The Mach Band Region

ABOUT Maria Rachel Hooley

maria Rachel Hooley
I've written over twenty novels, including When Angels Cry, New Life Incorporated, and the Sojourner series.  My poetry has been published in over 80 literary journals across the United States and United Kingdom.  I live in Oklahoma with my husband and three children.



When I left McKarey's Bluff ten years ago, I never planned to return. Ariel Morgan had refused to marry me and there was nothing left to stay for. Now Ariel is dead, supposedly by her own hand, and her younger sister, Rachel, is spiraling toward that same fate. Rachel used to be in love with me, maybe even more than Ariel. But she was a kid then. Now I'm returning to save a woman. And McKarey's Bluff is a small town haunted by more than Ariel's death. Years ago fifteen prostitutes disappeared. Sometimes the ghosts come back, not that I believe in them. But something isn't right here, and I'm seeing things I can't explain. I came to save Rachel, but I'm not even sure I can save myself anymore.

I like the idea that people are haunted instead of places, and I wanted to take the idea behind the mach band region, i.e. the theory of why moths destroy themselves in flames and use it in fiction.