Gallows Hill

Poisoned Pen. Sept. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9781728220246. pap. $15.99. HORROR
Margot Hull has just inherited haunted, cursed Gallows Hill—the land, the house, and the surprisingly thriving winery—from her late parents, who she hasn’t seen since she was eight. Now they’re gone, and she’ll never have the answers she craves. Not until those answers start literally creeping out of the woodwork of the crumbling house—and reaching out of the hundreds of unmarked graves that both populate and haunt the property. Margot doesn’t want to stay, but the place won’t let her leave until she uncovers the gruesome buried truths and finds a way to put all of Gallows Hill’s ghosts and secrets to rest—unless they put her to rest first. The slowly building horror of Gallows Hill, the property itself a darkly brooding character in the story, will prey on the minds of both Margot and the novel’s readers as the true nature of the terror and the threat slowly creeps into the murky light.
VERDICT Coates (From Below) tells the kind of chilling haunted-house story that will keep gothic horror readers on the edge of their seats while hiding under their blankets right up to the shocking, terrible twist at the end.
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