sheriff Spencer Arrowood had called the young minister's wife, an outsi... more »der recently arrived in the valley, begging her help with the survivors. He said he could deal with the bodies, but he hadn't the time or the temperament to tend to the living.
Laura wonders if she has the temperament, either. Her husband's the expert at consoling the grieving, but he's on a temporary assignment far away -- too distant to help her understand and cope with what she will find at the Underhill farm.
She's hardly been acquainted with the Underhills except for the teen aged girl, Maggie, who'd sung in the church choir. Now she will learn to know them all, mother, father, three boys, and Maggie, the living and the dead, with shocking intimacy.Perhaps Nora Bonesteel could help. Well past seventy, Nora lives alone in a white frame house up on the mountain. Nora has that special and sometimes terrifying gift of seeing things before they happen. She'd known that death was coming to the mountain, but she hadn't known to whom. Laura can learn from Nora, about the mountain and about living and dying.
As Laura struggles to understand her own role in the valley and amount the mountain dwellers, she also eagerly awaits the birth of her first child -- new life that will perhaps blot out the horror of the murders. But before that child is born, she will experience danger and heartache as she strives to come to terms with the deaths at the Underhill farm.« less