Wednesday 8 November 2023

The Witches of Bone Hill by Ava Morgyn (2023)


Cordelia Bone's meticulously crafted life and career in Dallas are crashing down around her thanks to a philandering husband with criminal debts.

When her older, carefree sister, Eustace—a cannabis grower in Boulder, calls to inform her the great aunt they never met has died and they must travel to a small town in Connecticut to deal with the estate, she sees an opportunity to unload the house and save herself.

But once there, the sisters learn they are getting much more than they bargained for. The Victorian mansion they stand to inherit is bound in a dynasty trust controlled by their late aunt's aging attorney who insists they inhabit the house and retain it but keeps them in the dark about the peculiar rituals of their ancestors. Not to mention a sexy, tattooed groundskeeper with a shrouded past who refuses to leave the carriage house and a crypt full of dead relatives looming at the property line.

As both women grapple with their current predicament, they come face to face with a haunting family secret, the truth of what happened to their mother, and the enemy that's been stalking them from the shadows for generations. In a twisting torrent of terror and blood, the sisters must uncover the power within them to heal their fractured relationship, reverse their mysteriously declining health, and claim the lineage they wanted to escape but now must embrace if they are to survive at Bone Hill.

      #Fantasy #Witches #Romance #Paranormal #Fiction #Horror #Halloween #Adult #Magic
      From the moment Cordelia and Eustace enter the grounds of Bone Hill things start to get very interesting and tense. The house seems to have a life of its own. It has a creepy atmosphere with its decor of antiques and macabre curiosities. The people who work for the family are also a little odd or different and everyone seems to be keeping secrets. Added to this is the fact that the townspeople hate the family and are not friendly to Cordelia and Eustace at all.
      The story is a bit of a slow burn as the two sisters struggle to understand their heritage and what being a witch of Bone Hill means. They also must accept their suppressed paranormal abilities that come to life in their new surroundings.
      The final quarter of the book is very tense and exciting. There are a couple of scenes that are quite gruesome but it's very fitting to the overall feel of the book and goes a long way to creating a sense of menace and horror. I found myself glued to the book even more so at this point and I was on tenterhooks to see how the sisters would survive their ordeal.
      A great book for the Halloween season and as a palate cleanser for the rest of the year when switching up reading genres.

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