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The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke, Narrated by Joshua Manning, Lesley Harcourt, Eva Feiler, and Jess Nesling

Published September 30th 2021 by HarperCollins, October 5th 2021 by Berkley

About the Book: Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found–but she’s still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting.

When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s an opportunity to start over with her three daughters–Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she’s frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed.

Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searching for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she’s initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers–except she’s still seven years old, the age she was when she vanished. Luna is worried Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she’ll have to return to find the truth of what happened to her family. But she doesn’t realize just how much the truth will change her.

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The Lighthouse Witches

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I don’t read much horror, paranormal or spooky stories, but this one called to me and being October and Halloween around the corner, I thought I would give this one a go. I received the audiobook and ebook from the publisher after hearing from some trusted bloggers that they really enjoyed it. Well, I am glad I picked it up. This was an atmospheric, mysterious story told over three timelines. The first was during the witch hunts when several women were put to their deaths and they cursed the island. The second was in 1998. Single mother Olivia or Liv, was commissioned to paint a mural on the walls or a 100 year old lighthouse. She and her three daughters head to the remote Scottish Island of Lòn Haven, where Liv and two of her daughters vanish. The third is 22 years later, when Luna, the remaining daughter gets a call that her sister Clover has been found. The thing is, Clover is the same age she was when she disappeared. Is Clover a Wildling? Luna had heard the residents of of Lòn Haven refer to the many Wildlings that appeared on the island years after children had gone missing and needed to be killed. What was she to do?

The Lighthouse Witches was a perfect read or listen for these cool and darker autumn nights. It is a story that takes history, legends and family and rolls it into an atmospheric, spooky story. The setting of an abandoned lighthouse on a remote island adds to that feel and the lighthouse becomes a character in itself. There were tense, ominous feelings while reading this one. With the family itself scarred and dealing with issues, it adding to that menacing feeling I got while reading. I do not want to give any of the plot away, so will tell you that this is the perfect read for anyone who enjoys a spooky, atmospheric, well developed story. All three storylines come together in a somewhat unexpected, yet perfect ending. I recommend this book will keep you interested from the first page until the last. I did a read/listen with this book and it was a great way to enjoy this story. The audiobook had a cast of narrators, Joshua Manning, Lesley Harcourt, Eva Feiler, and Jess Nesling. I always enjoy listening to books with a group of narrators who give the characters individual voices. Their tone and expression added much to my enjoyment and the atmosphere of the story. I definitely recommend this one.