Valley of the Shadow Author:Charlotte Hughes Dear Readers: Although most of you know me as a comedy writer, I was thrilled to learn Avon Books decided to republish my award-winning suspense books. Valley of the Shadow is one of my all-time favorite books! Meet Meg Gentry, a wise-cracking, hard-nosed reporter who, after a marriage gone bad, heads back to the rural mountain town of ... more »her girlhood in a gaudy avocado green camper. Meg is hired by the local newspaper and soon meets up with old high-school flame Clay Skinner. But Meg barely has time to settle in before her new-found tranquility is shattered. Her predecessor dies mysteriously, and a twenty-year-old skeleton of an unidentified woman is unearthed, clearly a victim of murder. Before she knows it, Meg finds herself in the middle of a series of bizarre religious ceremonies carried on by a charismatic preacher and his highly impressionable flock. Using her reporter's nose, Meg uncovers one dark secret after another. All is not what it seems in the sleepy town of Blalock, Tennessee, and the deeper Meg digs, the closer she comes to being the next victim. With a cast of characters you're not likely to forget, a plot with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the last page, I hope you'll enjoy reading Valley of the Shadow as much as I did writing it. I look forward to hearing from you! Charlotte Hughes« less
I thought this was an excellent thriller. I have read most of Charlotte Hughes thriller and humor and find the thriller second to none. This one is no exception with a twisted ending and likeable character. This is a real page turner.