Clarkston’s Curse – Ann Margaret Johns

by Ann Margaret Johns
Genres: Mystery, True Story
Format: Paperback

Alt="clarkston's curse"Clarkston’s Curse: One Child’s Quest to Explain the Series of Tragedies in Her Hometown

By Ann Margaret Johns


Based on actual events, Clarkston’s Curse is the compelling true story of a child growing up in a small town plagued by tragedy.

Fleeing the violence and uncertainty of Detroit and big city living, Ann Margaret’s family moved to Clarkston, Michigan, population 1,024. But this sleepy town has a dark side. Between 1969 and 1982, more than forty unexplained accidents and incomprehensible murders struck residents of this rural community.

A true story of mystery, murder, family, and friendship, Clarkston’s Curse is a first-hand account of what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 70s in a small town where tragedy struck with unsettling frequency. More than forty families are forever changed, and thirty people – young and old – didn’t survive to tell their tale. Ann did.


Clarkston’s Curse is an amazing book. It tells the history of Clarkston, Michigan from 1969 to 1982. Author Ann Margaret’s family moved there in order to flee from the violent city of Detroit. The population of Clarkston was a mere 1,024. But Clarkston had its own under current of violence as many families and many individuals suffered loss of life during that unfortunate time.

To say that the town was cursed seems to be an understatement. If you look at the population versus the number of people that died (thirty) under suspicious circumstances, the numbers suggest a pattern and definitely a plight filled with tragedy.

Ann Margaret lived to tell the tale, as she was just a child at the time. The book is written from a child’s view point and how she saw the circumstances at the time. This is a very interesting book to say the least. It holds a lot of mystery surrounding the circumstances and the deaths of these innocent people.

Clarkston’s Curse is a very polished, well written book. Ann Margaret writes the details well with nothing lacking. It is a nail biter full of suspense and intrigue. Besides writing from her memory, this book is very well researched and scrutinized. I was held captive from the very first chapter and hung on to the exciting end.

The events that take place will have the reader on the edge their seat. It is a real page turner and one of the best memoir’s I have read in a long time. It reads almost like a suspense novel, but told through the eyes of a child. That’s not to say that it is written in an amateur way, rather it is written with skill and creativity and with a unique and talented voice.

Books like this intrigue me and Clarkston’s Curse did not disappoint in any way. Rather, it was full of surprises and eye opening scenarios that kept me flipping the pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next. This is a must read story that readers will be enthralled in and fascinated by.

Ann Margaret is an excellent writer and I look forward to more books written by her. This book embodies things that make up nightmares. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends Clarkston’s Curse to all lovers of mystery and suspense books, especially those that derive from a true story of a sleepy little town that was most definitely cursed.

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