The Lighthouse Witches

Berkley. Oct. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780593334232. pap. $17. HORROR
In the year 1998, single mother Liv, seeking a fresh start, transports her three daughters from York to the Scottish island of Lòn Haven. In the year 2021, her daughter Luna is 32 and living with the agony of unanswered questions about the disappearance of her family so many years ago. She’s elated to discover her sister Clover, but the mood quickly turns to confused horror when their reunion reveals Clover to somehow still be seven years old, just as she was when she disappeared more than 20 years ago. Cooke’s (The Nesting; I Know My Name) novel includes changes in viewpoint and time period that might at times give readers whiplash, but the compelling and increasingly emotional mystery of Luna’s family keeps the story moving forward. The revelation of the island’s dark history (involving witches, suspicions, and a curse that sealed so many fates) provides a satisfying framework.
VERDICT Told in alternating perspectives that jump back and forth between decades, this chilling tale weaves a web of superstition and truth that fans of Gothic horror won’t want to miss.
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