By Katherine Clements
Published byHeadline (8 February 2018)
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher
Maybe you've heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there's something up here, something evil.
Mercy Booth isn't afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father's study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching.
When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can't see it yet.
I chose to read The Coffin Path as I was looking for a break from all of my usual crime reads. I wanted something to frighten me and surprise me. What a perfect choice! I don't scare easily, but this book certainly left me with an underlying sense of unease and a temptation to check for monsters under the bed.
The Coffin Path is a gothic ghost story. It's compelling and chilling, with evocative descriptions that triggered tingles down my spine, goosebumps along my arms and a deep ache in the pit of my stomach. I felt like I was also up there on those bleak moors and at creepy Scarcross Hall, surrounded by darkness and shadowy figures.
The book's mix of claustrophobic setting, local superstitions and ghostly apparitions stimulated the dark side of my imagination, with an ending that chilled me to the bone. I admit that I guessed a twist in the tale, but this didn't dampen my enjoyment at all. Brilliant stuff, and I'm now searching for some more creepy ghost stories to read!