Upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, Lòn Haven, stands a lighthouse.
A lighthouse that 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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In this compelling tale, Cooke expertly weaves her narrative combining history, magic and mystery to tell the story of the Stay sisters Saffy, Luna and Clover and their mum Liv, who encounter numerous dangers when myths and suspicions collide on the beautiful Scottish Black Isle. The tale moves from the time of the infamous witch trials to the arrival of the family to the island in 1998 and then to the present day, when Luna is desperately searching for the truth behind events of October 1998. And during these three different times, the tale is old from three viewpoints of Liv (mother) in 1998, Luna (sister) in 2021, and from the entries in a grimoire from 1620. There are just enough echoes of gothic horror to keep the reader avidly turning the pages but Cooke ensures that the tale does not become overly macabre. I love history, magic and mystery and Cooke expertly weaves these elements into the rich tapestry that forms 'The Lighthouse Witches'.
I wasn't sure what to expect going in to reading The Lighthouse Witches, I often find historical fiction based around stories of witch trials difficult to read. This was the complete opposite, and I devoured this book within a day!. The story follows a few timelines on Lòn Haven, a remote Scottish island, including the lives of the women persecuted for witchcraft in the 17th century, and in 1998, the story of an artist who after being comissioned to paint a mural in the lighthouse, finds herself and her three daughters swept up in the local lore. This book has everything I love, the superstition, beautiful atmospheric writing and suspense. I adored this book and will absoloutely be reading more from the author in the future. Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins for the chance to read The Lighthouse Witches.
Right The Lighthouse Witches has made my top 10 favourite books EVER. It has everything you could want, a moody, atmospheric location, witchy elements, a touch of the supernatural and well written unreliable narrators. I had high expectations going into it based on the blurb but this book has surpassed my expectations a hundred times over. I read quite a lot of thrillers so it takes something good to keep me guessing, but I genuinely had no idea where this book was going until the end. And when all the threads pulled together they REALLY pulled together. Cooke has shown herself to be a master at keeping you hooked, I read this book in a matter of hours because I just couldn’t put it down. If you’re a fan of multiple POVs set in the past and present that start to weave together, you’ll love this. Other elements that I loved were the focus on mother-daughter relationships and the interwoven Scottish folklore, especially involving the fae and wildlings. I can’t express how much I loved this book and will be buying a hard copy when it’s out!
I adored this book, it was creepy, gothic and intense, it was well written had good and engaging characters and a triple timeline that I loved. I also loved the mythical elements. I would highly recommend this book
A tale of witches on a remote Scottish Island. Liv comes to the island to paint a mural, with her three daughters, Sapphy, Clover and Luna and she encounters a mystery. Her daughter is still investigating the island years later. But I will stop there before I spoil the book. This novel draws the reader in, until the said reader cannot put it down. Highly recommended.
• Arc received by the Publisher in exchange for a review however all thoughts and opinions are my own! • I truly can not explain to you all how much I loved this book!! It was one wild ride 😂 I went into the lighthouse witches completely blind, and was immediately swept away into the world CJ Cooke created. Told in three different timelines, every page you read will have you grasping for answers.I became so invested in these characters and all their equally fascinating stories. I couldn't put the book down without my mind swirling with a hundred different questions! The story follows single mother Liv, and her daughter's Sapphire, Clover and Luna after they move to the Scottish island of Lon Haven where Liv has been commissioned to paint a mural for the lighthouse on the island. It is here that two of her daughter's tragically go missing. The author does such a fantastic job of weaving together the stories of the past, present and future, without leaving the reader confused. The lighthouse witches was a perfect blend of fantasy , history and mythology. It was such an atmospheric read, that I almost convinced myself I was on the Scottish isle 😂 The characters have so much depth that I felt their presence long after I turned the last page of the book! C.J Cooke tells such an impactful story of the woman behind the witch trials, all while weaving in mythology, folklore and such important themes of family, feminism and how fear can be a driving force behind so much of humanities actions. ✨ The Lighthouse Witches is out October 5th !! ✨ Thank you to @harperfictionpr for the Arc and to the lovely @cjcooke_author for creating such a masterpiece!
A gothic story that mixes thriller, magic and history. An atmospheric and gripping novel that kept me turning pages as fast as I could. The story is told by 3 POV: present time, recent past and past. People disappear and someone suddenly reappears but, even if time passed, she's the same age. The setting is well described and loved the description of the isle. Excellent world building and character development, a growing tensione and creepiness that kept me on the edge. An engrossing and highly entertaining read. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
I loved this book, following Liv and her daughters. It jumps around a bit in time and with different narrators, which gives a full picture of events and emotions. A brilliant read that I thoroughly enjoyed
Upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, Lòn Haven, stands a lighthouse. A lighthouse that 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? This is one of those stories that I simply had to take my time with because I didn't want it to end. The story is told over three time periods but CJ Cooke has written it seamlessly, I found it really easy to follow and it really added to the mystery. I loved the way the characters are written with such depth, I really grew attached to Liv and the girls. This book is creepy, mysterious and to be honest a bit bonkers and I loved it!!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this book. I loved this book! I really liked the three different timelines. I found it so interesting. This book was creepy in the best way. I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book especially with the spooky season coming up!