The Haunting of Henderson Close
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.

The Haunting of Henderson Close Details

TitleThe Haunting of Henderson Close
Author
ReleaseJan 10th, 2019
PublisherFlame Tree Press
ISBN-139781787581036
Rating
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Paranormal

The Haunting of Henderson Close Review

  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I freaking loved this story. I've been reading Cavendish reviews for years, but I really didn't believe them. Not that I distrust your average Joe or Josephine reviewers, just that at least half the reviews were from other authors. THOSE I mostly don't trust. You know how it goes, you rub my back, and I'll rub yours. Sorry, but that's how I feel. However, and this is a huge HOWEVER....I may have missed a good thing! Luckily, I can still find Ms. Cavendish's books. This book was a ®*^£*€¥¿~ winne I freaking loved this story. I've been reading Cavendish reviews for years, but I really didn't believe them. Not that I distrust your average Joe or Josephine reviewers, just that at least half the reviews were from other authors. THOSE I mostly don't trust. You know how it goes, you rub my back, and I'll rub yours. Sorry, but that's how I feel. However, and this is a huge HOWEVER....I may have missed a good thing! Luckily, I can still find Ms. Cavendish's books. This book was a ®*^£*€¥¿~ winner. First off, it's in Edinburgh. Second, time jumps. I adore time jumps. Third...Puleeze...Ghosts and the Closes. Give me a setting in Scotland, so long as it's not Glasgow, then I'm well and truly hooked. Make it a murder mystery with ghosts? Yep, ya' got me. Oh by the way, why Glasgow? Don't know. They have funny accents? ;-/
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Many tourists come to see Henderson Close in Edinburgh, Scotland. The tales of crime, murder and intrigue, plague victims trapped inside their homes to die, and other haunting aspects of the Close's history bring the curious in droves. Hannah comes to Edinburgh to start her life over. She's divorced and her daughter is grown and at college. She sees the tour guide position at the Close as a dream job. But ghostly specters, disappearances and menacing encounters with evil soon make Hannah realize Many tourists come to see Henderson Close in Edinburgh, Scotland. The tales of crime, murder and intrigue, plague victims trapped inside their homes to die, and other haunting aspects of the Close's history bring the curious in droves. Hannah comes to Edinburgh to start her life over. She's divorced and her daughter is grown and at college. She sees the tour guide position at the Close as a dream job. But ghostly specters, disappearances and menacing encounters with evil soon make Hannah realize the stories about the Close are more than folklore.This story sucked me in quickly....and I found myself reading until the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't put the book down! From a ghostly little girl with no face to the Auld De'il, the specters in this story are delightfully creepy and scary. I loved the setting. I have heard of Mary King's Close in Edinburgh, but didn't realize there were several similar sites in the city, all with their own scary tales. The story moves along quickly, with suspense from start to finish. I definitely would not want to be wandering around Henderson Close in the evening by myself! No thank you!Great spooky story! I love ghost stories. Any spooky tale that keeps me up until 3 am because I can't put it down deserves full stars from me! I loved this story!This is the first book by Catherine Cavendish that I've read. I'm definitely going to be reading more!**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Flame Tree Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Bark
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in for review from Flame Tree Press. I’m going to do my best this year to read as many new ladies of horror fiction as I can and I snapped this up as soon as I noticed it was available without even reading the blurbage. I love all kinds of horror but the creepy, slow atmospheric kind has been working for me lately and this story has all of that and a little bonus gore too!Way back in 1891 a do-gooder is brutally murdered in front of Henderson Close. Many moons later, the bui I received this book in for review from Flame Tree Press. I’m going to do my best this year to read as many new ladies of horror fiction as I can and I snapped this up as soon as I noticed it was available without even reading the blurbage. I love all kinds of horror but the creepy, slow atmospheric kind has been working for me lately and this story has all of that and a little bonus gore too!Way back in 1891 a do-gooder is brutally murdered in front of Henderson Close. Many moons later, the building is now a tourist trap where tours are given and it’s reputed to be haunted. When Hannah arrives as a new tour guide, the ghosts all seem to come out of hiding and it’s on her to figure out what the heck is truly going on. Is she losing her mind? Is she in danger? Why is she experiencing time jumps where she’s certain she’s been thrust back in time to 1891? What is going on and why won’t her bitchy employer believe her? Why am I asking so many annoying questions?! Hell if I know, these reviews write themselves.Anyhow, this book has incredibly well written atmosphere. 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 and the reader, as well as Hannah and a few friends, are left in the dark to figure out what the heck is going on. When the reveals are made in the last quarter, I have to admit that I was a wee bit confused by it all because there was too much going on and too many characters involved and it made my head hurt a little. Still, what I understood was pretty satisfying . . .But up until that point, I was digging the story. There may (or may not) be ghosts, demons and gargoyles and there was even a surprise moment of serial killing gore. Call me crazy but I wouldn’t have minded a little more of that sort of thing!3 1/2 Stars
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    There’s always been sporadic supernatural activity during the tours of Henderson Close. Occasionally visitors have experienced cold spots or seen shadowy figures, but when Hannah begins her new job as a tour guide the mysterious phenomena escalates. Hannah and her fellow tour guides, Mairead and George, are soon caught up in a series of events that they can’t explain. If anyone ever needed help from the Ghostbusters it’s this trio.Oftentimes I’ll pick up a book that promises spectral encounters There’s always been sporadic supernatural activity during the tours of Henderson Close. Occasionally visitors have experienced cold spots or seen shadowy figures, but when Hannah begins her new job as a tour guide the mysterious phenomena escalates. Hannah and her fellow tour guides, Mairead and George, are soon caught up in a series of events that they can’t explain. If anyone ever needed help from the Ghostbusters it’s this trio.Oftentimes I’ll pick up a book that promises spectral encounters and I’ll eagerly anticipate the promised ghost, only to be disappointed that they show up right at the end. This book does not have that problem. Ghosts really did show up again and again. While I wasn’t scared I did look forward to each time something ‘spooky’ happened, including time slips and a little girl who would probably be really cute, if only she had a face.I loved the way that historical Edinburgh came alive for me. As scenes in the 19th century were explained I could see them unfold around me, right down to the stench of the Old Town streets. I wanted to solve the mystery of who murdered Miss Carmichael and learn more about the girl with no face. While I enjoyed finding out about the lives of the people who once lived in Henderson Close and its surrounds, I didn’t become emotionally attached to any of the characters, past or present. No matter what happened to the characters I felt like I was a passive observer, which appeared to diminish the impact of the horror they were experiencing. I appreciated the onslaught on supernatural activity but wonder if I would have cared more about what happened to our trio if more time was spent fleshing out their personalities.I’m still not entirely clear about the sequence of events surrounding Mairead’s life and felt that the connections the characters had to Henderson Close were a bit flimsy overall. The ending seemed rushed and I’m left with unanswered questions. I would have preferred for a couple of Hannah’s family background scenes to have been deleted, especially the letter Hannah received from her ex (which I didn’t think added anything to the story). Instead I wish there’d been additional explanations as to why the story ended the way it did.Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for the opportunity to read this book. I’d be interested in reading more books by this author. I am rounding up from 3.5 stars.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐ rounded up to 4⭐ because it was enjoyableThis 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 Carro 3.5⭐ rounded up to 4⭐ because it was enjoyableThis 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 & 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.
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  • Eddie Generous
    January 1, 1970
    Listen to my interview with the author: https://www.unnervingmagazine.com/sin...The Haunting of Henderson Close is smooth-going ride in and out of the past where the atmosphere is ghastly and the ghosts are sinister. Exactly what you think when you think modern gothic horror, and tag on a huge impact ending to keep the bones rattling.
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  • Glenn Rolfe
    January 1, 1970
    Another great ghost tale from Catherine Cavendish. The end of the book was awesome! I couldn't put it down. Come to Henderson Close and find out what haunts these old streets!Highly recommended for anyone that loves a good ghost story!
  • Bob Milne
    January 1, 1970
    Ghost stories are one of the oldest - and most powerful - forms of storytelling. No matter how much of an unbeliever you might be in the daylight, a well-told tale under the darkness of a stormy night can unsettle anyone. I spent two seasons telling ghost stories for a living, and I watched entire audiences jump at the simple, well-timed stomp of a boot in a darkened gazebo on the edge of the lake.And that, boys and ghouls, is where The Haunting of Henderson Close begins - a few steps below grou Ghost stories are one of the oldest - and most powerful - forms of storytelling. No matter how much of an unbeliever you might be in the daylight, a well-told tale under the darkness of a stormy night can unsettle anyone. I spent two seasons telling ghost stories for a living, and I watched entire audiences jump at the simple, well-timed stomp of a boot in a darkened gazebo on the edge of the lake.And that, boys and ghouls, is where The Haunting of Henderson Close begins - a few steps below ground, in the haunted ruins of a street in Edinburgh, with a group of costumed tour guides. It begins simply, with strange noises, odd smells, and figures glimpsed out of the corner of an eye. Catherine Cavendish creates so much atmosphere here, it's almost a shame when the story takes a left-turn into weird time-slips, but the way the story continues to build on that is extraordinary.There are multiple stories interwoven here, past, present, and in between. Where the story clutched me in its cold, dead talons was with the disappearance of one of the guides, the discovery that her home has been abandoned for years, and the revelation that her mother is long-since dead. Where those talons began to squeeze tight, drawing hot, red blood, was with the dismantling of a wall deep within the Close and the uncovering of a spoiled, broken, faded pentagram on the other side.The Haunting of Henderson Close is more than just a ghost story, it is the story of a battle against an ancient, implacable evil. There are monsters here, and they are never far from the immediacy of the moment. What makes all that come alive, however, is the depth of the characters and the strength of the bonds between them that build alongside the story. There was a swath of story where I questioned the direction, where I might have given up on another author, but I've read enough of Cavendish's work to trust in her instincts . . . and it more than pays off, with a shockingly powerful climax.https://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.com/...
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  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    January 1, 1970
    I love Edinburgh and I love ghost/horror stories so this was, for me, a brilliant read. The story flips between Hannah and her colleagues in present day, Miss Carmichael in 1881 but we also have some time slip as the modern day characters flip back in time to uncover the mysteries of Henderson Close. I enjoyed all the characters, loved the twists as the book neared the end and found it to be a real page turner. There is so much atmosphere, it was very easy to put yourself into any of the time zo I love Edinburgh and I love ghost/horror stories so this was, for me, a brilliant read. The story flips between Hannah and her colleagues in present day, Miss Carmichael in 1881 but we also have some time slip as the modern day characters flip back in time to uncover the mysteries of Henderson Close. I enjoyed all the characters, loved the twists as the book neared the end and found it to be a real page turner. There is so much atmosphere, it was very easy to put yourself into any of the time zones. Everything was so easy to picture and I really felt part of the story.Now I want to go back and do the scary walks I never got to do before and see some Edinburgh ghosts for myself! It's my first book by both Flame Tree Press and Cavendish but it definitely won't be the last for either.
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  • Luupi
    January 1, 1970
    Agh how I was needing to read a horror story! And The Haunting of Henderson Close was just what I wanted right now.This book has Hannah as its main character, this amazing woman that is trying to find her place in the world after her daughter goes away to work and she goes through a divorce, that's how she finds herself working as a tour guide on Henderson Close. I loved her and her personality, she was funny, smart and above all, adorable as a friend. I think I'd be able to read about her for q Agh how I was needing to read a horror story! And The Haunting of Henderson Close was just what I wanted right now.This book has Hannah as its main character, this amazing woman that is trying to find her place in the world after her daughter goes away to work and she goes through a divorce, that's how she finds herself working as a tour guide on Henderson Close. I loved her and her personality, she was funny, smart and above all, adorable as a friend. I think I'd be able to read about her for quite a while without getting bored or tired.Then we have other interesting characters that I got to connect immediately with and I was so thrilled to find out about their unique stories. Of course, we didn't get to know them deeply because that was part of the mystery but I did truly enjoyed the facts that we got to know. The only one I didn't care about at all was the male friend in the group (I've already forgotten his name, that's a clear sign of how much attention I paid him), he was really plain and I didn't know why he was there on the first place. For me, he had nothing in common with my girls.However, the most enjoyable thing about this book is its creepiness. From the start, this book gave me the chills and I actually jumped a couple of times when someone around me made a loud noise while I was reading 😂. The downside though, was that it got less and less scary as the story went on in my opinion, it was hard to picture the things described as something dark.A super interesting thing I found unique on this story was that it used a lot of Scottish slang because it's set there and even though I had to look up quite a few words on the dictionary, I loved doing it and it made the story feel much more real. I could imagine it was me there in Scottland talking to all these different people and I loved it.Regarding the ending, I didn't like who was to blame. I felt like it didn't make a lot of sense and it came out of nowhere which was a bit dissapointing.To sum up, The Haunting of Henderson Close has amazing characters, it makes you feel like you're inside it and it has some really creepy scenes. However, if you're looking for a truly scary book, saddly I wouldn't recommend the second half of this one which was a huge let down for me since that was what I was looking for.
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  • Alex findingmontauk1
    January 1, 1970
    This book originally had my attention due to its stunning cover and setting that takes place in Edinburgh. OH! AND it's a haunting! Who doesn't love those? The premise of the haunting surrounding a main character who is a "ghostly" tour guide also made this an easy choice for me. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking about all the haunted ghost tours I have been on and whatnot.Cavendish did a great job at freaking me out - at least three times when I was in bed late at night I chose to st This book originally had my attention due to its stunning cover and setting that takes place in Edinburgh. OH! AND it's a haunting! Who doesn't love those? The premise of the haunting surrounding a main character who is a "ghostly" tour guide also made this an easy choice for me. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking about all the haunted ghost tours I have been on and whatnot.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!While I continued to read I just knew this was going to end up a 5- star book for me. But then I came across the last 20 pages or so. I am not sure what happened. Maybe I had a mental brain freeze. But the story just got extremely complex and twisty out of nowhere to me and it left me scratching my head. I had to reach out to two other friends who also finished to clarify what happened but they were in the same boat as me. It was almost as if out of nowhere all these different plots started coming together in a rushed way and I just couldn't totally get it.While the last couple chapters were not up to par with the rest of the book for me, I still thoroughly enjoyed The Haunting of Henderson Close. I did enjoy the MAIN ending (even if I did not fully grasp some of the other plotline endings...) I would recommend this and am still giving it 3.5 stars. Thank you to Flame Tree Press for sending me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars!Review pending!
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Nice to see a couple of ladies of horror fiction on the Flame Tree Press list for spring. There are so many great women penning horror novels, and I'd like to see a bit more even representation, especially from presses that only publish genre fiction.This one immediately caught my eye as it is set in Edinburgh, a city that is close to my heart since I studied abroad there. I'd love to go back to Scotland. One of my favorite things I did in the city was a tour of the Mary King's Close. How crazy Nice to see a couple of ladies of horror fiction on the Flame Tree Press list for spring. There are so many great women penning horror novels, and I'd like to see a bit more even representation, especially from presses that only publish genre fiction.This one immediately caught my eye as it is set in Edinburgh, a city that is close to my heart since I studied abroad there. I'd love to go back to Scotland. One of my favorite things I did in the city was a tour of the Mary King's Close. How crazy is it to think that while you're walking the streets of Edinburgh, there is a whole city beneath it, the city of many centuries ago, that they just bricked up and built over? To get to go down and see a bit of that history, hear the stories, and (fingers crossed!) see a ghost is just everything.This story centers around Hannah, a new tour guide at the Henderson Close. But strange and spooky things begin happening to her and her coworkers and there's no other way to explain them: they are being haunted.I really loved the beginning of the book: there is a great historical element with a short prologue that sets up one of the main stories that they talk about on their tours, and the description of the tour and the ghost stories really delivered me to the setting.Once the book gets about halfway, I started feeling overwhelmed with how many different elements were at play. There are multiple different ghosts with different agendas, there is some time travel weirdness that I didn't feel was fully explained (and played by different rules for different characters), there's a demon creature, many different perspectives telling the story, and multiple time periods, settings, and character arcs. It all began to feel a bit jumbled and just too much.There is one chapter featuring a little boy and the girl ghost so far out of time and place with the rest of the book I completely forgot it until it slotted into place toward the end of the book, and it just felt so obvious that the chapter had been written specifically to create that moment. It just felt so manufactured and out of place. There was just so much going on that I felt the narrative could have been parred down into something more streamlined.Overall though, it was a fairly interesting ghost story, and I did like the way it all wrapped up. I'm always on the lookout for good haunted tales! My thanks to Flame Tree Press for sending an advance copy of this one to read and review.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    Over 100 years ago a brutal murder took the life of Miss Carmichael as she made her way through Henderson Close in an attempt to do a good deed for one of the many residents living in squalor and poverty. Now it's a tourist attraction where people pay to walk through the eerie abandoned neighborhood and hear the dark history and morbid tales of a bygone time.When Hannah arrives, recently divorced from her cheating husband and looking for a fresh start she is excited to begin her job as a tour gu Over 100 years ago a brutal murder took the life of Miss Carmichael as she made her way through Henderson Close in an attempt to do a good deed for one of the many residents living in squalor and poverty. Now it's a tourist attraction where people pay to walk through the eerie abandoned neighborhood and hear the dark history and morbid tales of a bygone time.When Hannah arrives, recently divorced from her cheating husband and looking for a fresh start she is excited to begin her job as a tour guide. That excitement soon turns to anxiety and fear when ghostly figures from the past and evil creatures make themselves known. I would recommend it not just to those who enjoy ghost stories but gothic hauntings and historical fiction as well.I received an advance copy for review.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Flame Tree Press & Netgalley for providing me with a copy of The Haunting of Henderson Close in exchange for an honest review.Edinburgh? CHECK. Time travel? CHECK. Seances & Ouija boards? CHECK. Creepy little girl who’s missing a face & carries around a ragged doll? CHECK. CHECK. CHECK.This paranormal experience takes us to Edinburgh & into the lives of the tour guides at Henderson Close. What started off as a dream job for Hannah, soon becomes a nightmare for her &a Thank you to Flame Tree Press & Netgalley for providing me with a copy of The Haunting of Henderson Close in exchange for an honest review.Edinburgh? CHECK. Time travel? CHECK. Seances & Ouija boards? CHECK. Creepy little girl who’s missing a face & carries around a ragged doll? CHECK. CHECK. CHECK.This paranormal experience takes us to Edinburgh & into the lives of the tour guides at Henderson Close. What started off as a dream job for Hannah, soon becomes a nightmare for her & her two colleagues, Mairead & George. Soon after starting her employment, Hannah finds herself face-to-face with spirits, residents of the past, and demons, oh my!There are so many times in The Haunting of Henderson Close, that I had to pause and ask myself — what the actual heck is going on here?! The story jumps from 2018 to 1881 multiple times, in flashbacks & actual time slips. Characters from the present find themselves meeting members of the town from generations before; characters’ memories are completely wiped from their mind & it’s honestly just a hot mess, but not in a bad-reading-experience way? Oh no. I had a lot of fun reading The Haunting of Henderson Close.The time slips really did sew themselves in seamlessly & it was very important, in terms of building the stories and piecing everything together. & although, I did not find myself attached to any of the characters, I did find myself rooting them all on in their mission & escape the evil, especially Hannah. For me, being able to cheer on the character is really important, otherwise there is no actual point in reading the story.The entirety of The Haunting of Henderson Close reads as a ghost story. No shit, huh? What I mean though is, THERE’S NO FILLER — AGAIN, HASHTAG BLESSED. This entire book has the heebies & the jeebies. No extra, pointless content at all.There’s also a scene in The Haunting of Henderson Close, that I imagined while reading & it actually scared me. This, my friends, doesn’t happen often. Oh! & there’s also this one disturbing murder scene that was extremely gruesome & I’m still Shook.
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  • Cats of Ulthar
    January 1, 1970
    Release date 10 Jan. 2019Catherine Cavendish is noted for her ability to delineate characters and pull readers into their lives, making us feel with them. That's very true in her newest novel, THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE. Set in Edinburgh's underground, and in that area when it was still a teeming, if not thriving, metropolis, crammed with human populace, rats, and offal (and crime). Ms. Cavendish skillfully weave time-slips, ghosts, and implacable evil into the equation. In 2018 contemporar Release date 10 Jan. 2019Catherine Cavendish is noted for her ability to delineate characters and pull readers into their lives, making us feel with them. That's very true in her newest novel, THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE. Set in Edinburgh's underground, and in that area when it was still a teeming, if not thriving, metropolis, crammed with human populace, rats, and offal (and crime). Ms. Cavendish skillfully weave time-slips, ghosts, and implacable evil into the equation. In 2018 contemporary Edinburgh, Hannah, George, and Mairead are ghost tour docents, leading tours of the underground former community. Imprisoned not far from Henderson Close is an ancient evil, which reconstruction releases. The trio will discover that the evil is much closer than they had any reason to believe, as they are tasked by a ghost to solve the 1891 murder of a kind-hearted, generous, upper-class lady from the New Town, who daily toiled in the slums to bring temporary relief of kindness, clothes, and food, to the abjectly poor.
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  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    January 1, 1970
    "It's worse than creepy in here. Let's find what we need and get out." What a fantastically atmospheric ghost story! I was really excited when the publisher offered me this eARC for my honest review because I love tales of the supernatural even though I am a total skeptic about it. Interestingly enough, my one unexplained ghost experience happened on a ghost tour in the Underground Vaults in Edinburgh, so I was extra excited for this one! While the character's backstories and initial conversa "It's worse than creepy in here. Let's find what we need and get out." What a fantastically atmospheric ghost story! I was really excited when the publisher offered me this eARC for my honest review because I love tales of the supernatural even though I am a total skeptic about it. Interestingly enough, my one unexplained ghost experience happened on a ghost tour in the Underground Vaults in Edinburgh, so I was extra excited for this one! While the character's backstories and initial conversations felt disjointed at first, the story definitely shines with building tension and crafting a truly spooky read.For those of you that have never walked the streets and closes of Edinburgh, they definitely have a haunting atmosphere to them. Our main character is Hannah, a recent divorcee that's relocated from England to Edinburgh to as an actor and guide for haunted walking tours of Henderson Close. While Henderson Close itself is fictitious, there are countless walking tours where the guides dress up as people from the past to lead the tours and discuss ghost sightings around the city (I've been on one!). Close is a Scots term for an alleyway. Wikipedia The way that the book and story is written is as if the reader has knowledge of Edinburgh, Old and New Town, and the closes. While Cavendish does a good job of setting the historical scene of the squalor living conditions of those living in the tenements of the closes (so close together that you could shake hands with the person across the way), there was definitely a missed opportunity to explaining the Scots terminology to the reader. Since our main character Hannah is an outsider (a Sassenach), I feel like there was a missed opportunity for bringing the reader into the narrative more. While I personally have traveled in Edinburgh and am familiar with the terminology used, I think that some readers may be confused and it would have been easy for the main character to be like "oh a kirkyard is a graveyard".Reading the book made me smile a lot as it really does capture the feeling of being on a Haunted Edinburgh walking tour, learning the history of Auld Reekie (a nickname for Old Town from the renowned stench due to human waste being thrown out windows into the streets... 'gardyloo!'). The atmosphere and tension builds as the supernatural events escalate, really adding to the terror for our characters. "The old legend that Farquhars Close was some sort of gateway to hell. It was one of the first Closes to go and was sealed up very quickly." While I absolutely adored the plot, I did struggle a bit with the characters. In the beginning the dialog seems... off. I can't really put my finger on it but it doesn't feel authentic when Hannah's talking about her past with her new coworkers. In terms of the plot and supernatural happenings, the dialog is spot on, but in terms of character development it felt a little jilted to me. The exposition about Hannah's past felt a little repetitive and inconsequential to me; I was far more interested in the supernatural mystery than her past. I can say that while I struggled at first with the dialog and character exposition, I did eventually settle into the narrative and everything does have a point in the end. The supernatural occurrences in Henderson's Close escalate as the plot progresses, getting more and more creepy. Something evil walks the Close, but only some people experience it. I do feel like there were some loose ends that could have been explained a bit better, but with ghost stories we don't get all the answers so it's unrealistic for me to expect everything to be spelled out at the end. I had some theories about connections that I would have like to see debunked though! Overall, I really enjoyed this plot-driven and spooky book and highly recommend it to fans of horror and ghost stories! I don't often find myself scared while reading horror but this one definitely spooked me on more than one occasion, and while the character development was a little lacking, the strong plot more than makes up for it! REPRESENTATION: NoneCONTENT WARNINGS: murder, violence, violence against womenMany thanks to Flame Tree Press for sending me an advanced reader copy of this book at no charge via NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication. Blog | Twitter | Pinterest!
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  • Suzy Michael
    January 1, 1970
    *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.*This is my first novel by Miss Cavendish, so I had no clue what to expect. The synopsis explains this as a ghost story and like many other ghostly novels, it promises scares which usually fall flat for me. This is a definite and pleasant exception! The Haunting of Henderson Close delivers more than it's fair share of scares in a unique, dark area in a city that holds plenty of macabre atmosphere.The sto *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.*This is my first novel by Miss Cavendish, so I had no clue what to expect. The synopsis explains this as a ghost story and like many other ghostly novels, it promises scares which usually fall flat for me. This is a definite and pleasant exception! The Haunting of Henderson Close delivers more than it's fair share of scares in a unique, dark area in a city that holds plenty of macabre atmosphere.The story takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, along one of many closes throughout the city. With a spooky history, Henderson Close hosts haunted tours lead by Hannah and her colleagues. Hannah, new to the job, begins seeing figures out of the corner of her eye. Then full on spectres. Soon the other guides are seeing what Hannah is seeing, and worse, the tourists. Why is the activity amping up all of a sudden? Who is the girl with no face? These questions could be answered when Hannah and her friends are thrust into a century old unsolved murder case, and come face to face with an unspeakable evil that's been unleashed by recent renovations. The tour guides need to solve the murder, before they are Henderson Closes next victims.I absolutely loved this novel! Finally a ghost story that is actually creepy!! This was a breath of fresh air. The story switches between the present and 1891 Old Town Edinburgh. Usually when stories jump back and forth between timelines, it can leave the reader confused. I never once felt that way. The author seamlessly weaves the story through the past and present. These flashbacks, I felt, helped build the mystery around the close. The author also effectively brought an 1891 Edinburgh to life. The locations and characters were very well described. To the point where I could smell the stench, feel the closeness of the buildings, hear the hustle and bustle of horse drawn buggies rolling along the cobblestone streets. The world building was some of the best I've ever read, and I truly felt I was back in 1891 Old Town.I was immediately pulled into the story and the pace was steady from start to finish with plenty of suspense and tension throughout. The story had a few twists and turns, enough to keep the reader on their toes.Hannah- the main character, was very well written, with a fleshed out backstory. I wish I could say the same for the other characters. They are fairly well described- all with their own distinct personalities. I wish some of their backstories were explored a bit more.Catherine Cavendish takes the reader on a spine chilling journey through the past, witnessing a murder, and into the present, observing the story unfold into a horrifying tale, with the past and present coming closer to connecting. Will that connection bring the closure our group is desperately seeking for the Old Town murder, or fuel the frightening malevolence that could threaten to silence our heroes and all of Henderson Close forever? Ominous, mysterious, and immensely satisfying, The Haunting of Henderson Close is a well written horror story, told with an elegant voice.
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  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to start 2019 with a Flame Tree Press ARC. It also happens to be the first ladies of horror title I've read from this very cool publisher.As soon as I started, I was hooked by this intriguing story.Hannah has recently moved into a cosy apartment in Edinburgh. She's ready to start a new life and has managed to get herself a very curious job as a tour guide. In the confines of this underground tourist spot, she dresses up and shares some of the freaky, murderous stories associated with H I decided to start 2019 with a Flame Tree Press ARC. It also happens to be the first ladies of horror title I've read from this very cool publisher.As soon as I started, I was hooked by this intriguing story.Hannah has recently moved into a cosy apartment in Edinburgh. She's ready to start a new life and has managed to get herself a very curious job as a tour guide. In the confines of this underground tourist spot, she dresses up and shares some of the freaky, murderous stories associated with Henderson Close.But seeing shadows, new construction, dealing with a disappearing workmate and trying not to get on her boss's bad side aren't the only issues Hannah needs to deal with. There's also the case of timeslips, ghosts and an evil presence.At least she's made a good friend in George. And together, they might be able to solve the mystery of what's going on...This was such a great book to start the year with! I love ghost stories of every kind, and this one was right up my alley. One of the best things about this story is how well the sense of location is portrayed. The vivid descriptions made me feel like I was right there. Not just in the modern day long-abandoned underground tourist attraction, but also in the actual filthy overpopulated streets.The mystery of the woman who was trying to help the needy and instead met her violent demise intrigued me so much I didn't want to put the book down. But I did, because at the same time, I wanted to consume every word at a good pace.Another great thing was the characters. Hannah is a hardworking woman looking for a new life and is unaware of the darkness shadowing her. Mairead is a young woman with a strange case of amnesia and a mystery of her own. George is a kind man who likes a drink or two after a hard day at work, and gets as swept up in the evil mess as his co-workers. I really enjoyed their shared scenes, and how their lives were intertwined.There's a lot of stuff going on in this story, so many layers that tie together in some very clever ways extending through time. I thought the different POVs added to the overall narrative as well as the bits told in the past, slowly revealing the puzzle pieces. But not giving everything away until the right moment.The Haunting of Henderson Close is an atmospheric and spooky ghost story with a great dose of history. It's also deliciously twisted, violent and dragged me through the claustrophic streets of historical Edinburgh until the unexpected conclusion. I really didn't expect things to turn out that way! Oh, and I love the cover. Not only is it really nice, but totally captures the feel of the story.This also happens to be the first Catherine Cavendish book I've read, but I'm pretty sure it won't be my last.
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  • Lesley Hillman
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I was going to adore this book before I read it, I just had that feeling. I was right. This was my first time reading Catherine Cavendish and not my last. This book hit all the right notes for me. I have so many happy memories of Edinburgh, including Old Town, Royal Mile, and of course, the infamous ghost walks through the old closes of the city. Hannah has started her new job as a tour guide at one of Edinburgh’s famous closes. Henderson Close. She has left her old life, and moved up to I knew I was going to adore this book before I read it, I just had that feeling. I was right. This was my first time reading Catherine Cavendish and not my last. This book hit all the right notes for me. I have so many happy memories of Edinburgh, including Old Town, Royal Mile, and of course, the infamous ghost walks through the old closes of the city. Hannah has started her new job as a tour guide at one of Edinburgh’s famous closes. Henderson Close. She has left her old life, and moved up to Edinburgh for a fresh start. This is her ideal job, she loves drama and acting, and this is just perfect for her. The idea of these ghost tours is to gently scare the customers, while also giving them a peek into the dark history of Edinburgh’s Old Town. What Hannah didn’t expect of course, was to come face to face with actual ghosts, and an evil that has been following her for her entire life. Catherine Cavendish does an amazing job within this book of giving you the feeling of being there, in Edinburgh’s Old Town, surrounded by the stench, the claustrophobic closeness of the buildings, the noise and the nervous uncertainty. She takes us on a journey though time, and into the midst of a murder mystery. Just who was Miss Carmichael’s killer?This is what Hannah, George and Mairead must find out. A once sealed evil has now been released into their world. Their only way to stop it, find the killer, the one who got away, before it’s too late.Everything about this book spoke to me. The characters are very real, with their distinct personalities shining through the pages, giving them life. The setting, the atmosphere of Edinburgh past and present is tangible. You can almost smell the manure, the human waste. You can hear the whinnying or the horses, the clatter of people. She brings Henderson Close to life. Having been on a couple of the walking ghost tours while in Edinburgh last year, this was like going on a third. It was exactly like I was there again, gripping onto Andy as we stumbled through the closes, being treated to jump scares from our tour guides and nervously wondering if a ghost was actually there, watching me. I love how real it felt, Hannah and her co workers getting into character. Taking on the roles of people from the past, engaging the customers and taking them on a fun history tour with a few good scares thrown in for good measure. The mix in the story between the late 1800’s and the present day was perfect. There was no confusion, I never once felt like I was getting lost with the story. The pace and flow are spot on. I particularly enjoyed the time-slips, Hannah and Mairead appearing to slip back into Henderson Close’s past. It was very exciting to read and the ending, my god, the ending was unexpected. I loved it. If you have read Catherine Cavendish before, then I need say no more, you are of course going to be reading this book. If you have not, like me, then all I can say is that you are missing out greatly. This is a wonderful story, beautifully written, with real characters and a perfect setting. Plenty of scares and creepiness included. This is definitely going in my re-read pile. I loved it.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I read such a creepy tale and, after I finished it, I wondered why this genre has all but fallen off my radar as I had a great time reading this book.Hannah has relocated to Edinburgh and now works as a performing tour guide regaling tourists with the goings on in the spooky derelict Henderson Close. Together with colleagues they bring the past to life as they play the parts of real people who lived there and spin tales of the spooky and historical past, some really grues It's been a while since I read such a creepy tale and, after I finished it, I wondered why this genre has all but fallen off my radar as I had a great time reading this book.Hannah has relocated to Edinburgh and now works as a performing tour guide regaling tourists with the goings on in the spooky derelict Henderson Close. Together with colleagues they bring the past to life as they play the parts of real people who lived there and spin tales of the spooky and historical past, some really gruesome. But then she starts to see shadows, she has flashes where she feels weird and, well, has some really rather scary experiences. But she's not alone, one of the other guides has experienced similar and then some of the tourists also start to see things. What is happening? Are the legends and stories of what went before coming back? Who are the people that Hannah keeps seeing, and what do they really want?Oooo, this was a cracking story of ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. We also flash back in time when Henderson Close was a real place, we meet the people who lived there learn about who they were and what they did. More than that, I can't say for fear of spoiling things but, suffice to say, the past was very much brought to life for me - the descriptions of the places, the smells, the claustrophobic atmosphere, and the fear felt by many. Back in the present, some of these things are also creeping in so we get the connection between past and present and how they start to connect.The characters were all well described, some easier to connect to than others, some a little less clear but the reasons behind that did become evident as the book moved on. There were a few things about some that appeared a bit contrived but these are forgiven as they were used to progress the story rather than just poor characterisation.The story itself intrigued me, the setting especially, I live in an old city also steeped in history and was well able to draw on that and see the action playing out in front of me. Something I don't often do so that was quite pleasant and brought me closer to what was going on. All in all, a story that kept my attention nicely throughout and left me mostly satisfied at its conclusion. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Steven Reyes
    January 1, 1970
    The Haunting of Henderson Close is about a haunted tourist attraction – Henderson Close – which is the site of the murder of Miss Carmichael. When renovations begin, ghostly occurrences being to heighten in activity. Soon, Hannah, our main character, must discover who it was exactly who murdered Miss Carmichael. But something sinister and evil lurks in the shadows of Henderson Close.This is my first time reading a book by Catherine Cavendish and I’m glad I’ve done so. Cavendish writes with a mys The Haunting of Henderson Close is about a haunted tourist attraction – Henderson Close – which is the site of the murder of Miss Carmichael. When renovations begin, ghostly occurrences being to heighten in activity. Soon, Hannah, our main character, must discover who it was exactly who murdered Miss Carmichael. But something sinister and evil lurks in the shadows of Henderson Close.This is my first time reading a book by Catherine Cavendish and I’m glad I’ve done so. Cavendish writes with a mysterious, ominous, elegant voice which easily transcends into the surprising and dreadful elements of the occult and paranormal.The Haunting of Henderson Close is a fantastic ghost story with some gore pop-ups and haunting scares. The story takes many twists and turns, leaving predictability obscure.The only problem I had with the story was that everything seemed to be rushed toward the end. I felt that there was so much going on throughout the story that it lead to a premature climax that just tried to solve it all at once or one after the other, abruptly.Nevertheless, The Haunting of Henderson Close is a great paranormal read full of time jumps, ghosts, evil entities, and even some squeamish gore. Give it a read now!
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC. After Hannah loses her job—and her husband of 25 years— she decides its time for a change. So she packs up her bags, moves to Edinburgh, and becomes an historical reanactor/tour guide for Henderson Close. What she finds is that her job also require encounters with evil entities, gaps of time, and a little girl with a doll. In Catherine Cavendish’s latest novel, we learn that Henderson Close is the site of the 1891 murder of the philanthropic Miss Cavendish. It is her b I received this as an ARC. After Hannah loses her job—and her husband of 25 years— she decides its time for a change. So she packs up her bags, moves to Edinburgh, and becomes an historical reanactor/tour guide for Henderson Close. What she finds is that her job also require encounters with evil entities, gaps of time, and a little girl with a doll. In Catherine Cavendish’s latest novel, we learn that Henderson Close is the site of the 1891 murder of the philanthropic Miss Cavendish. It is her blood stain on the cobblestones which attracts many of the ghost-seeking tourists. Sometimes it is dry, but at other times...Who killed her? Is it her ghost that is causing the strange happenings at Henderson Close? Is she seeking help finding her killer? Or is it her killer’s ghost?This was an easy to follow, atmospheric horror novel, with elements of the supernatural. Bad things happen in the darkness and shadows of the Close. Yet Hannah keeps peeking into its corners. It is her need to find out what’s going on that propels the characters—both living and dead—into action. An unnecessary detour into the gory details of a couple of 1891 murders are the only cringeworthy events in this book. It really could have been left out. Otherwise, this was a fun read.
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  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    A very creepy read that really scared me, The Haunting of Henderson Close tells the story of Hannah and the other performers who act as tour guides at an old historical site where horrific things happened. According to Google, there are many closes in Edinburgh, even if Henderson's seems to be fictitious. No matter, the author describes it so well that you can picture every stinking corner. Hannah is new, so we get to learn its history along with her. Some of her coworkers may also be experienci A very creepy read that really scared me, The Haunting of Henderson Close tells the story of Hannah and the other performers who act as tour guides at an old historical site where horrific things happened. According to Google, there are many closes in Edinburgh, even if Henderson's seems to be fictitious. No matter, the author describes it so well that you can picture every stinking corner. Hannah is new, so we get to learn its history along with her. Some of her coworkers may also be experiencing the same paranormal phenomena that haunts Hannah but, at first, it seems to be only her. The experiences keep changing and getting worse until it's almost unbearable. There are smaller mysteries, but there are huge ones too. My only gripe is that at times the story seems a little disorganized. It starts jumping back in time to when the close was inhabited, but in the second half of the book, when you are mostly concerned with the tour guides and introducing other characters, as interesting as it is, distracted my attention. This is just a small issue with my personal preferences but, other than that, I liked everything about this novel. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/Flame Tree Press!
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  • Aleana Harris
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good creepy ghost story.Hannah had just got her dream job as a tour guide at a historical sites where things aren't as they seem. I like that right along with her we learn the history of Henderson's.When her and her co-workers starts experience ghostly presence and things start to unravel. Will Hannah figure out in time what really happens before it to late. ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful, ghostly, read.Henderson Close - 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 gir What a wonderful, ghostly, read.Henderson Close - 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.I was hooked from the first page to the last. Thanks so much Netgalley, Flame Tree Press and Catherine Cavendish for the opportunity to preview this book, particularly, as it's not one I'd normally have picked. That would have been my loss.The book threads past with present, but, in a way that makes absolute sense and is not in the least bit confusing.This creepy tale manages to maintain suspense throughout and the ending was still a surprise. The only bit I wasn't so keen on, was, in the early second half of the book when the story is being told from the 1880's and it gets very gruesome. I have to confess, I skipped a little of the detail - too much for me.The rest though, wonderful!
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  • Ken Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty good haunted "house" story. The characters are fun and well likable. The haunted area was interesting and a nice change. Gave me a chance to look up what these type of areas are like not being from Scotland they were a mystery. The ending 1/4 of the book wasn't the best as it seemed to meander a bit. But it was plenty good enough to keep the mystery going. Read this if you like traditional ghost stories but would like a different setting and some time travel.
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  • Cherei
    January 1, 1970
    The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish is the perfect ghost story! I didn't realize how popular ghost tours are in Scotland and the UK. The story follows recently divorced Hannah after twenty-five years of marriage. She is alone for the first time in her life and wants to do something different. Being a guide for the Edinburgh Henderson Close district for the tourists who want a "thrill" of encountering ghosts. Hannah soon finds herself enveloped in a scary mystery when she finds The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish is the perfect ghost story! I didn't realize how popular ghost tours are in Scotland and the UK. The story follows recently divorced Hannah after twenty-five years of marriage. She is alone for the first time in her life and wants to do something different. Being a guide for the Edinburgh Henderson Close district for the tourists who want a "thrill" of encountering ghosts. Hannah soon finds herself enveloped in a scary mystery when she finds herself seeing much more than "shadows" during her tour. Superbly told!
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I can't say that this book scared me but it was creepy and spine-chilling in places. I found it an entertaining read and I was quite blown away by the ending. I think it would be a very good read for young adults.
  • Laura Wellman
    January 1, 1970
    The synopsis of this book caught my attention right away. I absolutely love a good ghost story, though with that being said a good ghost story can be a hard thing to find. Fortunately for me, this book was everything I hoped it would be and more. This is my first Catherine Cavendish read and if The Haunting of Henderson Close is any indicator, she may well be one of my new favorite authors. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her work.The story itself flowed and kept me engaged the e The synopsis of this book caught my attention right away. I absolutely love a good ghost story, though with that being said a good ghost story can be a hard thing to find. Fortunately for me, this book was everything I hoped it would be and more. This is my first Catherine Cavendish read and if The Haunting of Henderson Close is any indicator, she may well be one of my new favorite authors. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her work.The story itself flowed and kept me engaged the entire time that I was reading to the point of me hating to put it down. The more the story went on and evolved, the more drawn in I became. There are times where the book will shift from the current narrative and take you back in time, which I know some people don't care for, but for me it only added to the story. It helped everything else make sense and gave you insight into the characters and happenings in the current time.Cavendish also did a marvelous job with setting the scene. I felt myself transported across the ocean to a country I've never been to but could imagine as if I were there. I was fully able to immerse and lose myself in the story and become invested in the outcome of its characters, as well as maybe get a little creeped out (enough to imagine shadows in my own room after putting my book down at night). Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Haunting of Henderson Close and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a friend or anyone looking for a ghost story to sink their teeth into.* Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review *
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