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.
The Coffin Path is an eerie and compelling seventeenth-century ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of Michelle Paver and Sarah Waters, this gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone.
Ancient curses, family secrets, a remote moorland setting and a crumbling old house reached only by an ancient track called the coffin path.
The creation of atmosphere is what stands out the most from this book and it creates a sense of growing dread that keeps on building throughout. The book is filled with a dark and gothic imagery highlighting the harshness, poverty and superstitions in the seventeenth century with some wonderful descriptions of the desolate Yorkshire moorland and the hard way of life for the people who live there.
This is a story that builds up slowly, ramping up the spooky atmosphere that leads to a dramatic climax where secrets are finally revealed.
Plus, if you ever want to know about sheep farming in the seventeenth century then this is the book for you!
You can certainly see the homage to Emily Bronte that Katherine Clements has paid but with such gothic atmosphere that brings to mind the likes of Du Maurier as well as Bronte.
If you enjoy a slow building atmospheric read then this is a book that will have you bound as tightly as seventeenth century superstitions captured people’s believes!
Grab a copy of whats described as ‘The perfect ghost story’ as it is a book that needs to be read!
A big thank you to the author Katherine Clements, publishers Headline and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.