Upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, Lòn Haven, stands a lighthouse.
A lighthouse that has weathered more than storms.
Mysterious and terrible events have happened on this island. It started with a witch hunt. Now, centuries later, islanders are vanishing without explanation.
Coincidence? Or curse?
Liv Stay flees to the island with her three daughters, in search of a home. She doesn’t believe in witches, or dark omens, or hauntings. But within months, her daughter Luna will be the only one of them left.
Twenty years later, Luna is drawn back to the place her family vanished. As the last sister left, it’s up to her to find out the truth . . .
But what really happened at the lighthouse all those years ago?
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Wow I did enjoy this atmospheric and gripping gothic thriller. I was a big fan of this author’s first book but this book surpassed all of my expectations and I’d happily call it one of my books of the year.
Firstly I loved the descriptions of the island and especially the lighthouse which were really vivid helping me to picture it in my mind. I have a bit of a thing about lighthouses which always seem full of mystery and magic somehow so I loved learning more about the history of this one. The island is certainly an interesting place with some of the locals giving off some very creepy vibes. It’s a place I’d love to visit and experience for a day but only if I had an immediate way of leaving if anything happened!
The story changes between 1998 when Liv comes to live on the island and 2001 when one of Liv’s daughters comes back to the island to find out what happens. The time changes are quite abrupt at times and it did confuse me to start with, especially as it changed between first and third person too. I soon git used to this though and found I enjoyed both timelines equally which is unusual for me. There is also some flashbacks to the Scottish Witch Hunts which were interesting to learn more about.
Overall, as you can probably tell, I really enjoyed this book which I found very hard to put down. It’s a book that merges a few genres together and does so very successfully. There’s a deliciously creepy atmosphere to the book that helped draw me into the story and was perfect for snuggling up with on cold nights. There are lots of family drama, chilling moments that made my heart beat faster and a truly amazing twist at the end which I didn’t see coming.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Harper for my copy of this book via netgalley. I highly recommend this book!
About The Author:
C.J. Cooke is an acclaimed, award-winning poet, novelist and academic with numerous other publications written under the name of Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Her work has been published in twenty-three languages to date. Born in Belfast, C.J. has a PhD in Literature from Queen’s University, Belfast, and is currently Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she researches creative writing interventions for mental health. C.J. Cooke lives in Glasgow with her husband and four children.