Silver Medal Winner, European fiction - 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards
A haunting historical thriller set in Britain's North Yorkshire Moors about isolation, superstition and persecution, The Haunting of Thores-Cross explores 18th century life in a picturesque but isolated village in the North Yorkshire Moors. But when a vulnerable young girl is ostracised within her community and accused of witchcraft, the descendants of her neighbours will suffer for centuries to come.
"This is the most well-researched, intense and spookiest book I've ever read" - Author Amy Queau
Likened by independent reviewers on Amazon to the Brontë sisters, Edgar Allen Poe, Barbara Erskine and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karen Perkins' novels are filled with unflinching honesty and an acute understanding of human nature. She explores not only the depths of humanity, but the depths of human motivation behind the actions and pain people inflict upon each other, as well as the repercussions of these actions not only in the short term, but also the later generations who live with the implications of the past.
Emma Moorcroft is still grieving after a late miscarriage and moves to her dream house at Thruscross Reservoir with her husband, Dave. Both Emma and Dave hope that moving into their new home signifies a fresh start, but life is not that simple. Emma has nightmares about the reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water, and is further disturbed by the sound of church bells - from a church that no longer exists.
Jennet is fifteen and lives in the isolated community of Thores-Cross, where life revolves about the sheep on which they depend. Following the sudden loss of both her parents, she is seduced by the local wool merchant, Richard Ramsgill. She becomes pregnant and is shunned not only by Ramsgill, but by the entire village. Lonely and embittered, Jennet's problems escalate, leading to tragic consequences which continue to have an effect through the centuries.
Emma becomes fixated on Jennet, neglecting herself, her beloved dogs and her husband to the point where her marriage may not survive. As Jennet and Emma's lives become further entwined, Emma's obsession deepens and she realises that the curse Jennet inflicted on the Ramsgill family over two hundred years ago is still claiming lives.
Emma is the only one who can stop Jennet killing again, but will her efforts be enough?
The Haunting of Thores-Cross was previously released asThores-Cross.
Results on Amazon:
#1 Bestseller British Horror
#1 Bestseller Occult, Ghosts & Haunted Houses
#1 Bestseller Gothic Romance
Over 100 5-STAR reviews on Amazon.com
|Publisher:||LionheART Publishing House|
|Product dimensions:||5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Her first Yorkshire Ghosts novel - The Haunting of Thores-Cross - is a silver medal winner for European Fiction in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and Dead Reckoning: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure reached the top 50 in the UK Kindle chart as part of The Hot Box set that also included work by international bestselling thriller authors David Leadbeater, John Paul Davis and Steven Bannister.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Holy crap. This is the most well-researched, intense and spookiest book I've ever read. Not only did these characters come alive and jump out at me from my screen, but I even dreamed about them! Not just one - all of them! I admit, some of the dialect was difficult to decipher, because I'm no historian and I'm not used to hearing people speak this way, but Jennet's POV was immaculate. The two voices in this story (Jennet- 1770s and Emma-present day) were distinct and original. In this engrossing story, we meet Emma and Dave. A married couple suffering from the loss of a child a year earlier. After moving into a home they designed, they soon come to realize the property is... haunted? As Emma dreams about a woman from two hundred years earlier, she begins to write Jennet's story - a story she has no idea where its coming from and even waking unknowing how the words appeared on the page. But it gets creepier. Much, much creepier. As we journey along, the book switches POV, experiencing how Jennet came to be in her situation and why she still roams the grounds two hundred years later. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. But I warn you, it will set a new standard for what you expect in future reads. The writing is flawless, the story is original, and every character is compelling.