#BookReview of The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish @cat_cavendish @flametreepress @annecater #RandomThingsTour

Posted February 22, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 9 Comments

The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish
Published by Flame Tree Press on January 10, 2019
Pages: 288
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Ghosts have always walked there. Now they’re not alone…

In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.

Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happening in the old print shop? And who is the little girl with no face?

The legends of Henderson Close are becoming all too real. The Auld De’il is out – and even the spirits are afraid.

My Review

So it’s 3 minutes to midnight and I have just finished this book. Day before my review day (no judgement) and 3 things need to be stated. Now for family and people who are a bit sensitive, turn away now…I am about to drop the f-bomb!….. Fuck me!!! I am not going to be able to sleep tonight nor am I going to find any coherent words for this review.

Okay, so now everyone is back with me, normal service may resume. I am not even lying when I say this book gave me chills and no it wasn’t from the ice cream I was eating. Pretty much the entirety of the book cold shivers were running through me. For over 200 pages Ms Cavendish has written a story that did not relent at any ANY point! The entity flowing around Henderson Close was strong on every page, even from the beginning. I still have chills thinking about it.

Hannah’s dream job working as a tour guide around a haunted close does sound pretty awesome. I’ve been around London Dungeons countless times and would love to work there as an actor, but in all honesty, I think it would scare the beejeezus out of me. With memory losses, disappearances, sightings, malevolent spirits, sounds and random acts of cruelty and shocks this book seriously packs a punch and it delivers. A couple of threads in Mairead and Ailsa storylines didn’t completely add up, however, most of the multiple threads were tied up in a rather shocking and unexpected ending.

I loved that we got to go back in time to see the hustle and bustle of Henderson Close and Farquhar Road, and see the derelict and dark present-day versions too. Where the book was semi light at the start, don’t be fooled it was a false sense of security as the rest of the book was dark and creepy as bloody hell. Still got shivers, not sure I can turn the light off yet!

Ms Cavendish writing is absolutely epic, to keep the intensity of the haunting and mystery surrounding Miss Carmichael’s demise going for over 200 pages with no comfort breaks has astounded me. It has blown me away, as some books peter out halfway through and pick up at the end, but The Haunting of Henderson Close didn’t, it was constant. I was about 80 pages in just sitting there thinking how can she keep this up for another 140 pages, as we seemed to be getting answers and to a resolution but nope, it was tomfoolery and she swept me along further into the dark, whispering to me to keep turning the pages, to travel further in, to try and trap me so I could never escape.

Again, Flame Tree Press you have done it! Another amazing book to add to your catalogue and I am excited to read at the beginning of the book that Ms Cavendish is writing another book. This time sun, sea and sand will be the backdrop for my reading not a creepy old house on my own!!!!

If you are like me and enjoy a good scare, seriously this is the book for you, I mean I need a stiff drink but I thoroughly enjoyed being scared as much as I was. It even got to the stage where I had to play music when reading as my imagination started to play tricks on me. I mean I believe in ghosts, and I am adamant I have seen my dads spirit three days after his death, but the feeling of foreboding I had tonight I didn’t want to feel again. This, I have to say, is completely and utterly down to the writing in this book. However, the music did not calm my nerves as I still heard random noises and hairs on the back of my neck still rose. Kudos to you Ms Cavendish, I can safely say you have frightened me but I do look forward to our next outing.

Until next time xxx

So what has been said so far on this ghostly tour

So May Books So Little Time says


A book that builds up a creepy atmosphere pretty much from the beginning and hooks you in one spooky happening after another. Definitely a book for lights off, candle on, and wrapped in a duvet or blanket. 

It is all about the books says


Wow what a blooming good read this is. A few words that spring to mind after reading this are, chilling, atmospheric and down right creepy

Donna’s Book Blog says


I thought that the writing style was excellent, it had a great flow to the story and I was really in to the story.  I thought that the characters were excellent and I loved how the story built up and developed as the book progressed.

Grab this books says


The author does a fabulous job of capturing the sense of location, the narrow streets, dark corners all make the chilling encounters seem so vivid.  As we get drawn into the story the peril to Hannah and her colleagues increases.  Soon the visions and visitations will escalate, danger becomes more imminent and Hannah even finds herself experiencing a flashback? (maybe) to decades previously when the streets buzz with the poorest wretches of Edinburgh’s past.

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Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Catherine Cavendish

Hello, my name’s Catherine Cavendish and I write horror fiction – frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes. Out now – from Flame Tree Press – THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE. Ghostly horror set in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Available now from Kensington-Lyrical – the NEMESIS OF THE GODS trilogy: mWRATH OF THE ANCIENTS, WAKING THE ANCIENTS and DAMNED BY THE ANCIENTS – set in Egypt and Vienna and featuring the sinister Dr. Emeryk Quintillus whose obsession has stayed with him past the grave. My novellas COLD REVENGE, MISS ABIGAIL’S ROOM, THE DEMONS OF CAMBIAN STREET, THE DEVIL INSIDE HER and THE SECOND WIFE have now been released in new editions by Crossroad Press. My novels THE DEVIL’S SERENADE and SAVING GRACE DEVINE have also been released in

new editions by Crossroad Press, as have my novel of the Lancashire Witches – THE PENDLE CURSE – and my novellas, LINDEN MANOR and DARK AVENGING ANGEL. I live with a long-suffering husband and a delightful black cat who has never forgotten that her species used to be worshipped in ancient Egypt. She sees no reason why that practice should not continue. Who am I to argue? When not slaving over a hot computer, I enjoy wandering around Neolithic stone circles and visiting old haunted houses.

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