Private Bronwyn Hyatt is back from Iraq with a busted leg and a broken shoulder. Home is a small town in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. As she heals, Bronwyn has to confront everything that made her run away in the first place: her family, her treacherous ex-boyfriend and her people – the Tufa – a private, secretive population. While struggling to heal, Bronwyn comes upon a haint haunting her family and must discover what it wants before it’s too late. The Hum and the Shiver, by Alex Bledsoe, will be best loved by those who enjoy deep characterization and fantasy in rural settings.