The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

The Witch of Willow Hall, Hester Fox, 2018


My favorite quote: “Yet at the same time I want to untether my heart, toss it up into the sky and let it take wing. There’s a wildness here that, if nothing else, holds promise, possibility. Who needs society? What has it ever done for us?” (You make a pretty good point, Hester Fox)

Most interesting characters: Catherine, Emeline, and Lydia Montrose, three sisters

Opening scene: Lydia Montrose recalling a former neighborhood bully, a “vicious little imp,” called the Bishop boy, who used to throw rocks at passing carriages and attend public hangings for fun. In his defense, what else was there to do in the early 1800s, though? I mean, it’s not like they had Minecraft or Grand Theft Auto back then. They didn’t even have Frogger or Pac-Man like I did, and let’s be honest: the graphics back then were so bad I would have totally gone to public hangings too if they hadn’t gone out of fashion by then. Anyway, it was on that day, ten years before the story really begins, that Lydia Montrose first realized she had dark powers within her

The gist: It’s been like 200 years since the Salem Witch Trials, but one witch still remains. And it’s Lydia, in case you hadn’t gathered 

Greatest strengths: In The Witch of Willow Hall, Hester Fox creates the kind of gothic atmosphere that makes me feel all warm and shuddery and creepy inside. I could have crawled inside of this book and lived there

Standout achievements: The Witch of Willow Hall is, in its entirety, a standout achievement, and I’m not even kidding. It was Hester Fox’s first book, and hoo boy, does she know how it’s done. I loved every word of it and while it currently remains the only Hester Fox book I’ve read to date, you can bet your sweet, Gothic-loving asses it won’t be the last

Fun Facts: I came across this book when my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, and I were doing our podcast, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! We received an email from Hester Fox’s publicist asking if we’d like to have her on our show, and after hearing what The Witch of Willow Hall was about, of course we said yes. Meeting Hester Fox was a lot of fun and I loved getting the inside story of The Witch of Willow Hall. Good times were had by all … 

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Additional thoughts: If you haven’t googled Hester Fox yet, do it — and look at those book covers. Those are some nice covers, I don’t care who you are. I’m particularly fond of the green cover for The Witch of Willow Hall 

Hit or Miss: Hit, for sure

Haunt me:

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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