Poisoned Pen Press
Publishing September 6th, 2022
I have read three other books by this author…The Whispering Dead, The Ravenous Dead, and The Haunting of Ashburn House. All three were wonderful books but I have to say that Gallows Hill is by far my favourite of the bunch.
What an atmospheric read this was, the house depicted in this book is one of the creepiest I’ve ever read about. Margot has returned to the family wine estate after the death of both her parents. Long ago she was given away to her grandmother never to see her parents again. When she is left Gallows Hill Winery after her parents passing Margo investigates to see if the winery is truly cursed as everyone believes. As Margo explores Gallows Hill she also searches out the truth of what really happened all those years ago.
The book crept (see what I did there?) up on me at a slow burn and that really helped with the scary atmosphere. Margo’s feeling of terror and anxiety leaped off the page Coates has a wonderful way of writing the very spooky and is an amazing word builder. I don’t know how she manages to write horror/paranormal books so beautifully.
This book is haunting, ominous, and eerie in the best ways possible and it would make the perfect Halloween read, which makes it so great that it is coming out in September.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy.