The Hill, the debut novel by Kevin Johnson, is now available.
Jake Myers grew up hearing stories about the hauntings on The Hill, but he never believed them. When Booneville locals traded tales about the spirits who inhabited the old Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, he chalked them up to urban legends. There’s no such thing as the supernatural… or so Jake thought.
Jake jumps at the chance to join a ghost tour of the sanatorium, not because he believes in that sort of thing, but because he’s fascinated by the history of the buildings. He has no idea just how close to that history he’ll get. Jake falls down a staircase and wakes up to discover he’s somehow stumbled more than sixty years into the past.
Jake has no idea how he arrived in 1948 and even less of an idea of how to get home. The only thing he’s confident about is that claiming to be a visitor from the future would surely land him in a padded room. Forced to adapt to his circumstances, he takes a job at the sanatorium and vows to keep his head down until he figures out what’s going on. Against his better judgement, he befriends some of the patients and staff. He’s immediately struck by the strength and resilience of the people around him and soon finds himself torn between the past and his present. But the suspicions of one wary doctor may destroy his chances for happiness in either.