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“Masterful, bone-chilling fiction…one intense thriller. A Thousand Yesteryears will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.” —New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’BrienBehind a legend lies the truth…As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasa“Masterful, bone-chilling fiction…one intense thriller. A Thousand Yesteryears will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.” —New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’BrienBehind a legend lies the truth…As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real...Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer......

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A Thousand Yesteryears Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-02-12 13:38

    Eva Parrish lost her father and her best friend when the bridge in the town of Point Pleasant collapsed. Her mother couldn't stand staying in the town anymore and packed up all their belongings and moved away from the town. Now fifteen years later is Eva back after her aunt has died. Must have changed in Point Pleasant, it's not as prosperous as it was before and the tragedy of the bridge collapse still weighs heavily on the town. Eva isn't sure if she should keep the family hotel that her aunt has been managing since her father died and that she now inherited. And, there seem to be some dark secrets in the town and then there are the rumors and sightings of the Mothman...I was instantly captivated by the cover and the blurb, especially the mention about the Mothman a creature that I find intriguing. I was quite thrilled when I was approved for the book on NetGalley and couldn't wait to start reading the book. And, the book was OK. And, to be honest, is not what I had hoped for. I did like the book. I just didn't love the book or, to be honest, I didn't find the book to be as suspenseful as I had hoped for. And, there are two reasons why: First, it felt like a bit too much drama going on with Eva going back and finding out that her child crush Caden Flynn is still in the town and they meeting up and sparks flying between them. I have nothing against romance, hell, I even find the thought of them together quite OK towards the end, But, the book started off with young Eva thinking about how dreamy Caden was and then a jump in time and there he is all grown up and so is she. And, it just went too fast and felt to predictably. Then we have the mysterious killer in the town. It didn't take much time for me to figure out who the person was and that ruined the story a bit for me. I like to be more puzzled over the identity, not figuring it out right away. Although to be fair, the mystery story was not bad and I like the paranormal aspects of it especially the Mothman part. Actually, it's the Mothman that really makes me like this book. Without the Mothman would this just a been a mediocre mystery book. But, the legend of the Mothman just add the special thing I needed to find this book interesting to read. So, in the end, was this book not as fabulous as I wanted it to be, still, it was enjoyable and I would without a doubt, read more from Mae Clair.I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

  • Dianne
    2019-01-29 14:49

    The great tragedy happened years ago and the small town of Point Pleasant never quite recovered. Eve Parrish left as a child, leaving behind the horror of losing both her father and her best friend, but she is back to settle her aunt’s estate, only to discover that the town she once loved still bears the pall of death and the rumors of an long time legend. Some things should never be re-visited, some things are hiding evil and must be exposed, and Eve is determined to do just that.A survivor of that horrendous tragedy, Caden Flynn wears the face of a man tortured by guilt that he cannot avoid, and Eve’s return awakens the his pain and something else in a man who has become a shell of what he was meant to be. Could it be hope or is it something deeper?Like many small towns legends and rumors abound, Point Pleasant has “the Mothman,” a creature who is rumored to have been sighted in the woods surrounding the town, is he a legend, a figment of gossip and wild imaginations or is he truly the nightmare they claim? OR, could there be an even more vile creature living right in their midst, wearing the façade of a good citizen of power?Follow Eve and Caden as they dig through the past to discover murder, lies and unlikely heroes because of a voice from beyond the veil.Mae Clair’s A Thousand Yesteryears combines the talent of an amazing author, a touch of the supernatural, murder, cover ups and the character of a small town trapped in the ghosts of the past. If magnetic mysteries with a touch of romance, a lot of suspense and fabulous characters and dialogue are musts for you, I highly recommend A Thousand Yesteryears ! I received an ARC edition from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.Publisher: Lyrical Underground Publication Date: April 26, 2016ISBN: 9781601837776Genre: Suspense | ThrillerPaperback: 222 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More:

  • Carrie
    2019-01-29 21:59

    After finding out that her aunt had passed away from cancer, Eve Parrish finds that she has inherited the family home and business back in Point Pleasant. Eve's mother had packed up her daughter and left the town behind years ago after a bridge collapse that claimed Eve's father's life along with the life of her best friend Maggie. When Eve arrives in Point Pleasant she finds some things have changed about the town but others are still the same from her childhood. Rumors of sightings of a supernatural creature called the Mothman still plague the town and Eve soon finds that her aunt may have had secrets hidden after finding that her home ha been broken into. Soon Eve finds herself caught up in the mystery of what happened that tragic night the bridge had collapsed. A Thousand Yesteryears is one of those books that had a great mix of several different elements to it. There's the mystery/thriller aspect but with a mix of supernatural and paranormal thrown into the mix but you also have a bit of a romantic suspense when Eve meets up with her childhood crush who helps her solve the mystery.The characters are all likable in the story. A great little small town vibe where everyone knows everyone else. I couldn't help but like Eve as a main character and quickly found myself rooting for her to figure out just what had happened. She also grows a bit in the story as she learns that people are not always what they were rumored to be and becomes friends with someone from her childhood. Overall, best described as a supernatural mystery/thriller and one that I really enjoyed, would definitely recommend. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Sue Coletta
    2019-02-21 14:32

    Eclipse Lake was the first book I read by Mae Clair, and I absolutely loved. So when I was offered an ARC in exchange for an unbiased, honest review, I jumped at the chance. A Thousand Yesteryears is the perfect mix of mystery, paranormal, and romantic suspense. The characters are full and real. The whip-smart dialogue thoroughly convincing. And the legend of the Mothman is intense. I was riveted to the page, waiting for the Mothman to reappear and to find out who was behind the "strange" phone calls. But what I most enjoyed about this book was that it made me think. There aren't many novels I can say that about. The last half of this story I digested in one sitting. Couldn't put the book down!!! Clair is a talented storyteller with descriptive powers. For example: "The sun had yet to set, the fiery ball ebbing toward the horizon, painting the silver framework with splashes of tangerine and copper." If you enjoy paranormal mysteries with romantic suspense sprinkled in, then don't look past A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair.

  • Petra
    2019-02-10 13:46

    Eve returns to her hometown of Point Pleasant to settle her aunt's estate. The town and its inhabitants are still affected by the collapse of a bridge 15 years ago, which killed Eve's father and Eve's best friend, Maggie. At the time, the then thriving town was gripped by sightings of The Mothman, a mythical figure. After the bridge disaster which affected so many lives, the town went into a decline, but rumors and folklore still abound, and Eve becomes entangled in a mystery that merges past and present. A Thousand Yesteryears was a really good mix of crime fiction combined with the supernatural and blended with a little romantic suspense. Although much of it was predictable, the characters were so believable and likable that I really enjoyed it.There was a nice eerie atmosphere throughout with some suspenseful moments in a fast-paced plot. The ending wrapped things up nicely but left room for future adventures in Point Pleasant. If there is more of Eve, Caden, Ryan and Katie, I would definitely want to read it. Highly recommended for fans of paranormal mysteries. Many thanks to Kensington Books, Lyrical Underground, for my ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Elisa
    2019-02-23 14:38

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Kensington Books!I apologize to my dog, for feeding him late; to my husband, for ignoring him for two days and to my coworkers, for pretending I couldn't hear them making conversation in the break room. A Thousand Yesteryears was so utterly engrossing, that I had no choice. I just had to know how this story ended. Was the Mothman real? Did he cause the collapse of the Silver Bridge? Was he killing people? Or was the monster really a human? The pace is fast, the plot well constructed and the characters likable. The Mothman is a creepy, mysterious figure that is scariest when it's just at the edge of your vision. The atmosphere is so well defined, that you can picture the run-down city that has seen better days. And even if the ending was not unexpected, it was suspenseful and satisfying. This book is hugely entertaining and creepy.

  • Debbie Peterson
    2019-02-15 14:44

    I received an ARC of A Thousand Yesteryears and…What a fun and amazing book! I love immersing myself in the fascinating worlds created by author Mae Clair! Her rich imagery and depth of character inside each story is never a disappointment. A Thousand Yesteryears is no exception. In the setting of Point Pleasant, a small town deep in decline, Ms. Clair skillfully entwines a long ago tragedy with legend, mystery, suspense, and romance. From the first enthralling page to the last, we follow Eve Parrish and Caden Flynn on a journey of discovery regarding past events (and intriguing myths) that are not all they seem…self, and their ultimate destiny.I’m not one to publish spoilers because I firmly believe readers deserve to discover all of the surprises a great story has to offer for themselves. So, just let me say that I highly recommend this book for all those who love a good mystery with a touch of the paranormal, edge-of-your-seat suspense, unexpected twists and turns, and more than one couple you can't help but root for. Trust me, this book has it all!

  • Betty
    2019-02-14 19:32

    A new author for me and one I will read again. I found a mystery filled with suspense with paranormal aspects. Eve Parrish has returned to her child home to settle her Aunt Rose estate. She plans to sell the house and the Family Hotel and return to Harrisburg. Fifteen years ago,the main bridge collapses killing a large number of people. Including Eve's Father and her best friend. Aunt Rose home is vandalized and the hotel brings back positive memories. She meets Caden who blames himself for his sister's death. He coaxes her to go shopping. He survive the bridge collapse, but his sister didn't. Maggie claimed she saw the legendary Mothman and he was coming to kill her. Eve and Caden need to find answers before they meet up with Mothman. The ending is terrifying and will remain with you for awhile.Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

  • C.S. Boyack
    2019-02-22 14:47

    I've read several books by this author, and A Thousand Yesteryears sealed my fate on reading more. I think this is the best thing she's ever written.A thriving town experiences a disaster that sets it on the path to becoming a ghost town. There is nobody in Point Pleasant who wasn't touched by the disaster in some way.Point Pleasant is an interesting place, aside from the disaster it is the site of an old WWII ammo dump. This area, known as the TNT, is also home to a cryptid known as the Mothman.Weave in some incredibly believable characters, all dealing with their own grief dating back to the disaster, and this book becomes a fantastic story. I was concerned how the author would sew up so many events, including a few personal relationships, into a concise tale. I should have had more faith.The conclusion isn't just satisfying, it exceeded my expectations. Buy A Thousand Yesteryears, you won't regret it.I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If there were an option, I would give it more than five stars

  • Sherry Fundin
    2019-01-30 21:36

    WOW OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair is a story about tragedy in a small town. Murder, UFO’s, myths and legends kept me spellbound. Unputdownable!After reading A Thousand Yesteryears, I see why the title is so very appropriate. I love when it fits so perfectly.There is so much I want to share about A Thousand Yesteryears, so I must be careful not to “spoil” you. If you are a fan of myths and legends, creature features, tragedy that leaves the residents stuck in place, unable to move on, then A Thousand Yesteryears is a must read for you.Eve had lost her father and best friend to the collapse of the Silver Bridge (really happened) and had been gone since her mother took her away right after the tragedy struck. Now she’s back. Is it true…You can’t go back home again…or is home where the heart is?“You should leave before you get hurt.”As she meets old acquaintances and begins to reconsider the direction her life is headed, the threats and danger begin. Eve will have some difficult choices ahead of her, if she can manage to stay alive.The legend of Mothman (rumored to live in Point Pleasant), the curse of Chief Cornstalk, UFOs, a collapsed bridge that killed many and a man that killed his share of victims. A Thousand Yesteryears is about the tragedies of the small town of Point Pleasant and the residents struggles to continue on with their lives.A Thousand Yesteryears brings to light small town living. The longer Eve stays, the more she sees that her preconceived ideas and people she dismissed so easily in her youth will come to mean everything to her as she grows and opens her mind. Rumors and gossips…pranks gone wrong…The more I read, the harder it is to stop, even for a moment. Eve has grown and developed into a caring, loving person, making new friends, finding lost love, grasping her Point Pleasant legacy with both hands, bravely searching for answers to the mystery and danger she found herself in because she refused to be run out of town.Katie, what a wonderful, misunderstood girl who Eve’s Aunt Rosie took under her wing, mentoring and loving her as the daughter she never had. Caden, Eve’s childhood crush, who is so laden with guilt over his sister’s death on the bridge, that he cannot move on. All the other characters are just as complex and carry their own baggage, but once their personalities shown through, they found their place in my reading family. All except…And Mothman…what can I say about Mothman. Not much because it will give too much away, but this is one myth that lives and thrives in the real town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia..Mae Clair’s writing created so much tension, that it took all I had not to skip ahead! The romance, mystery, myth and suspense kept me white knuckled, on the edge of my seat, talking to myself…oh no…hurry, hurry…must know. I gobbled the words like Lays potato chips and I know one Point Pleasant and Mothman book is never going to be enough. A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair can stand alone, but she leaves the characters wide open for more adventure.To see more visit

  • S.K. Nicholls
    2019-02-11 19:58

    Really glad this book is the first in a series as I had a hard time letting go at the end. Eva Parrish returns to her hometown to settle her Aunt Rosie’s estate. A tragedy occurred there when she was a pre-teen and her father and best friend perished, but there is so much more to this story. This town holds secrets galore. What is Mothman? Is he evil, or is he good? Is he even real? This is not a one murder story, and unraveling the connections was loads of fun.I came from a small town where everybody knew everybody’s business and this book captures the essence of small town life with excellence. Eva reunites with a crush and that relationship develops throughout the course of the story. Their whole experience is tainted by the supernatural and I loved the way the author blended mystery and paranormal. As a former psych nurse, I have to comment on the way mental illness was managed in this book. Ryan and Caden’s mom is afflicted…or is she? So many times what we regard as an unnatural feature in the way that the mind and spirit works is actually more natural than we realize. Given the mom’s grief reaction, the book was most believable and the author certainly did her research, or has had experience with those who have been affected by such trauma. I was most impressed with how this was handled. Looking forward to reading more from Mae Clair.

  • Teresa Kander
    2019-02-15 20:52

    I've been looking forward to this book since I heard that it was being published. I was born and raised in Gallipolis, Ohio, and was just over 6 yrs. old when the Silver Bridge collapsed, taking with it my best friend's mother and brother (whose bodies were never found). That tragedy and the Mothman legend were a big part of my childhood.Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to my expectations. It seemed to be more about the romance growing between Eva and Caden than anything else. Even the murder mystery seemed secondary to their story. And the whole Mothman myth was barely even a part of things.Aside from that disappointment of a former local resident, the book is a good one. The characters are all easy to like, and the author definitely caught the small town vibe which fills Point Pleasant.I was disappointed that it was so easy to figure out the murder mystery, though. Knowing who the killer was led to me occasionally getting frustrated with the characters for NOT seeing it.All that being said, I plan to read the rest of this trilogy to see how it plays out. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

  • Shelby
    2019-02-19 16:45

    I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The writing is very good and flows nicely. Make this an easy and good read. The characters were well done and seemed quite realistic. The setting was interesting with the mothman lore. The plot was a pretty good murder mystery even if it was predictable. But even with knowing who the killer was it was still very compelling. Over all this novel was very well done and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested.(Mothman isn't the focus of this story, but he does make an appearance.)

  • Linda Mims
    2019-01-23 19:34

    In author Mae Clair's tale, A Thousand Yesteryears, the Mothman, the TNT, murder, and suspense come alive in the readers' hands. Rarely do I finish a book in one day, but this one was a page-turner. Eve Parish returns to her childhood home of Point Pleasant where she is met with death threats if she doesn't leave town. All she wants is to sell her family's old hotel and do just that. In her effort to sort out her aunt's affairs, Eve encounters everything from strange dreams and ghostly phone calls in the middle of the night to a renewed interest in her childhood crush, Caden. I love the twist Ms. Clair gives to the legendary Mothman. He is scary, ominous, and dreadful, yet their is something in its eyes ... A Thousand Yesteryears has a tight, riveting plot and is full of interesting, colorful characters who lead the way to an exciting, satisfying conclusion. 5 stars to this one!

  • Jessica Bakkers
    2019-02-16 16:45

    Eve Parrish returns to her home town of Point Pleasant, years after a devastating accident, to finalise her aunt's estate. But her return brings back more than memories of her past; mystery and murder soon plague Eve as she tries to uncover the truth about the strange events that have haunted Point Pleasant for years...***
I want to preface this review with this statement; I am a writer, not a book reviewer so bear with me! 
A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair5 stars
I absolutely loved 'Yesteryears'. Author Mae Clair takes home five stars from me with this supernatural / mystery story. Five stars for attention to detail, compelling plot, likeable characters, and a compelling story setting. 
I am not usually a mystery genre reader, so Clair's task to entertain me was truly formidable, but within the first two chapters I was hooked. The setting and location of 'Yesteryears' sucked me in straight away; mid 1980s small town USA. The addition of a classic 50s style horror noir monster, The Mothman, clinched the deal. I knew I was going to like this book. 
Clair introduces her believable and likable characters early in the piece and promptly surrounds them with mystery and intrigue. The plot is woven masterfully in Clair's capable hands, and leaves the reader guessing as to who and why right up to the end. My favourite element of 'Yesteryears' are the relationships that develop between the characters; an unlikely friendship and a sweet romance. At no time do these relationships feel forced, rather they mature naturally throughout the story and promote the mystery plot rather than hinder it. I thoroughly enjoyed 'A Thousand Yesteryears' and highly recommend this story to any fan of mysteries, supernatural or paranormal thrillers, or anyone wanting a good, solid read.

  • Gail Mchugh
    2019-02-06 21:39

    I really liked all the characters with the exception of Roger. I felt for the Mothman. See how Ms. Clair can make us feel sympathy for a creature. Hmmmmm! That must be a sign of a good writer, huh. The story flowed well for me and was believable. I was impressed with the way Ms. Clair described Katie's reputation. Many young people are labeled unjustly because of the actions of their family. I want more of Caden and Eve, Ryan and Katie, and of course the Mothman.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-10 18:31

    Looking for something totally different that is fabulously suspenseful? “A Thousand Yesteryears” by Mae Clair should be next on your to-read list. This book is fascinating, intriguing and absolutely a page turner. First, let me try to explain the setting and inspiration for this novel without giving away too much of the plot. This book is fiction but inspired by real events that occurred in Point Pleasant, WV in 1966-67. From 1966 until 1967, people in the Point Pleasant area began reporting sightings of a large flying creature, referred to as The Mothman. I have no clue if Mothman is real, but there were reports of Mothman sightings up until the Silver Bridge collapsed. The Silver Bridge was also real and unfortunately collapsed into the Ohio River on December 15, 1967, killing 46 people. Again, there were reports of Mothman sightings right before the bridge collapsed. Having addressed those little tidbits, the story begins with a young girl Eve walking down the street in Point Pleasant with her friend Sarah, just as the Silver Bridge collapses. At the time of the collapse, Eve’s father is on the bridge, as well as, Eve’s best friend Maggie and her brother Caden. Caden is one of the few survivors of the collapse (and Eve had a huge crush on him).Fast forward 15 years and Eve is returning to Point Pleasant for the first time due to the passing of her Aunt Rosie, who willed her home and historic hotel to Eve. Initially, she is returning just to prepare her aunt’s house so that it can be sold, and most likely to also sell the family hotel in downtown Point Pleasant, but as soon as she gets there, odd things start happening. Eve reunites with old friends Caden and Ryan (Maggie’s older brothers), and Eve quickly learns that Caden continues to blame himself for his sister’s death. She also builds a friendship with an acquaintance from her childhood, Katie, who had become very close to her aunt over the years prior to her death. As things get more and more spooky and peculiar, the characters in this novel have to rely on gut instinct and blind faith to try to figure out what secrets have been kept in Point Pleasant all of these years.“A Thousand Yesteryears” was a perfect mix of suspense, mystery, paranormal legends, and justice. There are people in this world that believe legends and folklore, such as the story of Mothman. Then there are also those people who would never believe such things, the people who need concrete, indisputable evidence. Clair’s characters in this novel are no different – some believe and some do not. Whether the characters believe in Mothman (or some of the other paranormal, spooky stuff in the novel, they have to cast aside their doubts and follow their instincts, even when it makes no sense. This is not a book that you easily solve the riddle or figure out who did what. I was stumped quite a few times, suspecting that one person was a bad guy/girl, when really they were not. I was immediately drawn into this story and it’s characters, flying through this novel to find out the ending. Mae Clair’s writing keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end and blends the perfect amount of fantasy and realism to appeal to a wide audience. Even if you are not typically a huge fan of this type of novel, I still highly recommend it for an exciting read! I can’t wait for more to come in Mae Clair’s Point Pleasant Series.*I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carlene Cayenne
    2019-02-02 14:48

    I got this as a free book or a dollar purchase off kobo I can't really remember the price. What I do know is that I loved this book it was really interesting. I haven't heard any of the mothman legends but I really thought the author wrote a good story around that legend. I enjoyed the setting 1980s at first 1960s. The whole scene with the bridge collapsing was heartbreaking. Of course this book is also a love story and that put me in the mysteries of the murders and the supernatural aspect of the story he tied it all together in a neat little bow for me. I would recommend this book to others to read and I actually bought the other two in the series with the third one on pre-order for July 17, 2017. Definitely looking forward to reading the other two.

  • Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
    2019-02-02 15:48

    This book starts right before the collapse of Silver Bridge so you are hooked right from the start. It then moves forward 15 years in time after Eve's Aunt Rosie dies. She has inherited Aunt Rosie's house and the family hotel, so she has to make some decisions as to what to do with the properties. Her mother had moved them after the tragedy as Eve lost her father in the bridge collapse and she had not been back since. She arrives in Point Pleasant to discover that her Aunt's house has been vandalized - but the damage is specific to her Aunt Rose's bedroom and dark room. The rest of the house is virtually untouched. Suspicious about the break-in, other things begin to happen to only fuel the fire. Notes are left on Eve's car warning her to leave; she gets weird phone calls that are just static and clicks. Eve's best friend Maggie, who was killed in the bridge collapse, had lived right next door and her mother and brother, Ryan, still lived there.Ryan just happens to work for the sheriff's department and is involved with investigating the break-in at Eve's house. He recommends his brother Caden for the repairs to the backdoor as well as the inside of the house. Caden was Eve's preteen crush, even though he was 6 years older - those 6 years don't seem that big of a difference anymore. Sparks fly and Eve is beginning to wonder whether or not she should stay in Point Pleasant on a more permanent basis.Tied up in everything from the bridge collapse to new sightings is the legendary Mothman and the general spookiness of the TNT. Nobody knows whether the Mothman is real or just a legend, but many claim to have seen him - including Caden - though he has told no one of his encounters. A lot of people believe that the Mothman is responsible for all the bad things that have happened in Point Pleasant. As Eve and her friends - both old and new - start to piece together the mystery that her Aunt Rose was a part of - superstitions and mysteries from the past begin to shed light on happenings in the present - and Eve and Caden find themselves in a dangerous situation. I really enjoyed reading this book - it was a quick read and I had a hard time putting it down!

  • John W. Howell
    2019-02-11 17:31

    A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair is a story about a small town and the tragic circumstances of a pivotal event that effected everyone. Point Pleasant West Virginia experienced the collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967, and this story takes that real tragic event as a backdrop to a chilling fictitious tale. The author's work is the kind of book where the descriptors in the blurb and comments by reviewers under described the potential enjoyment. It is a very well written suspense story that weaves the plot intricately and expertly to a satisfactory conclusion. The story is about Eve who returns to Point Pleasant fifteen years after the disaster. Her best friend is killed at twelve years old in the collapse and Eve’s mother thought it best to leave the town. Fifteen years later Eve’s aunt has passed away and left her a house and hotel. Of course, Eve returns to get everything in order so that she can list the properties and come back to a normal life. While in Point Pleasant Eve discovers that her aunt, an old crush, the bank VP, and her deceased best friend are intertwined in a mystery story that she wants desperately to solve. On top of everything else, there is a creature that is said to haunt the old military area. To tell more of the story here would be to give away a lot of the story. Suffice it to say the story is rich with action, intrigue, and surprise. A Thousand Yesteryears is a book I could not wait to get back to every time I was forced to put it down. The author certainly can tell a rich tale with just the right amount of description to keep the story moving. The plot is very well thought out and keeps the reader guessing until the author is willing to expose more detail. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a complex plot that is well developed and well told.

  • Carmen
    2019-02-22 18:34

    A Thousand Yesteryears is a gripping dark mystery that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat, guessing what would happen next as Eve and Caden are drawn into the investigation of the disappearance/death of girls in Point Pleasant, while dealing with their personal relationship.I have just finished this book and, to be honest, I wish there was more and I can't wait to tell you why. Where should I start... let's start with the characters. The author had me hooked from the very beginning. With her character development, with the descriptions of places and situations - these add so many dimensions to the story - I felt as if I were one of her characters watching from the sideline. Mae Clair must not believe in wimps, because her books are littered with strong female characters. Like Eve in A Thousand Yesteryears. Eve Perrish has strength, intelligence, and determination. What does Eve discover about her beloved Aunt Rosy? Will the discovery reveal a horrible thing that could estrange her from the newly rediscovered love? Will the secrets "ruin" them in the "ton"?In the style of S King and A Christie, the author spins a story of deceit, revenge, romance and tragic history whose ending took me totally by surprise. I left my role as character on the sideline, to become the main character Eve, saying to myself, "Now why didn't I see that?!" Expect the unexpected and never let your guard down when you're around Mae Clair’s books!I will warn you of one thing: if you start reading this book you'll binge read it!I think this statement confirms how awesome this book is! If you appreciate mystery, suspense, myth, legends and paranormal tales you certainly should read A Thousand Yesteryears!All in all, I am superbly impressed, and anxiously looking forward to book 2!

  • Jan Sikes
    2019-02-14 21:37

    Eve Parrish has no idea what she will find when she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Fifteen years earlier, as a young child, she’d experienced a tragedy that changed everyone’s lives forever. A bridge that connected Point Pleasant to the rest of the world collapsed, killing many of the town’s residents, including Eve’s father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn. To escape the nightmare of the tragedy, Eve’s mother moved the family away. Upon her return to Point Pleasant, she finds her aunt’s house ransacked. What was someone looking for? Caden Flynn survived the bridge collapse, but with the help of who or what? He carries insurmountable guilt that he’d coerced his little sister to go out that day and hadn’t been able to save her when she plunged into the icy water below. The legend of a mythical creature, The Mothman, has haunted the little town for decades and occasional sightings has kept the tourists coming, although with the collapse of the bridge, fewer come hoping for a sighting. The town of Point Pleasant is only a shadow of what it had been in its prime. But, a sinister undercurrent to this story involves an unlikely murderer in the small community who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. When Caden and Eve not only renew a friendship, but become romantically involved, they find themselves in the murderer’s crosshairs. Information provided by the ghosts of Eve’s aunt and her friend, Maggie prove to be invaluable in solving the many mysteries surrounding Point Pleasant. Mae Clair has done a superb job of weaving this tale of UFOs, the mythical Mothman, murder and romance together in the first book of her Point Pleasant series. If you like a well-written book with tons of suspense and plot twists, you’ll love A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair!

  • Staci Troilo
    2019-02-09 16:36

    Absolutely RivetingI’m fascinated by cryptozoology and grew up not too far from West Virginia, where the legend of the Mothman and this story occur. So when I heard this book, written by an author whose other work I’ve enjoyed, was available for preorder, I immediately placed mine. I was so sad that I was too busy to read it the day it was released. But the second I had a chance, I sat down to read it. And I read it in one sitting. I was captivated. I couldn’t put it down until I’d read every last word. A Thousand Yesteryears follows Eve Parrish, who returns to Point Pleasant when her aunt dies. She’s inherited more than just her aunt’s properties—she’s inherited mystery and danger, as well. Vandalism, threats, animal mutilation—it’s a good thing the boy next door used to be a cop. He also used to be the boy she had a crush on. Fifteen years later, those feelings come rushing back. And he returns them. Mixed up in the modern day mystery is the fifteen-year-old Mothman legend, the tragedy of the bridge collapse, and the disappearance of a reportedly “easy” girl. How the mysteries of fifteen years earlier and those of the current time period intersect are chilling. And the author ties it all together brilliantly.Mae Clair weaves a masterful story full of well-conceived plot points. Her characters are three-dimensional and realistic, lovely people you want to meet and have dinner with (or sadistic villains you want to run from even in a sunny park or crowded church). The settings come to life, much more than sights but also sounds and smells. I relived the eighties through this work. And the ending is satisfying, yet is open-ended enough to so we can revisit these characters and this world again. And I, for one, am looking forward to doing just that.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-05 15:57

    Kensington Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of A Thousand Yesteryears, in exchange for an honest review.15 years after the tragic bridge collapse that claimed the lives of her father and her best friend, Eve Parrish returns to Point Pleasant, West Virginia to settle her deceased aunt's estate. The legend of the Mothman has always been a topic of conversation in the town, especially since many believe that the monster served as a warning regarding the collapse. While back in Point Pleasant, Eve uncovers some concerning evidence and puts herself squarely in danger. Reconnecting with Maggie's brothers, who try to help make sense of all of the puzzling issues, Eve soon realizes that long buried secrets have a way of being revealed.Basing this fictional account of a real life story regarding the bridge collapse in Point Pleasant in December 1967, author Mae Clair has very convincingly weaved a story with the tragedy as a backdrop. Not expecting a mystery thriller, I was pleasantly surprised to see these elements intertwined with the supernatural twist. Main character Eve Parrish is a strong, smart, and independent woman determined to not show how much she is bothered by the threats and break-ins. The novel was well written, with a strong plot, and included all of the strengths of a great mystery thriller. Although I did figure out parts of the final reveal early on in the book, some of it remained a mystery to me until the end. I would recommend A Thousand Yesteryears to readers who enjoy mystery thrillers, especially ones that are loosely based on true events.

  • Niki Driscoll
    2019-02-01 17:54

    What an amazing read. There is so much going on this story it will captivate you right from the beginning. The storyline is filled with mystery, tragedy, legend and greed. Eve is an interesting Character, she shows growth on a personal level in the storyline as she reviews her past actions and thoughts. Having an open mind helps her help herself as she and others try to unravel the mystery that seems to keep haunting them from the past. Caleb is troubled, feeling guilt for something he could not control he has become a protector who hides himself from others to prevent being hurt or hurting them. I liked how the two characters connected, Eve's past crush and the fact she see's the real Caleb help them both heal from the tragedy of the past. The mystery part had two parts, the bad guy and the Mothman. The bad guy was easy to figure out but the author made sure you kept having doubts until the culprit was revealed. The Mothman added magic, legend and a different type of mystery highlighting the human way of assuming the worst of and hunting things that we do not understand. The otherworldly elements added to the aura of suspense keeping the tone of the story fixed around the horror of the events of the past that set off a reaction that almost destroyed the town. This was well thought out, kept your attention, kept you turning the pages, was engaging and exciting. The multiple mysteries aided the romance and helped the characters put their demons to rest. A great story and well worth the read.

  • Natalie Ducey
    2019-02-02 20:31

    After reading "Eclipse Lake" by Mae Clair, I became an instant fan of her work and brilliant writing style.Mrs. Clair’s writing is flawless as she weaves elements of paranormal, mystery, suspense, and romance, taking readers on an impressive journey. "A Thousand Yesteryears" is a brilliant piece of work, worthy of best-seller status.Eve Parrish was just a child when she lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in the Sliver Bridge collapse. When she returns to Point Pleasant, fifteen years later, it becomes clear that the passage of time hasn’t healed all wounds, and the town of her youth has changed. Soon after she arrives back in town, to settle the affairs of her recently deceased Aunt Rosie, a body is found on the grounds that hold the legend of the Mothman. Point Pleasant has secrets and unsolved mysteries, and Eve's deceased aunt has hidden the key to solving the mystery that will reveal many truths. What ensues is a spectacular unraveling of secrets. Eve reconnects with old friends and becomes friends with an old acquaintance, and together they try to piece together accounts, based on speculation, paranormal activity, and pure gut instinct. Once again, the character development is superb, and the pace is perfect - fast and intense! "A Thousand Yesteryears" has it all, and I highly recommend it!

  • D.S. Nelson
    2019-02-02 17:47

    I was intrigued by Mae Clair's writing when I discover she had an interest in cryptozoology. Myth and legend are themes that inspire my own writing and so I downloaded a short story of Clair's. I could see straight away that her books were fluid, easy and well written.When she published the first of the Point Pleasant series, 'A Thousand Yesteryears', I had no hesitation in putting it on my TBR list and I was not disappointed.Well paced and appealing to lovers of psychological thrillers, romance, and mystery, Mae Clair's books are pure escapism. I love books that cross genres and this one does just that. As a lover of murder mysteries it was great to see a different type of murder mystery here. One wrapped up in myth and legend. Mae Clair's books always have the focus on romance. Don't we all need a bit of that in our lives? They are character driven books and the relationships develop in a fairly predictable way but there's something very comforting in that and whilst all around them are loosing their heads, the main characters ride off into the sunset.I was very impressed with the readability and the plotting of this book. I would have no hesitation reading another of Mae Clair's books. If mythical monsters, wholesome characters and a healthy dose of romance is your read, then don't miss out on Mae Clair.

  • Julianne Redmon
    2019-01-24 21:59

    This book immediately sucked me in. By the end of the first section I was so engrossed in the book that I didn't even hear my oven timer go off and I burned my cookies! LOLThe characters were so very well-written that what happens in the story is not hard to believe. The tragedy at the Silver Bridge had changed so many lives. Eve had run away from it all, but it didn't seem to ever sit comfortably that her mother had uprooted their lives. In coming back to Point Pleasant she saw everything from a different point of view. I really appreciated the emotional intelligence that Eve had in realizing how she truly felt about Parrish Hotel and staying in her aunt's home. And Caden's history between the collapse of the bridge and when Eve returns is slowly revealed. There is such depth in his character that the fact that he is insanely good looking manages to pass you by half of the time. He probably could have had one eye and a peg leg and I would still swoon.The story itself is so engrossing! It is a story of friendship, suspense, romance, and mystery all rolled into a thrilling package. The fact that it is also very cohesive and easy-to-follow truly had me drawn into the world of Point Pleasant.Honestly this book deserves a 10 star rating!

  • Emma Meade
    2019-02-03 18:49

    Enjoyable mingling of mystery, crime and the supernatural genres. I've been interested in the legend of the Mothman ever since watching the movie with Richard Gere. The film wasn't great but I caught a documentary on the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant soon after that and I was riveted.This book, in my opinion does the town of Point Pleasant and the mysterious creature justice. Who are the monsters in this town, the mothman, or the locals?I did slap my forehead at one point when our heroine Eve made a silly decision that led to her being in a deadly situation. I think Caden should have put her behind bars for a night as punishment. :)There were some beautiful descriptions of the small town and Eve's aunt's home, an old house with a large covered porch. I've always fancied living in a house like that, but alas wraparound porches don't do well with awful Irish weather.Very much looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.

  • Jackie Roche
    2019-02-03 18:37

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review.This is the first book I've read by Mae Clair but it certainly won't be the last.This is a book that once I started reading I was loathe to put down.It has everything that a lover of psychological thrillers, which I am, wants. It pulls you along at a cracking pace with great dialogue and a plot with plenty of twists and turns.The characters are totally believable. By the end of the book I felt that Eve and Caden were my friends.The setting of Point Pleasant is described beautifully and I could picture it in my mind.The book had enough creepiness in it to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I kept looking over my shoulder to check there was no one around.I hope there will be more books in the series as I would love to meet Eve and Caden again.