Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage?


My Review

The first thing I need to say is that I adored this book. I do have some reservations but they are just my own opinions.

I’m not going to pretend this is the greatest piece of literature ever written. Or the best ghost story though it kept me reading and guessing far more than for instance, the irritatingly slow, The Turn of the Screw which is a ‘classic’. We like our chills and thrills at a faster pace these days.

The long descriptions of the ghostly goings-on detracted somewhat from the suspense and at times I laughed when I should have been terrified. All a bit Rebecca meets The League of Gentlemen. But having said that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Personally, I think it could be a lot darker and if it ever gets made for TV I think it should be. It lacks that real creeping terror that you get with an author such as Michelle Paver (Wakenhyrst). The spookiness is all a bit ‘out there’ leaving little to the imagination, which as I said earlier, detracts from the suspense.

But I still loved it! Reading with The Pigeonhole meant I received a ‘stave’ (made up of a few chapters) each day and had to wait till the following day for the next episode. And I was on tenterhooks. You know sometimes books are so beautiful and well-written that you realise the story is actually a bit weak underneath the poetry ie ‘style over substance’. I’m not saying this is the opposite – it’s better than that. But the story is really good. Don’t be put off by a few comments from my fellow Pigeons or the occasional bad review. But having said all that the ending was a bit of a damp squib.

It’s an excellent story though and many thanks to The Pigeonhole and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

Let’s hear from the author herself:

“I write ghost stories, gothic fiction and creepy dark tales. Stories that send shivers down the spine and leave the reader with the need to keep the lights on is my sort of fiction. I love to read dark stuff too, some of my favourite authors are Sarah Waters, Susan Hill and Michelle Paver. My debut novel, Haverscroft, a ghost story and domestic noir, is set in East Anglia and published by Salt Publishing.

“My short story, Sub-Zero, was publicised in the October edition of The Norfolk Magazine 2019. I was shortlisted for The First 500 Words of a Novel Competition in 2018 and my extract is published in the anthology, Monsters. I won the Retreat West Crime Writers Competition and was runner up in the Brixton Bookjam First Chapter Competition.
Haverscroft was long listed for The Not The Booker Prize 2019.”

SA Harris

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