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Witches of Bone Hill: A Novel (vuoden 2023 painos)

Tekijä: Ava Morgyn (Tekijä)

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"Ava Morgyn's The Witches of Bone Hill is a spellbinding, romantic novel about family secrets and two young women who discover they're Nordic witches. Cordelia Bone's meticulously crafted life and career in Dallas are crashing down around her thanks to a philandering husband with criminal debts. When her older, carefree sister, Eustace - a cannabis grower in Boulder - calls to inform her that the great aunt they never met has died and they must travel to a small town in Connecticut to deal with the estate, she sees an opportunity to unload the house and save herself. But once there, the sisters learn they are getting much more than they bargained for. The Victorian mansion they stand to inherit is bound in a dynasty trust controlled by their late aunt's aging attorney, who insists they retain and inhabit the house but keeps them in the dark about the peculiar rituals of their ancestors. Not to mention a sexy, tattooed groundskeeper with a shrouded past who refuses to leave the carriage house and a crypt full of dead relatives looming at the property line. As both women grapple with their current predicament, they come face to face with a haunting family secret, the truth of what happened to their mother, and the enemy that's been stalking them from the shadows for generations. In a twisting torrent of terror and blood, the sisters must uncover the power within them to heal their fractured relationship, reverse their mysteriously declining health, and claim the lineage they wanted to escape but now must embrace if they are to survive at Bone Hill"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:CherryHatchett
Teoksen nimi:Witches of Bone Hill: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Ava Morgyn (Tekijä)
Info:Griffin (2023), 416 pages
Kokoelmat:Black Shelf 1, Oma kirjasto
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Close your eyes, Cordelia, her mother would say. Don’t look at them. But more importantly, Never, ever speak to them.

The Witches of Bone Hill is a perfect story for the Halloween season with it's Gothic tone, supernatural mystery, and two sisters on their own trying to figure out and survive their family history and legacy. Told all from younger sister Cordelia's point-of-view, readers come into her life as it's completely falling apart. Her soon to be ex-husband has cleaned out her bank accounts and is currently destroying her credit as he gallivants around with her former assistant, that she caught in flagrante delicto with her husband in the kitchen. As she's trying to sell her house to stay ahead of the creditors, receiving a note from a bookie threatening that she is now on the hook for her husband's fifty grand owed, Cordelia receives a phone call from her sister Eustace, who she hasn't talked to in five years. It seems the great aunt that they have never met has passed away and left them her estate, which includes a house called Bone Hill.

This place, with its gothic sensibility and family history, might hold the only answers she could hope to find about who and what their mother was, why she left, and what happened to her.

Right away the story sets the tone as the sisters are driven up to the old Victorian looking home, with it's gables, turrets, and antiques. Once inside, they discover a picture of women standing in a circle and one in the middle levitating, along with a pentagram looking shape on the floor of one of the rooms. I could feel the spookiness already creeping in and when Cordelia looks up the stairs and sees a woman in black dress and white hair, I knew the chills where on the way. Cordelia and Eustace's mom always kept them on the road, never settling for too long and never talked about her family. The sisters are confused as the home and antiques seem to point to the family having money and they start to wonder why their mother kept them from it. Cordelia sees this as an opportunity to sell and get the money she needs to pay everyone off but the estate lawyer, who claims to come from generations that have served her family, tells the sisters that they must stay at the house, as there is a contingency against them selling. The will obviously is a way to keep the sisters at the house and while it generally worked, the contingency talk later on got a bit messy and I felt myself just having to go along with it.

What concerned her more was the hulking groundskeeper and his bedroom eyes, the things he wasn’t saying more than the things he was, the effect he had on her. Men like that didn’t roll out of the womb covered in ink and defiance— they were damaged somewhere along the way. And Cordelia hated to admit just how much she yearned to know what his damage was.

Along with the estate lawyer that will have you wanting to keep your eye on him and his nephew that acts like a chauffeur, there is the groundskeeper, Gordon, who makes you want to keep your eye on him for a different reason. Adding in some romance, Gordon is a former rock star who's mother worked on the estate as a maid and then had her own mysterious death. Gordon seems to be working there as a way to grieve and maybe find out what really happened to her. Cordelia and him have some instant attraction and then it becomes what all does Gordon know and can Cordelia trust him. Since I was mostly here for the chills, I really enjoyed this little romance additive but it's definitely not the star of the show. Cordelia and Eustace trying to figure out their family history and the supernatural elements are the spotlight and they delivered.

When she opened her eyes again, she read the answer in the mirror before her, her heart icing over. In the blood dripped and spattered across the opposite wall, righted only by the reversal of its reflection, one gruesome, gut-twisting word had formed.
Witch.


The first half of this book had me thinking this would be a five star because I love Gothic mystery and this had the setting and the tone but the second half meandered a little too much and then, along with the contingency, some threads got a bit too disheveled in trying to keep the mystery alive. Cordelia and Eustace's family history was fascinating and I liked how it brought in an unexpected element of old Norse history with the supernatural. I thought the villain of the piece was pretty obvious and then when we got the whys, they had gotten too lost in stretching the story out for a little too long. The whole mob, owing money to the bookie thread really seemed unneeded to me and shared some of that messiness I was talking about, it could have been removed in favor of streamlining, cleaning up the story; Cordelia already had enough reasons to be desperate for money.

“I am what lies behind,” the woman said. “And I am what lies ahead. Hella of the Bones. Speaker for the dead. I wield the Seidr.” She drew near to Cordelia , placing a finger between her breasts. “And you are of my vӧlur.”

Cordelia and Eustace's relationship added some heart to the story, with the sisters coming together again after the five years of estrangement and Eustace had her own magical journey. While most of the tone of this was Gothic, the second half and ending did bring in some horror elements, there was very descriptive scenes of animal cruelty and general blood and gore. The magical lore created, ghosts, and human relationships all made this a spooky seasonal read that I highly recommend.

“Don’t you want to know?”
“If we’re witches?”
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  WhiskeyintheJar | Sep 25, 2023 |
Cordelia’s life is falling apart. Her husband has cheated on her and racked up tons of debt in her name. She is about to lose it all. Then she is notified of her great aunt passing away in a small Connecticut town. She and her estranged sister head up there to take care of her aunt’s estate. Little do they know…a family secret is looming!

This story is a little bit of everything…family drama, murder, secrets, ghosts, and of course, witches. I enjoy how this tale manipulates the reader. There were times I was afraid it was about to be a horror book, then it twisted again.

I fell for both Cordelia and her sister Eustace. Both of these ladies are so different. And their interactions with each other is classic sibling love!

Need a good witching tale for Halloween season…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review ( )
  fredreeca | Sep 25, 2023 |
This was just too predictable to me, sometimes for reasons I thought very goofy (like the family motto, in the most obvious Latin that could possibly exist, that somehow takes the main characters multiple chapters to figure out, and other similar "mysteries") and other times for reasons I found wildly dumb—multiple times the sisters wrote off the only possible character who could be the bad guy, as the bad guy, because they thought he just didn't have bad enough vibes. The romance wasn't stellar, but reasonably fine, and the horror and the spooks were quite good. ( )
  bibliovermis | Aug 26, 2023 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I got this as an ebook from NetGalley for review.

Thoughts: This was okay. It's about two sisters who find out they have inherited a strange family estate along with the odd magical powers. I liked the beginning of this but thought the way the story played out was a bit predictable and boring. I also just never really enjoyed any of the characters that much.

Cordelia is going through a very rough divorce and has been forced to assume a lot of her husband's debt; despite her booming business in real estate she is running out of money. Then she gets a call from her older sister Eustace (a hippie cannabis grower from Colorado) who tells her that their great-aunt has left them an estate. They never knew their great-aunt but Cordelia sees a possible escape from her money problems and jumps at the opportunity. Upon arrival they find that not only is the house haunted, but their family (which they have been estranged from their whole lives) has some very deep and disturbing secrets. When Cordelia and Eustace start to see changes in their own bodies and powers as well, they know something crazy is happening and Cordelia's plan to sell off the estate has to go on hold until they solve some deeper mysteries.

There isn't anything blatantly wrong with this book I just found it a bit scattered. There are almost too many things going on for the plot. Coedelia ends up with a gangster after her who is trying to collect on her husband's debt; strangely this issue kind of goes away and then comes back at the end. This just didn't need to be in the story. Then there is the side issue about the groundskeeper whose mom died on the premise of the estate; Cordelia develops a relationship with the groundskeeper so he serves as a romantic interest. Still, the whole back story about his mom felt a bit superfluous and the romance feels half-baked as well. I felt like a lot of these little plot branches really detracted from the overall creepiness of the rest of the story.

I did enjoy the hauntings and the mysteries the sisters uncovered on the estate in the beginning of the book. However, some of the turns the story took towards the end, with competing heirs really took away a lot of the supernatural mystery and pinned a lot of things on one evil character. I found this anti-climatic, predictable and just all in all disappointing. I think this story could have built to a much more intriguing and impactful ending.

The writing is fine but there were some parts of the story where the pacing was a bit slow. I just felt like the book ended up a bit jumbled with too much going on. There's a lot of potential here but it fell flat for me.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was okay. The premise here and the beginning of the book was pretty good. I was drawn into the story right away. Then the book lost me; there were too many things happening at once and too many plot points thrown in that were supposedly important but then were quickly brushed aside and forgotten. I never engaged with the characters well and found the ending really predictable and boring. I don't plan on picking up any books by this author in the future. ( )
1 ääni krau0098 | Aug 25, 2023 |
The perfect read to kick off the spooky season. Eustace and Cordelia’s lives are pretty much in shambles when notice arrives that they’ll receive an inheritance from a distant aunt. The women were kept from contact with other family while raised by their mom. When the sisters arrive at Bone Hill, they begin to unearth the many family secrets.

This was a delightfully creepy story that I couldn’t put down. I’d love to see more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this complimentary ARC. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. ( )
  jmoura01 | Jul 19, 2023 |
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"Ava Morgyn's The Witches of Bone Hill is a spellbinding, romantic novel about family secrets and two young women who discover they're Nordic witches. Cordelia Bone's meticulously crafted life and career in Dallas are crashing down around her thanks to a philandering husband with criminal debts. When her older, carefree sister, Eustace - a cannabis grower in Boulder - calls to inform her that the great aunt they never met has died and they must travel to a small town in Connecticut to deal with the estate, she sees an opportunity to unload the house and save herself. But once there, the sisters learn they are getting much more than they bargained for. The Victorian mansion they stand to inherit is bound in a dynasty trust controlled by their late aunt's aging attorney, who insists they retain and inhabit the house but keeps them in the dark about the peculiar rituals of their ancestors. Not to mention a sexy, tattooed groundskeeper with a shrouded past who refuses to leave the carriage house and a crypt full of dead relatives looming at the property line. As both women grapple with their current predicament, they come face to face with a haunting family secret, the truth of what happened to their mother, and the enemy that's been stalking them from the shadows for generations. In a twisting torrent of terror and blood, the sisters must uncover the power within them to heal their fractured relationship, reverse their mysteriously declining health, and claim the lineage they wanted to escape but now must embrace if they are to survive at Bone Hill"--

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