- Author: Marcia Meara
- Published: April 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Contemporary Fiction with Supernatural Elements
“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”
Those are the words of ten-year old Rabbit’s dying grandmother, who has ‘seeing’ dreams. She tells Rabbit he must leave their camp and find the ‘good people’. Rabbit has lived in the mountains of North Carolina, as far back as he can remember with his gran and grampa, never seeing another soul and has been taught that people are not to be trusted. Rabbit is scared seeing his gran so weak and frail, and worried because his grampa hasn’t returned from getting supplies. But now his gran has become so sick that she’s insisting Rabbit must leave all he’s ever known and go off into the wilderness. So begins Rabbit’s almost two months long and perilous journey over the mountains to fulfil his promise to his gran. He’s determined to find the man she described before she died.
My gran is gone. She’s gone. And my grampa isn’t coming back, neither. I’m alone now. I gotta be strong. That’s what she said. I gotta be strong, and leave the mountain. I gotta find the good people. Grampa says there ain’t any, but maybe I should believe what Gran said. We can’t be the only ones who ain’t bad. I gotta find the rest. And I gotta hunt for the man with eyes like winter skies and hair like a crow’s wing.
This is such a captivating tale and Rabbit stole my heart. It follows Rabbit’s journey and ensuing development after his isolated childhood, while picking up the story of Sarah and Mac from the first book – Wake Robin Ridge (my review can be found here.) They are expecting their first child when Rabbit arrives on the ridge and their lives are about to change, in ways they never could have imagined, from the moment they all meet. Rabbit is a remarkable little boy, bright and loving, with exceptional gifts. Sarah meets Rabbit as he camps in nearby woods, and tries to win his trust before she tells Mac, not sure how he will react after the loss that still haunts him, and hurts so much.
I was so stunned, I couldn’t speak. Could this little boy really have been living in the woods somewhere, with his grandparents? For how long? Where were the rest of his family? Had he been kidnapped? Were people looking for him?
I wasn’t sure where to start. “Is Rabbit the only name you have?”
“That all they ever called me. Well, my gran sometimes just called me Boy, but my grampa, he only called me Little Rabbit, ‘cause he said I hopped around like one when I was young.”
Reading about Rabbit’s journey and his meeting with Sarah and Mac is so poignant, it’s described beautifully with believable feelings and emotions. Marcia Meara has such a wonderful way with words, I can visualise the story and setting and feel part of it. I love the way Rabbit interprets life and his perspective of it’s rights and wrongs. His wonder at things he’s never seen and can hardly believe actually exist just make him more delightful. But for all his young age and innocence he has an old and wise head on his shoulders.
The characters are well developed and (mostly) appealing and relatable, the narrative better than ever. It’s written alternately from the first (Sarah’s) and third point of view which works well.
Again, the mountain backdrop is wonderfully evocative and together with the elements of mystery, danger and suspense, not to mention a touch of the paranormal and second sight prediction, make this is one of my favourite books so far this year.
About Marcia Meara
Marcia Meara is a native Floridian, and lives in Sanford, just north of Orlando, with her husband of 30+ years, four cats, and two dachshunds. When not working on her books and blogs, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard.
At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that a mere 64 years later, she finally wrote “Wake-Robin Ridge,” her first novel. Making up for lost time, she published four more novels in the next three years:
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3
Swamp Ghosts: Riverbend Book 1
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
Marcia has also published a small chapbook of poetry, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love, and her work has been included in six Silver Birch Press Anthologies.