Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
When the beautiful Lavender is killed in a tragic car accident her family and fiancee Matt are left devastated. As the year’s pass and wounds begin to heal Matt, who has remained close to Lavenders family, meets Beth and falls in love again. When the happy couple announce their engagement it sparks a series of bizarre and disturbing events. Then when Matt and Beth make plans to wed at Lavenders family home, Winterscroft, the frightening truth becomes apparent. Lavender is back. And she is not happy. From the bestselling author of 34 Days comes a tale of love, death and revenge.
Happy publication day to Anita Waller, I’m thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for Winterscroft!
One of my reading goals for 2017 was to branch outside of my go to genres and try something new, so when the lovely Helen Claire from Bloodhound Books was looking for people to review Waller’s latest book and I saw it had supernatural elements, I was convinced. I’m so glad that I’ve been experimenting, I loved this book!
When Winterscroft begins, it’s 1991 and a young woman named Lavender is killed in a car accident with her grandparents. Her family is devastated, she left behind two sisters, Violet and Rose and her parents Alan and Flora. Then we switch to six years later and though they still desperately miss Lavender, they have all moved on with their lives. She was engaged to a wonderful man named Matt and he’s stayed close with the family. He’s found love again with Beth and is getting married. From the moment he tells the family of his plans, there is an ominous undertone to the story, it seems Lavender is back…
This book scared the daylights out of me and I mean that in the best way possible. I’ve never had any type of supernatural encounters myself, but I know people who have and it sounds frightening, especially when the presence is angry. There was a lot of subtlety here, little things would happen and I wouldn’t pay it much attention, then later it would all click into place. It was very easy for me to get completely wrapped up into the lives of this family, they were good, solid people with plenty of faith in God. I felt awful for them as strange and scary things kept happening to them and at various points, they were in real danger. Shivers.
This was a really quick read for me, once I started I had a hard time putting it down as I wanted to know how they would all fare. Getting rid of an extremely angry dead woman is no easy feat and I was shocked by the way it all ended. Waller has a very fluid writing style that really captured and held my attention throughout and the atmosphere she created within the walls of Winterscroft (the family home) was chilly, tense and enough to give me goosebumps and set my heart to pounding. If you like supernatural or paranormal novels, Winterscroft will be right up your alley.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Bloodhound Books for my review copy.
About the Author:
Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!
She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accepted for publication. They were the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.
Like many another book it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was orginally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.
She is now retired from my life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!
Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!