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Book Review: Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga

Title: Donn's Hill Book Cover
Title: Donn’s Hill Series: The Soul Searchers Genre: Fiction Format: eBook Pages: 286 Source: BookSprout

A genre-bending gem of a book, DONN’S HILL follows the journey of Mackenzie Clair and her feline sidekick Striker as they search for the killer lurking in the most haunted small town in America. Winner of the 2017 League of Utah Writers Silver Quill Award, this cozy paranormal mystery is sure to delight horror fans and cat fanciers alike.


Donn’s Hill is a horror/mystery/thriller that involves the paranormal. As such, I knew I had to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed.

Donn’s Hill is Caryn Larrinaga’s debut novel. As such, it does suffer a bit from “first book syndrome” but in all honesty, it doesn’t really detract from the story. This one needs the long set-up to make it as impactful as it is. Not to mention this is the first book in a series, which makes it even more forgivable that the set-up takes as long as it does.

I really like Mac. She’s funny, she’s not overly happy with her gift at first, and honestly, she’s just an all-around likable character. I also like Graham and Kit a lot. I’m on the fence about Penelope – I hated her at first, but things settled down and I don’t quite hate her anymore. Of course, as a cat lover, I definitely love Striker.

I have a copy of Donn’s Shadow, the second book in the series and I can’t wait to get started on it because I’m sure it’s going to be just as amazing as the first book. After all, there’s still a ghost that might be harming people to get rid of.

I received a copy of this book free from BookSprout in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.