My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Barbara Michaels is unparalleled in the Gothic suspense genre in the early 70’s and 80’s. It is a joy to read these thrillers that were published earlier. We have the best of the segment now with thrillers becoming more tauter and untangling the spider-web becoming more and more intricate and complex. So reading this work of Barbara Michaels may prove tiresome for many as there’s not much brain electrocuting happening here. The suspense is not very intense, and the whole action of the story takes place only at he end by which time there’s so much detailing of things around the mansion Maidenwood that makes it a bit tedious. But the book was exactly what I was looking for some lazy and relaxed reading.
Be Buried in the Rain may not be her best work but still a good and interesting read.
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There are terrible secrets from generations past buried at Maidenwood. Medical student Julie Newcomb has returned to her family’s decaying plantation—the site of so many painful childhood memories—to tend to her tyrannical grandmother, felled by a stroke. The fire of malevolence still burns in the cruel, despotic matriarch’s eyes—yet, for Julie, a faint spark of redemption and second chances flickers in this hated, haunted place. But her hope—and her life—are seriously threatened by a nightmare reborn . . . and by the grim discovery on the lonely road to Maidenwood of the earth-browned skeletons of a mother and child.