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The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish Review

Book Cover The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish

Ghosts have always walked there. Now they’re not alone…

In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.

Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happening in the old print shop? And who is the little girl with no face?

The legends of Henderson Close are becoming all too real. The Auld De’il is out – and even the spirits are afraid.

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Emily’s Review

This is a tough review to write. I loved most of The Haunting of Henderson Close. This book is set in Scotland at a haunted tourist attraction – Henderson Close is a street that was closed, and then built over. The street is underground, and the main characters are tour guides who spend a fair amount of time in Henderson Close.

Just the setting itself is so badass. It’s set up to be so spooky, and I was immediately invested. I recently read The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates, which is also about a tour guide at a haunted tourist attraction. I really enjoyed that one, so I had high hopes for The Haunting of Henderson Close.

I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to feel about time slips, but Catherine Cavendish really pulled it off. I loved following along with the characters’ uncertainty about what was going on, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well everything was woven together. It was fun to hear about the different legends – usually I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I really liked that aspect of The Haunting of Henderson Close.

Then we start running into problems. Once it gets closer to the end, everything gets pretty convoluted. There was way too much going on, and the attempt to make deep ties for certain storylines left other storylines with gaping plot holes. The story got overly complicated, and the plot twists harmed the story much more than helped it. I was really loving this one up until this point, so I was a bit sad.

Even though the ending didn’t work for me at all, I still had so much fun reading this book as a whole. I would still recommend it to fans of haunted locations and ghost stories despite my feelings on the wrap-up. Thank you so much to Flame Tree Press for sending this one to me. The Haunting of Henderson Close will be out on 1/10/19.

Alex’s Teaser Review

Cavendish did a great job at freaking me out – at least three times when I was in bed late at night I chose to stay IN bed instead of leaving the safe confines of my room to go to the bathroom. There are definitely a few scenes that irked me a bit. And that’s just one of the many reasons I love a good ghost/haunting story!

Click here to read the rest of Alex’s review at Findingmontauk.com

Laurie’s Teaser Review

The author has taken care to create and set her scenes and create her characters and I appreciate that so much. You can nearly smell the stench that permeates the streets in 1891 and the dark corners of Henderson Close when the ghosties appear. It’s also very moody and creeptastic.

Click here to read the rest of Laurie’s review at Bark At the Ghouls


About Author Catherine Cavendish

author photo Catherine Cavendish

Hello, my name’s Catherine Cavendish and I write horror fiction – frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes.

Out now- from Kensington-Lyrical – the third in a trilogy – DAMNED BY THE ANCIENTS – set in Egypt and Vienna and featuring the sinister Dr. Emeryk Quintillus whose obsession has stayed with him past the grave. This completes the NEMESIS OF THE GODS trilogy which started with WRATH OF THE ANCIENTS, followed by WAKING THE ANCIENTS.

My novellas COLD REVENGE, MISS ABIGAIL’S ROOM, THE DEMONS OF CAMBIAN STREET, THE DEVIL INSIDE HER and THE SECOND WIFE have now been released in new editions by Crossroad Press.

My novels THE DEVIL’S SERENADE and SAVING GRACE DEVINE have also been released in new editions by Crossroad Press, as have my novel of the Lancashire Witches – THE PENDLE CURSE – and my novellas, LINDEN MANOR and DARK AVENGING ANGEL.

I live with a long-suffering husband and a delightful black cat who has never forgotten that her species used to be worshipped in ancient Egypt. She sees no reason why that practice should not continue.

Our home is in a rambling building dating back to the mid 18th century, haunted by a friendly ghost, who announces her presence by footsteps, switching lights on and strange phenomena involving the washing machine and the TV.

When not slaving over a hot computer, I enjoy wandering around Neolithic stone circles and visiting old haunted houses.

Find out more about Catherine’s upcoming projects at her website: https://www.catherinecavendish.com/p/about-me.html

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