#BookReview of Crow’s Cottage by John Bowen @johnybwrites @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Posted April 11, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 10 Comments

#BookReview of Crow's Cottage by John Bowen  @johnybwrites @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Crow's Cottage by John Bowen
Series: Where the Dead Walk #2
on March 29 2019
Pages: 343

A dead man. A missing woman. A haunted cottage. A secret hidden for thirty years…


In 1988 a famous record producer took his own life and a woman vanished after attending a party at Crow’s Cottage.


When the cottage’s owner passes away decades later, the property falls into the hands of his nephew, who finds a strange box hidden there. It is a replica of an infamous occult device called the Mephisto Arcane. In the wake of its discovery come sightings of an apparition. The crew of the paranormal TV show Where the Dead Walk are invited to investigate the haunting.


They are about to find the past guards its secrets jealously, and that unlocking them has consequences.

My Review

This book surprised me, I thought I would be in for a typical ghost hunting story but I wasn’t, I got so much more! The ghost hunting was an enabler to help solve a 30 year old mystery and a present-day conundrum. Now, I am a complete believer and I have also had my own supernatural incidents, one being I saw my dad two days after he passed and the night before my wedding so for me picking this book up was a no brainer.

Starting off this is book two in a series, but I read this perfectly well on its own. A couple of characters from the first book were briefly mentioned and I will be at some point going back to read the first book. This book focuses mainly on Chloe the newbie on the team. The whole premise for me was fascinating. It was like a behind the scenes book to one of my favourite shows “Most Haunted”. It details the volume of research done to not just the property but the people who apparently haunt the places before the vigils take place, how the scenes are set up, the planning, so when reading this I was completely engrossed and could vision Derek and Yvette from the show.

I got a few ghost bumps…I mean goosebumps (!!) when reading this in certain scenes but for those of you who aren’t a fan of things that go bump in the night you will be fine in this book. Yes, it is ghost hunting but there really is a bigger picture going on.

On a side from Crow Cottage and the mysterious figure that has been spotted and an unsolved disappearance 30 years ago, Chloe is dealing with some present-day issues with her sister. Which I thought balanced well, and threw a great similarity to both storylines, but from different perspectives.

Like with most books I read you have to go in the dark, so I can’t give anything away, apart from I really did enjoy this! It took a couple of chapters to get used to the writing as I felt at times it was heavy and there were a few characters to get acquainted with, so best not read this when you are tired, but once you got to grips it was easy to lose yourself in the writing and the storytelling.

I am looking forward to the next book already (there best be one) as I can’t wait to see what other spooky goings on will occur next.

Until next time xxx

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Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the tour invite and the author for a copy of their book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About John Bowen

John Bowen is a multi genre thriller author who lives in the UK. When not playing video-games, reading, catching up on movies, going to the gym, and enjoying time with his wife and children, he occasionally finds time to write…

His debut novel supernatural suspense thriller WHERE THE DEAD WALK is an Amazon Top #100 Bestseller, his second novel, action adventure thriller, VESSEL a #1 Bestseller in Kindle Thriller and Mystery, his short story collection COLD SWEATS & VIGNETTES a #1 Bestseller in Short Fiction, and his most recent novel, murder mystery DEATH STALKS KETTLE STREET also an Amazon Top #100 Bestseller.

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