Go to My Grave
by Catriona McPherson
St. Martin's Press
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 23 Oct 2018
Go to My Grave is a chilling, suspenseful tale of long kept secrets and revenge. Donna Weaver and her mother have put everything into setting up The Breakers as a bed and breakfast, and the first guests are due to arrive. Oddly, the house is familiar to the party that arrives, as they had stayed there one fateful summer many years before. Tempers quickly fray, and minds unravel as sinister “pranks” remind the visitors of events. Donna is the only one that doesn’t know what happened, but the narrator tells us, piece by piece, leading readers down a path of discovery - and murder. Go to My Grave is an incredible novel, cleverly composed to maximize the impact on the reader. If you like mysteries with a strong dose of the gothic and more than a few knife sharp twists, pick up a copy of Go to My Grave.
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 18 Sep 2018
The Night Crossing is a chilling gothic adventure in the vein of supernatural classics Dracula and Frankenstein. But as in many such tales the most horrifying monsters were once human. An intrepid explorer and Egyptian expert (Mina), a courageous writer fascinated by the occult (Bram Stoker), and a young woman seeking the truth behind her son’s death come together to face a malevolent power stealing the life essence of the poor, the people that no one will miss. But evil hides itself well, and wealth encourages society to look away, making it all the more difficult to challenge. Rich in atmosphere, The Night Crossing captures the feel of London at the time - the fascination with the paranormal, the love of Egyptology, the huge division between rich and poor.
Although Robert Masello indicates that Bram Stoker’s adventures within the pages of The Nigh...
by Richard Easter Endeavour Press
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 24 Dec 2017
The best ghost stories are not what you expect. The General Theory of Haunting is so much more than your average tale of gothic mystery. Yes, you get your isolated manor house, cut off from the outside world. You are told the inevitable - the house is not haunted - the strange sounds you hear are pipes and the house settling.
After Lord Francis Marryman’s wife died in 1809, he was beset with a desire - to construct a physical means of reuniting with his beloved wife. The result of his work, this unusual house in the middle of nowhere where the staff of K&K Publishing is to stay for the New Year’s holiday.
The six who arrive are initially charmed, but become more disturbed as the long weekend progresses. Cut off from the world, in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a house filled with echoing footsteps and whispers, the troop feel their secret...
The Winterlings flows smoothly, more like poetry than prose. It isn't a gothic in the traditional sense, but like in gothics women and the conception of femininity play a central role.
This is a novel that will definitely appeal more to an academic audience than the general public.
The story centers around two sisters who return to the Spanish village where they once lived with their grandfather. After a youth spent in exile, their return revives the old fears, superstitions and resentments that led to their grandfather's murder during the Spanish civil war. Like the characters in a morality play, each resident is distinctly human, but has a grotesque almost absurd aspect. The life of the village and the interactions of its residents is juxtaposed against the glory of the cinema. Both sisters love film and yearn to escape, to become someone e...
The Fire Child is an enthralling gothic thriller, in the vein of such classics as Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. Rachel’s world changes drastically when she marries a wealthy and handsome, older widower with a young son. Everything seems perfect, but soon after moving into the Carnhallow House, Jamie begins behaving oddly, saying strange things, and asserting that his mother is still alive. David’s previous wife, elegant, beautiful and very similar in appearance to Rachel died less than two years ago. What troubles Rachel most is Jamie’s statement - “You will be dead by Christmas”.
The Fire Child has a strong psychological element. In particular the bond between parent and child is of central importance. Where The Fire Child differs from the gothic mold is with the inclusion of chapters narrated by the husband, David....
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: March 24, 2016
The Crooked Finger has everything a fan of gothics can ask for - a beautiful and intelligent lead, a mysterious and handsome challenger, an isolated setting, a cryptogram leading to a hidden treasure, and more than a bit of danger and romance. Angus McVicar's novel is as appealing today, as when it was first published many decades ago.
Eileen's father left her a legacy, a map and a cryptogram purporting to lead to a hidden treasure. The documents are stolen by a mysterious man with a crooked finger - the sign of her grandfather's enemy. Fortunately she made a copy, and it leads her to a small island off Scotland where two mysteries await - the solution to the cryptogram and the identity of the man with the crooked finger.
I liked this novel immensely, and particularly enjoyed McVicar's ideas about the importance of both people working towards making a lasting and loving...
Mystery & Thrillers, Supernatural
Pub Date: February 23, 2016
The Oxford Inheritance is an enthralling gothic thriller. I was literally hooked by the end of the prologue.
In Oxford, money and lineage prevail over common justice. For generations, the scions of powerful businessmen and politicians have attended the various colleges. Cassandra Blackwell has lived off the grid for years after her mother's suicide. When a package addressed to her mother arrives, begging her to return to Oxford and end things once and for all, Cassandra decides to find the means to go to Oxford and discover the truth about her mother - and possibly the identity of her father.
Amongst the history and the seductive glamour, Cassandra uncovers dark secrets and evidence of multiple murders. Her search for truth leads to darkness, and danger greater than she ever imagined.
Cassandra is not an ordinary heroine. The path she takes...
Greythorne by L M Merrington
Pub Date: October 8, 2015
How did Lucy Greythorne die?
From the moment Nell Featherstone arrives at Greythorne Manor as a governess to eight-year-old Sophie, she finds herself haunted by the fate of the mistress of the house, and entranced by the child's father, the enigmatic Professor Nathaniel Greythorne.
When a violent storm reveals Lucy's body is not in her grave, Nell becomes suspicious about the Professor's research. But what she discovers in his laboratory will turn all her ideas about life and death, morality and creation on their head.
Enthralled by a man walking a fine line between passion and madness, Nell must make an impossible choice between life, death, and life after death, where any mistake could be her last.
Perfect for fans of Daphne DuMaurier, Susan Hill and Kate Mosse.
Greythorne is a classic gothic tale with a surprising twist.
Nell Featherstone is an educated young woman, but without means. She jumps at the opportun...