Four hundred years ago, ten convicted witches were hanged on Gallows Hill. Now they are back...for vengeance. Laura Phillips's grief at her husband's sudden death shows no sign of passing. Even sleep brings her no peace. She experiences vivid, disturbing dreams of a dark, brooding hill, and a man--somehow out of time--who seems to know her. She discovers that the place she has dreamed about exists. Pendle Hill. And she knows she must go there. But as soon as she arrives, the dream becomes a nightmare. She is caught up in a web of witchcraft and evil...and a curse that will not die.
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The Pendle Witches were accused by a child in England, condemned and hung, in a case that preceded and informed the more famous Salem witch trials in the United States. Now their history breathes again through Catherin Cavendish’s novel, the Pendle Curse. An enjoyable blend of well-researched and grittily authentic history, traditional horror with a female protagonist’s slow road into danger, and psychological mystery-romance, The Pendle Curse is peopled with convincing characters and set in a very believable, authentic England. There’s a cool sense of quietly mounting mystery as interconnections between past and present grow stronger. Soon the reader is eagerly trying to guess what the future might hold. Is Laura a witch? Is she possessed? Is she crazy? Or do those Pendle witches of the past hold powers still today? Dialog is satisfyingly real and English, shifting with the times as the story switches smoothly from past to present. And the novel offers an intriguingly different version of the familiar tale, filling in horrifying details of ancient jails while modern nightmares creep onto the horizon. The result is a powerful blend of old magic, well-researched history, and enjoyable story-telling. It would make a wonderful movie, and it makes a thoroughly enjoyable read. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review. I’m only sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.