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February 15, 2019

The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish ~ a Review

by MK French

Wanting to leave behind memories of her former marriage after her adult daughter moved away from home, Hannah moved to Edinburgh. Now she and her colleagues are tour guides, leading visitors through Henderson Close. They act out and recreate stories of ghosts and murder, which is fun for Hannah until it starts to feel all too real. There is a figure that seems to appear and reappear, odd happenings in the estate, and a girl with no face. The old legends of Henderson Close now feel all too real.

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The Haunting of Henderson CLose
January 2019; Flame Tree Press; 978-1787581036
audio, ebook, print (240 pages); horror
The spookiness happens almost immediately, beginning with Hannah's interview tour. It's rather like a horror movie: the reader knows that the oddness at the beginning is a warning for the poor victim to get out before it gets bad, but they dismiss it. The oddness follows her home, and the flashes to the past explain away some of the oddities that are the ghosts. When the supernatural aspect increases in intensity, it absolutely drew me in. There is a lot of suspense along with the ghosts, presence of evil, and then disappearances. It isn't well explained at all in the beginning. so that you doubt what the characters are even feeling and experiencing.

As the story progresses, there are clearer references to the Devil, and the psychic drawn in to help Hannah and her friends investigate all (literally) run screaming in the opposite direction. There's a bit of blood and gore as we delve into the memories of a killer, and the story seems to get a bit timey-wimey as it progresses. This is definitely a creepy novel and would make an excellent horror movie.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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