Category Archives: ghost stories

“The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton

Ever since reading “The Forgotten Garden“, I have been a huge fan of Kate Morton’s novels.  Since they have been published in 34 languages and have been international bestsellers, it would seem I am not alone. “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” has … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday April 12, 2018

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Weathering” by Lucy Wood for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published January 15th 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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“The broken girls” by Simone St. James

“Idlewild was an old place, and the fear here was old fear.” “Idlewild was the boarding school of last resort, where parents stashed their embarrassments, their failures, and their recalcitrant girls.” Idlewild is an old, abandoned boarding school in rural … Continue reading

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“The dead house” by Billy O’Callaghan

“Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O’Callaghan’s hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition … Continue reading

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“The doll funeral” by Kate Hamer

A well-written, though at times bleak novel, about a thirteen year-old girl who can ‘see‘ the dead. She sees many dead people, but the most constant presence is that of ‘Shadow’, a young boy who has made himself known to … Continue reading

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“The haunting of Haelstrom Cottage” by Tabatha Cross

Do you remember, as an adolescent,  hearing ghost stories around the campfire? The kind where those around the fire took turns with a flashlight beneath their chin? Well… this is such a story! “When places are deprived of sunlight, evil … Continue reading

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“The Widow’s House” by Carol Goodman

I’ll admit first off that it was the stunning cover that first attracted me to this novel. Then, when I realized I had already read a book by this author that I really enjoyed (“The drowning tree“), the deal was … Continue reading

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“All things cease to appear” by Elizabeth Brundage

“A novel that combines noir and the gothic in a story about two families entwined in their own unhappiness, with, at its heart, a gruesome and unsolved murder.” The old farmhouse in upstate New York has seen more than its … Continue reading

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“Weathering” by Lucy Wood

A cold, cold, river.  An even colder, deserted, and unloved house.  It is here that Ada brings her six year-old daughter, Pepper.  The very first thing they do when they arrive is they take Pearl’s ashes to the river and … Continue reading

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Spooky October reads

Although horror is not my genre of choice, there have been a few horror titles that have stuck with me over the years.  Because of this, I’ve decided to share five titles with you.  I’m anxious to see if you’ve … Continue reading

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“The Stopped Heart” by Julie Myerson

Time has long been a concept that has proven mysterious to many – myself included.   The way it seems to ‘go fast’ or ‘slow down’ when in fact the minutes and seconds remain the same…   Einstein concluded in his … Continue reading

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“The Barter” by Siobhan Adcock

This award-winning debut novel has been touted as women’s fiction, a ghost story, and a thriller.  I’m here to say it fits all three descriptions! Present day in suburban Texas. When the story begins we meet Bridget,  a young woman who … Continue reading

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“Convalescence”by Maynard Sims

Halloween Day – of course I HAD to read a ghost story! It is 1965 and tuberculosis has decimated James’ family – killing his parents and sister – and leaving him weak and sickly.  He is sent to convalesce at … Continue reading

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“The After House” by Michael Phillip Cash

The Afterhouse, for the purposes of this novel, has a two-fold meaning.   The afterhouse on a whaling ship in the late 19th century (according to Merriam Webster: the deckhouse nearest the stern of a ship) – and the after house … Continue reading

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“Secrets of the Lighthouse” by Santa Montefiore

Ellen Trawton is  overcome with a feeling of being trapped.  Trapped by her well-to-do family’s expectations, and trapped by her impending marriage to a man she doesn’t love.  So, in an impetuous moment of defiance, she runs away.   She quits … Continue reading

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