This week’s other featured books, “Gentle Slaughter,” by Philip Belcher and “Mistakes by the Lake,” by Brian Petkash, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.
THE BOOK: Gravity Hill
PUBLISHED IN: Sept. 2022
THE AUTHOR: Susanne Davis
THE EDITOR: Kim Davis (no relation)
THE PUBLISHER: Madville Publishing
SUMMARY: Gravity Hill is a story about Jordan Hawkins, her family, and a small rural town in Connecticut wrecked by the tragic death of three boys on Gravity Hill. But what first appears to be a tragedy of drunk driving leads back to a mysterious accident that has plagued a small town for years, sending Jordan on a journey to clear her brother’s name. What she discovers—a hidden toxic waste site—sends the whole town on its own bumpy road to self-awareness and healing.
THE BACK STORY: The main character Jordan appeared to me first in a short story. She was angry and grieving and after I finished the story, she kept tapping me on the shoulder, letting me know she had more to say. It took me 12 years to see the fullness of the story. I’m glad we stuck with each other.
WHY THIS TITLE: The story has a heart and a road map for grieving, as well as a character committed to discovering the truth.
And the drama starts and ends on Gravity Hill, which is a real place, in Sterling, CT.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: If interested in strong female characters, small town mysteries, environmental subplot, farmlife.
Instagram book bloggers:
Reading Late Into the Night/Sherry: “What an emotional ride. It seems my last few reads have been beautifully written and deeper than my normal reads. Jordan is struggling with not only her brother’s untimely death but also the expectations of her family and being the surviving child. She is such a complex and well written character. I felt for her having to deal with all that at too young an age. I was also reeled in by the mystery that develops in this poor rural town. And can I mention my fascination with this place that defies gravity? A great read by a debut author. I finished it in a day. Never wanting to put it down.
ABOUT THE BOOK: “GRAVITY HILL is a story about Jotrdan Hawkins, her family, and a small rural town in Connecticut wrecked by the tragic deaths of three boys on Gravity Hill. But what first appears to be a tragedy of drunk driving leads back to a mysterious accident that has plagued a small town for years, sending Jordan on a journey to clear her brotherr’s name. What she discovers — a hidden toxjc waste site — sends the whole townm on its own bumpy road to self discovery and healing.”
Tammyreads62: 𝐖𝐡𝐨𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝! 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫. 𝐉𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬, 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞! 𝐒𝐨 𝐬𝐨 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝!
AUTHOR PROFILE: https://susannedavis.com/about/
AUTHOR COMMENTS: I grew up on a dairy farm in Connecticut, still owned and operated by my family. Farmers are notorious storytellers, and so it seemed natural when one day I started to spin a story to my friends at school that my family would be moving soon. My friends threw a big party for me, with cake and many sweet presents that only adolescent girls can give, including a miniature sailboat in a glass bottle. It was a beautiful party, the only problem was that I wasn’t moving. Not at all. Maybe I’d heard my parents talk about the possibility of moving, because indeed we did move a year later to the farm which serves loosely as the backdrop for Gravity Hill. But the problem was that I had to go back to school in September and face the friends who had given me a heartfelt, teary farewell. What was I to do? I made up a story. At that time, before moving to the dairy farm, my family owned a chicken farm. I hated the chickens and those dark smelly pens so it wasn’t hard the first day of school that September, when my friends saw me get off the bus, to create ANOTHER elaborate story… (also not true)… the chickens had gotten a terrible disease and couldn’t be moved. Luckily no one asked what disease, because I hadn’t thought that far ahead. But that was the moment I decided to write fiction, so that in the words of one famous writer, I might write all my dramatic stories but live a boring life.
LOCAL OUTLETS: Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Bookshop.org, numerous other independent bookstores, Madville Publishing
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon
PRICE: $9.95 (Kindle) – 20.95 Paper
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: http://www.susannedavis.com