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The Coffin Path

Narrated by: Helen Longworth
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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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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Miserable

One or the most miserable stories I have read. Boring in parts and could skip bits without ruining the story. The narration was good. A depressing read

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excellent book

Wow , this has had me gripped through the full read of it. Everytime I thought something going to happen it gave a twist and went totally on another road. Very well read

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Different to what I imagined

I was a bit perplexed with the end of the story, it just seemed everything was rushed at the end, where the story itself, was done at a much slower pace, a bit disappointed with the ending

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Excellent

A ghost story and more - I was gripped from start to finish. Beautifully narrated too.

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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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