Publication date Aug 2020/ Publisher Red Dog Press
Alice Hunter, grieving and troubled after a breakdown, stumbles on the body of her friend and trustee, Harry Rook. The police determine he has been ritually murdered and suspicion falls on the vulnerable Alice, who inherited the place known locally as The Witch House from her grandmother, late High Priestess of the local coven. When the investigations turn up more evidence, and it all seems to point to Alice, even she begins to doubt herself.
Can she find the courage to confront the secrets and lies at the heart of her family and community to uncover the truth, prove her sanity, and clear herself of murder?
A great thriller for a cosy afternoon of reading. Don’t be fooled by the cover, whilst the title and image suggest a ritualistic witch coven that is not the centre of this novel.
A quaint countryside mystery filled with lies, secrets and betrayal, we read from Alice’s POV as she becomes the only suspect in a satanic killing.
The pacing jumps around quite a bit, The Witch House gets off the ground quickly and bombards the reader with interesting questions but some of the character detail and dialogue is repetitive which slows it down somewhat.
Needing to know who the true killer was and what motivated them kept me reading. I also enjoyed the banter between Alice and the arresting officer DI Collingwood -though I have to say the police in this sleepy town were shockingly bad at their job!
The type of setting, mystery and characters in The Witch House reminded me of a 90s British TV show kinda like Midsommer Murders or Jonathan Creek, it definitely has that vibe.
Many thanks to Red Dog Press for my copy.