The Ghost Woods

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Look out for C.J. Cooke’s atmospheric new novel . . .

‘Original and compelling, The Ghost Woods is a beautifully written, chilling tale that will stay with the reader long after the book is finished’ Elizabeth Lee

In the midst of the woods stands a house called Lichen Hall.

This place is shrouded in folklore – old stories of ghosts, of witches, of a child who is not quite a child.

Now the woods are creeping closer, and something has been unleashed.

Pearl Gorham arrives in 1965, one of a string of young women sent to Lichen Hall to give birth. And she soon suspects the proprietors are hiding something.

Then she meets the mysterious mother and young boy who live in the grounds – and together they begin to unpick the secrets of this place.

As the truth comes to the surface and the darkness moves in, Pearl must rethink everything she knew – and risk what she holds most dear.

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‘Original and compelling, The Ghost Woods is a beautifully written, chilling tale that will stay with the reader long after the book is finished’ Elizabeth Lee

Praise for C.J. Cooke:

‘Right from the start, I was hooked on this eerie, cryptic novel’ Samantha Downing

‘Fascinating and enthralling’ Nina Pottell, Prima

'Wonderfully atmospheric and compelling’ Rosamund Lupton

‘This ghost story is a perfect mix of propulsive plot and shivers-up-the-spine spookiness’ Good Housekeeping

‘A compelling story’ Kate Sawyer

‘A flawless read’ Elizabeth Lee

‘Seething with gothic menace … interweaves myth, superstition and history in a way which feels strikingly relevant and gripping’ Caroline Lea

‘Gothic at its best’ Rhiannon Ward

‘Beautifully crafted’ Constance Sayers

‘Surprising and inventive’ Sarah Burton

‘Like a lighthouse roving atmospheric waters, its secrets are revealed glimpse by tantalising glimpse’ Cari Thomas

‘A gripping meditation on terror and superstition’ Sara Sheridan

‘A complex and haunting story, beautifully told’ Amanda Mason

‘Utterly enthralling, original and atmospheric’ N.J. Simmonds

‘An atmospheric beauty of a book, with a feminist voice that rang clear from every page’ Anna Day

‘Evocative and chilling’ Alice Feeney

‘Totally engrossing and full of intrigue’ Katherine May

‘Nordic folklore, snowy landscapes, and an ever-turning screw of tension – a fun, gothic treat’ Kirsty Logan

‘So eerie I wanted to sleep with the light on’ Prima

‘A taut, scary thriller that winds the suspense so tightly you can barely breathe’ Simone St. James

About the author

C.J. Cooke is an acclaimed, award-winning poet, novelist and academic with numerous other publications written under the name of Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Her work has been published in twenty-three languages to date. Born in Belfast, C.J. has a PhD in Literature from Queen’s University, Belfast, and is currently Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she researches creative writing interventions for mental health. C.J. Cooke lives in Glasgow with her husband and four children.

Fiction & Literature
13 October

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