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“Utterly spellbinding….Witchcraft meets thriller.”—Pop Sugar
High upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, there is a lighthouse that has weathered storms for centuries.
Liv Stay has fled to the island, Lòn Haven, with her three daughters – Saffy, Luna and Clover – to escape truths she’d rather not face.
Lòn Haven was meant to be safe. But soon strange things start to happen. Haunting noises in the dead of night, animal skeletons left on Liv’s doorstep and strangest of all, unknown children at the lighthouse, who disappear without a trace.
The villagers say it’s the work of witches. They say that the children are dark omens, sent to destroy them. Liv doesn’t know what to believe. But within months, nine-year-old Luna will the only one of the family left.
Twenty years after that dark year on Lon Haven, Luna is still haunted by questions – what happened to her sisters, to her mother? To find out, she must return to the lighthouse on Lòn Haven, the one place she promised she would never revisit…
‘Right from the start, I was hooked on this eerie, cryptic novel. I don’t know how C.J. Cooke does it, but every time I pick up one of her books, I can’t stop reading until the last page’ Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
“Utterly spellbinding….Witchcraft meets thriller.”–Pop Sugar
“Truly scary….a new horror novel set on a remote Scottish island.”–Book Riot
“This chilling tale weaves a web of superstition and truth that fans of Gothic horror won’t want to miss.”–Library Journal
“In her deeply atmospheric new novel, Cooke weaves together multiple genres into an intriguing story about longing, lost love, and family….Cooke does an excellent job of bringing together three time periods and multiple story lines. Readers of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and students of Scottish history and myth will love this read.”–Booklist
“Cooke fuses mystery with horror in this atmospheric thriller….[B]reathless pacing, evocative prose, and a hopeful denouement leave readers feeling gratified. Supernatural suspense fans will be well pleased.”–Publishers Weekly
‘A gripping modern gothic thriller that is also a haunting depiction of witch trials, it is a wonderfully atmospheric and compelling novel’ Rosamund Lupton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Three Hours
‘A gripping meditation on terror and superstition’ Sara Sheridan
‘This book is SO good! I was completely gripped with the story of Liv and her daughters Saffy, Luna and Clover. Multiple narrators and time frames, family dynamics, siblings, witches; eerie but not scary. I mean, what is there not to love? This is C.J. Cooke’s best yet! A fascinating and enthralling read’ Nina Pottell, Prima
‘A complex and haunting story, beautifully told. It is such a brilliant take on Scotland’s witch trials of the 1600s, an inventive reimagining of the consequences of the imprisonment and murder of so many women. Tense, unsettling and ultimately incredibly moving’ Amanda Mason
‘This book grabbed me on the first page and didn’t release its grip until the last. With characters that feel like they live and breathe, an atmospheric setting and a plot that kept me guessing, all delivered in luminous prose, this is a flawless read. Underpinned by a story of the Scottish witch hunts, the themes remain starkly relevant today’ Elizabeth Lee
‘Seething with gothic menace, The Lighthouse Witches interweaves myth, superstition and history in a way which feels strikingly relevant and gripping’ Caroline Lea
‘This ghost story is a perfect mix of propulsive plot and shivers-up-the-spine spookiness’ Good Housekeeping
‘An intricate story about women and witch trials but with a delightful timeslip element that really works. It’s a compelling story and very satisfying how the threads are woven together’ Kate Sawyer
‘Wonderful writing with a beautifully haunting tone. Gothic at its best’ Rhiannon Ward
‘Beautifully crafted’ Constance Sayers
‘Cooke manages to set a compelling timeshift mystery in a very real world, where believable people navigate authentic problems … surprising and inventive’ Sarah Burton
‘Like a lighthouse roving atmospheric waters, its secrets are revealed glimpse by tantalising glimpse’ Cari Thomas
‘A complex and haunting story, beautifully told … Tense, unsettling and ultimately incredibly moving’ Amanda Mason
‘Utterly enthralling, original and atmospheric’ N.J. Simmonds
‘An atmospheric beauty of a book, with a feminist voice that rang clear from every page’ Anna Day
‘Cooke manages to set a compelling timeshift mystery in a very real world, where believable people navigate authentic problems such as grief, parenting and peer pressure. The Lighthouse Witches is surprising and inventive’ Sarah Burton