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Summary

An eerie and compelling ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of The Witchfinder's Sister, The Silent Companions and Susan Hill, this Gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone. 

Maybe you've heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there's something up here, something evil.

Mercy Booth isn't afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father's study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakable sense that someone is watching.

When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can't see it yet.

©2018 Katherine Clements (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Limited

Critic reviews

"The perfect ghost story." (Manda Scott)

"Like something from Emily Bronte's nightmares." (Andrew Taylor, author of The Ashes of London)

"Spine-tingling...the scariest ghost story I have read in a long time." (Barbara Erskine)

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I gave up

Sounded good but oh so dull....nothing happened and there are long passages of descriptive prose but didn’t hold my attention or intrigue me. I was hoping for something more!

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Liked it but didn't love it

I liked the premise but it was a little slow, and stop-start for me as an audio book. Could be my fault... Perhaps best to listen in just one or two sittings. I didn't find the characters endearing or to be in enough peril for me to be scared by the scary bits which, to me, still felt poorly explained even at the end. It was well written and narrated, just didn't grab me.

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Disappointing

This is pitched as a gothic ghost story, but really it’s a detailed description of 17th century sheep farming. The twist was visible from MILES away and the ghostly elements were much to sparse and left hanging. Very disappointing indeed. I struggled on in the hope the ending would make up for the over long middle. Alas no. I should have realised it wasn’t for me when it opened with a protracted and unnecessarily graphic description of a troublesome lamb birth.

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Boring

I had high hopes for this book but I found it disappointing. Every tiny thing is overly explained. Long drawn out and boring.
I kept hoping it was going to pick up or something was going to happen but no.
It’s a shame because it had potential.

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Good tale but a bit slow

Narrator good but feel the story could have been told with more pace. good characters.

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Gorgeously Gothic!

I listened to the audiobook.

A great listen, full of atmosphere, although it didn't quite live up to the perfect ghost story it promises, but it did deliver everything a good gothic story should. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Dark take

This book came highly recommended as a scared ghost story. The ghosts are never really explained which is a shame. It is well written but portions of unnecessary gore coupled with relentless misery.

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Disappointing

Narrator is excellent, book ok took a while to work out what century it was in. it was ok in that I kept going it should have been great and could have been great but just missed the mark.

I stuck with it to the end only really because I was well maybe it will get better and I want all these vague hints to come together which they do ish at the end but literally finished thinking nice historical novel, about as scary as a chocolate teapot, dragged out for limp ending.

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Boring. Boring. Boring.

I found it hard to listen to, nothing really happens. I kept zoning out because it was so slow.

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Eerie

I loved this story. So well written and performed. It was full of portent and danger, but very human too. A sad ending in the face of everything.

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  • T. Arcangel
  • 11-10-19

Scarcross Hall is MINE!

The Coffin Path is character driven, atmospheric, a little slow, and very creepy. Clements does an excellent job of taking her readers to the wet, cold, windy moors of Yorkshire, England. I could imagine the setting, even smell it. The narration was very good too. I'm ready for another book by Katherine Clements.

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  • Stella
  • 27-02-21

Arduous and Unsatisfying

The prose of The Coffin Path can be rather wonderful at times, with rich and elegant descriptions. Although, there is way too much sheep talk, it really does go on and on and on. I never want to hear anything else about “fly strike” ever again. There are a great many vivid descriptions of the deaths of animals which nearly had me put the book down entirely. The story, however, is the biggest problem. It is an utter let down of a novel. I am particularly annoyed by the character of Mercy who, sadly, turns into a childish and selfish jackass by the end. So, so disappointing for a character that begins with such promise. This is a tale that has great potential but I found to be sorely wanting. The narrator is very good but there are much better books out there.