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Coffin Path - review

Katherine certainly knows her history and she certainly knows how to create an atmosphere.

This book is jawdropping, you are swept away onto the Yorkshire Moors in the late 1600s and you are absorbed in the harsh yet compelling life of a hill farm with a flock to care for. The old master has a past, we are drip fed that, so carefully...

We soon meet a Heathcliffe like transient shepherd, E be reet hard to fathom, but he broods and also has a past...

Our heroine is a real girl of the outdoors, she relishes the tasks which most men would struggle with and we find out all about her whiles and whims.

Then... we get the chills and things constantly happen, little things, menacing and evil things, quite bloody things and no matter what direction we look in, we cannot ever see who is doing it...

She cleverly gives us plenty of real history and a glimpse of witchery and devilry too, it is compelling, brutal and bone-chilling.

Things spiral ever out of control and yet, Mercy and small team must struggle to overcome all sorts of adversity. 

The mix of macabre and mesmerising mundane tasks are told so beautifully, there is much to say it's akin to Sarah Waters or Susan Hill or a Bronte unbound...

The snippets of medicinal care, creepy ghostly-ness and hints of the devil walking the fells along the Coffin Path and around the White Ladies stones, where there is a slaughter slab...

Superbly told with lyricism through he 4 seasons, bringing things to a breath taking denouement that I for one didn't see coming...

A truly excellent book and I can't wait to read her others and meet her on Mon 18th June 6pm in Bolton Librray for a joint event with Beth Underdown, whose Witchfinder's sister is equally awesome...

In fact Bolton is sort of a key location in the plot... old Cromwell and his Puritans and the Royalists... I must let the local paper/radio know...