A Thousand Yesteryears (Point Pleasant Book 1)

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A story of mystery, suspense, and…
the Mothman


Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real…

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer…

New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’Brien has this to say about the first book in the Point Pleasant Series:

“A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS is masterful, bone-chilling fiction that begins with a real-life tragedy on December 15, 1967: the Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  46 people died.   Author Mae Clair has seamlessly woven fact, fiction and creepy urban folklore into one intense thriller.  The gripping story focuses on two witnesses to the disaster—fifteen years later.  Both Eve Parrish and Caden Flynn lost loved ones in the catastrophe and still carry the emotional scars.  After a long absence, Eve returns to Point Pleasant to bury her recently-deceased aunt, face some old ghosts, and reunite with her one-time “impossible-crush,” Caden.  But when Eve begins to investigate her aunt’s death, she’s plunged into danger and a nightmare world where scary urban legends are very real.  Full of suspense, A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.”

A sampling of what other reviewers are saying:

Book cover for A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair, depicting a wooded thicket at nightI’ve been putting off this review because I was having a hard time trying to figure out how to review without gushing. I enjoyed this book so much, it’s hard to put it into words. I discovered Mae Clair a while back, and she’s never disappointed me, but I think this one is my favorite so far. I love how she took the real legend and gave us her own take on it. The whole Mothman thing is kind of creepy, and I love creepy. The book is full of suspense and wonder. I couldn’t wait to find out whether the Mothman was real or a myth. And I’m not telling. You have to read the book! And I highly recommend doing that. I can honestly say this is the best book I’ve read so far this year.

…C. Randolph


A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair is a story about tragedy in a small town. Murder, UFO’s, myths and legends kept me spellbound. Unputdownable! … Mae Clair’s writing created so much tension, that it took all I had not to skip ahead! The romance, mystery, myth and suspense kept me white knuckled, on the edge of my seat, talking to myself…oh no…hurry, hurry…must know. I gobbled the words like Lays potato chips and I know one Point Pleasant and Mothman book is never going to be enough. A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair can stand alone, but she leaves the characters wide open for more adventure.

… Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental Book Reviews


A Thousand Yesteryears is the perfect mix of mystery, paranormal, and romantic suspense. The characters are full and real. The whip-smart dialogue thoroughly convincing. And the legend of the Mothman is intense. I was riveted to the page, waiting for the Mothman to reappear and to find out who was behind the “strange” phone calls. But what I most enjoyed about this book was that it made me think. There aren’t many novels I can say that about. The last half of this story I digested in one sitting. Couldn’t put the book down!!! Clair is a talented storyteller with descriptive powers.

…Sue Coletta


The Mothman added magic, legend and a different type of mystery highlighting the human way of assuming the worst of and hunting things that we do not understand. The otherworldly elements added to the aura of suspense keeping the tone of the story fixed around the horror of the events of the past that set off a reaction that almost destroyed the town. This was well thought out, kept your attention, kept you turning the pages, was engaging and exciting. The multiple mysteries aided the romance and helped the characters put their demons to rest. A great story and well worth the read.

…Nikki Driscoll


“Mae Clair’s A Thousand Yesteryears combines the talent of an amazing author, a touch of the supernatural, murder, cover ups and the character of a small town trapped in the ghosts of the past. If magnetic mysteries with a touch of romance, a lot of suspense and fabulous characters and dialogue are musts for you, I highly recommend A Thousand Yesteryears!”

…Tome Tender Reviews


Mae Clair weaves a masterful story full of well-conceived plot points. Her characters are three-dimensional and realistic, lovely people you want to meet and have dinner with (or sadistic villains you want to run from even in a sunny park or crowded church). The settings come to life, much more than sights but also sounds and smells. I relived the eighties through this work. And the ending is satisfying, yet is open-ended enough to so we can revisit these characters and this world again.

And I, for one, am looking forward to doing just that.



Once again Mae Clair combines the mythical with the contemporary to bring us a flawless tale of murder, love and redemption. The characters are well-developed, the setting rich and the story line complex. If you’re a Mothman enthusiast, you’re gonna love it.

…Sandra Cox


Basing this fictional account of a real life story regarding the bridge collapse in Point Pleasant in December 1967, author Mae Clair has very convincingly weaved a story with the tragedy as a backdrop. Not expecting a mystery thriller, I was pleasantly surprised to see these elements intertwined with the supernatural twist. Main character Eve Parrish is a strong, smart, and independent woman determined to not show how much she is bothered by the threats and break-ins. The novel was well written, with a strong plot, and included all of the strengths of a great mystery thriller.

…Lupine Smile


Clair’s tale shows her talent of how to spin a story of myth, intrigue and mystery, keeping the reader full of suspense. You can easily place yourself in the heroine’s shoes, Eve Parrish, as this tale plays out…All Charters in this story are believable and interesting. This is the first book of Mae Clair that I have read and I am a fan. Having to work, I finished this book in three sittings, but if I didn’t have to work, I think it may have been one long night. This is a great book and I encourage you to read it. It is Masterful storytelling, suspenseful and overflowing with twists!

…Amazon reader, 67ZombieCats


For the continuation of this exciting series, see book 2, A COLD TOMORROW, and the final chapter, book 3, A DESOLATE HOUR