Fear Caller

Fiction - Literary
420 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2020
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Author Biography

I'm a licensed psychotherapist in San Diego, California, live with my guitar-making husband and three not-so-feral cats, and have a daughter who is a source of constant delight and amazement. As a therapist, the struggles and triumphs of my clients have always been an inspiration to me. It is a privilege to help them understand the fears and challenges they may have called to themselves and find a means to tame them. My own worst fears are not having enough time to read all the books I want to read, or write all the books I hope to write!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

A grieving widower and a young woman working to become a doctor in the Colorado Territory during the mid-nineteenth century strive to make a difference for a physically challenged boy in the sensational historical novel Fear Caller by Beverly Hamowitz. Life has not been easy for Ned Harper, and just as Ned's life reached a pinnacle of happiness and joy, his life shattered around him, and he pulled away from the world. Allie Hanover was born into wealth and enjoyed the security of a loving family. Apprenticing with her doctor father, she intends to follow in her father's footsteps and become a doctor. However, when tragedy strikes one of her patients, she feels responsible, and her faith in her abilities wavers. When eight-year-old Joseph Findlay unexpectedly steps into their lives and befriends Running Cloud, Ned's wolf/dog, it dramatically changes the course of Ned's and Allie's lives.

Fear Caller by Beverly Hamowitz is an extraordinary historical fiction novel that is unforgettable. It is a brilliantly written novel that artistically portrays a post Civil War small town in the Colorado Territory and its community. From the intriguing first page, the conflicts build to a dramatic climax and finally evolve to an impeccable and desirable conclusion. It is a well-written book with a captivating plot, engaging characters, and an enthralling storyline. The protagonists are admirable, lovable, and irresistible, and I was impressed with the complexity and solidity of each of the characters. Their backgrounds are compelling and poignant, making it is easy to get lost in the story and the era. Containing twists and turns that include morality, honor, seduction, and romance, this riveting tale brims with action and drama that will delight readers from the ages of twelve to a hundred and three!

Rabia Tanveer

Fear Caller by Beverly Hamowitz is the story of Ned as he realizes living is far scarier than dying. Coming back from the Civil War proves to be harder for rancher Ned Harper than he thinks it will be. The war leaves a huge mark on his heart and mind, something that he did not expect. He thinks his ranch, his mares, and his community are enough to draw him out of the darkness that seems to engulf him when he least expects it, but he is wrong. Soon he realizes that all the fear and anger stored inside his heart is not good and he faces the worst of himself in the most transparent way possible. Suddenly, wishing to die is the least of his worries as he has to tame the beast within and correct himself before it is too late.

Beverly Hamowitz opens Fear Caller with a bang and ends it with the fanfare the story deserves. The narrative is intelligent, it draws the reader in and makes them lose themselves in the story in the best way possible. Beverly Hamowitz starts with a compelling background and then she adds a character like Ned Harper to seal the deal. The historical references add more to the story and make it even more believable. Surprisingly, the story was not as serious I thought it would be. There are refreshing notes of humor and light-hearted banter that make the plot move forward cohesively and entertainingly. I found Fear Caller to be healing and Ned’s character has a huge part in it. He is vulnerable, but he is strong as well. He takes time to get back on his feet; his struggles and his burden become too much at times, but he powers through it all. The author does a great job of incorporating the “wild” west and Native American folklore into the plot in the most realistic manner. Fear Caller is a must-read novel for readers who enjoy realistic fiction with strong characters and a sharp narrative style.

K.C. Finn

Fear Caller is a work of literary fiction written by author Beverly Hamowitz. Spanning genres and themes such as historical fiction, psychological drama, thriller and slice of life, we find ourselves in the late nineteenth century with our protagonist, Ned Harper. Haunted by the Civil War from his youth, Ned recalls the fearful warnings of a woman who once told him of the titular adage of the Fear Caller. As he battles with his psyche and life becomes more and more difficult, his soul is drawn towards the darkness, and he calls out his fears to find something truly terrifying on its way back to him.

Author Beverly Hamowitz has crafted a superb and chilling work of literature which is oozing with atmosphere and eerie, emotive prose on every page. One of the particular highlights of the work for me was the dedication to the exploration of Ned’s deep psyche, which serves as a backbone of character-led tension throughout the events of the tale. Shocking and disturbing in some parts, this mature and intelligent novel is genuinely frightening because it explores real fear, pain and the consequences of human actions. I also felt very immersed in the historical action of the piece, with well researched details and settings amidst the Colorado Territories serving as an austere backdrop to the novel’s most harrowing events. Overall, I would certainly recommend Fear Caller to fans of moving literary fiction that takes on the sharp edges of horror and thriller, whilst also portraying a powerful psychological battle.

Pikasho Deka

Fear Caller is a western romance novel written by author Beverly Hamowitz. Set in 19th-century America, Fear Caller follows the lives of people living in the small frontier town of Solace Springs. Ned Harper is a prolific trapper and hunter who's traumatized by the deaths of his wife Becky and his unborn child. Ned, alongside his friend Will, owns the Harper and Hanover ranch just outside of Solace Springs, where they raise horses for the Army. Meanwhile, Will's younger sister Allie, who harbors ambitions of studying medicine and becoming a doctor, develops a burgeoning crush on Ned. But trouble comes knocking in Solace Springs when a couple of rustlers named Nix Hooley and Jeb, whom Ned encountered while chasing mustangs, crash the Gathering.

Fear Caller is an enrapturing tale of love, sacrifice, and loyalty set in the old rugged west that should appeal to fans of romance and westerns alike. With imaginative descriptions of the terrain and dialogue that wouldn't go amiss in an old western classic, Beverly Hamowitz's novel is further complemented by a rich and intriguing plot with suspense and drama. I was hooked from the first page till the last and just couldn't put the book down. I was enamored by the characters, with Ned and Allie being my favorite of the bunch. Additionally, Beverly Hamowitz's narrative is as smooth as melted butter in a plot that moves at a steady pace. I absolutely adored reading Fear Caller, and I would highly recommend it to fans of historical novels with dramatic and romantic undertones.