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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Crown Cliff: An Investigative Thriller is a short story written by Marc A. DiGiacomo. Kelly Vetter and her family are newcomers in Salem, New York, a small town with an old history. Diving off nearby Crown Cliff, a 50-foot drop into Salem Lake, is a rite of passage for young adult males, but it was also the site of a brutal series of murders according to town legends. The Masons settled along the Lake in the 1700s. Mary Mason was a Native American, and the family kept to themselves. One night, Hessian soldiers working with the British Crown came upon the homestead and murdered the entire family, with the exception of young Lewis Mason, who had hidden himself away. His spirit is reputed to be haunting the area. When Kelly meets up with two classmates at Crown Cliff late one night in April, she plans on diving off the cliff, but a night of partying and fun is transformed into one of terror as an uninvited guest appears.
Marc A. DiGiacomo's short story, Crown Cliff: An Investigative Thriller, is suspenseful and well-plotted. The background and history of the story is presented by the narrator, which provides an interesting frame for the tale that follows. I enjoyed the way the author had the story of the Mason tragedy told by Grant Wexler, one of the students in Daniel Petro's history class. This layering of narration made me get even more deeply involved in the tale that the somewhat pompous Wexler tells. Crown Cliff is set up in the reader's mind as a spooky and haunted place which would of course be irresistible for young adults trying to prove themselves. The events which lead to Kelly's attack build the suspense quite well, and the attack itself did not disappoint this reader's expectations. I enjoyed reading Crown Cliff: An Investigative Thriller. I especially liked the way it was presented, and the ending is marvelous. It's highly recommended.