A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of murder. Who can save Pale Harbour from itself?

1846. Desperate to escape the ghosts of his past, Gabriel Stone takes a position as a minister in the remote Pale Harbour, but not all is as it seems in the sleepy town.

As soon as Gabriel steps foot in town, he can’t escape the rumours about the mysterious Sophy Carver, a young widow who lives in the eerie Castle Carver: whispers that she killed her husband, muttering that she might even be a witch.

But as strange, unsettling events escalate into murder, Gabriel finds himself falling under Sophy’s spell. As clues start to point to Sophybas the next victim, Gabriel realises he must find answers before anyone else turns up dead.


After his wife passes away during child birth, Gabriel Stone moves to Pale Harbour, taking up the post of minister, which is what his wife wanted him to be. Despite having lived in Pale Harbour for many years Sophronia Carver has still become an outcast in Pale Harbor after her husband’s brutal death four years earlier. The town people believe that she murdered her husband, and that she is a witch. Sophy has distanced herself from the people and now lives in seclusion with her faithful friend and housekeeper.

A number of carcasses, and cryptic notes, are being left around for people to find, and it’s left to Sophy and Gabriel to try and solve the mystery. Because the townspeople think Sophy is responsible for everything that is happening within Pale Harbour. The crimes mimic the tales of Edgar Allan Poe and whoever is doing it is very twisted and needs to be stopped.

You gradually get to know the past trauma’s of both Gabriel and Sophy. There is attraction between them, although it seems that neither of them trusts the other completely. Gabriel also feels guilty about having romantic feelings after the death of his wife.

This is an atmospheric, Gothic, spooky and well crafted novel. It’s fast paced, and a good book if you are into historical fiction and romance. It’s not the type of novel that I would normally go for. But it is a good read. I give this book four stars out of five.

It is available for pre order now and will be released on the 17th October 2019 as an ebook, paperback and audiobook.

I would like to thank netgalley, and HQ publishers for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Hester Fox comes to writing from a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician.

This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums.

She is a keen painter and has a master’s degree in historical archeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband and two cats.

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