In the summer of 1963, KaliOka Road is Bekkah Rich's world. Trusted by her parents, she has the freedom to roam and explore in the safety of rural Mississippi—as long as she remains on the red dirt road. Kali Oka dead-ends at an abandoned church and crosses the notorious Cry Baby Creek, where locals say a young infant, deliberately drowned, can be heard crying for mercy late at night. As the summer rolls out, three events change Bekkah forever. Nadine, with her stable of show horses, moves onto the road. Then, a reclusive religious group—the Redeemers—rumored to practice strange rituals, takes over the old church. Shortly after that, her best friend's infant sister Maebelle goes missing. Horse crazy Bekkah falls under the sway of Nadine, but it is the desperate need to find Maebelle that motivates her to take dangerous actions. No one on KaliOka Road is who or what they seem. Bekkah must face the truth of a grownup world and learn that trust and judgment come at a cost.
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An expected lazy summer on the backroad of a small town turns terrifying.
This story of a young southern girl’s world turning upside down in the 60’s, is spellbinding. Being a young southern girl myself in the late 60’s-70’s, who spent her summers in the country, I was quickly caught up in the story. I could feel the hot sun & coolness of the creek; smell the hay, horses & flowers; feel the fear, loss, and confusion of the characters. Who to trust? What’s real? Ghosts, kidnapping, murder, a religious ‘cult’.
Different from “Bones” series, but good.
I absolutely LOVE Carolyn Haines’ “Bones” series with Sarah Booth and her friends, human and animal. This new series is just as well written, but was not what I expected. Ms. Haines’ love and respect for animals is evident and the story held my attention. I just missed the humor and light-hearted antics that I had expected. Would highly recommend.