The haunting of Henderson Close is for the most part written to follow Hannah, who finds herself relocating to Edinburgh and taking up work as a tour guide after the recent split from her (cheating *cough*) husband.
But she isn’t just any boring old tour guide, oh no! She’s a performing tour guide, parading around the oh so spooky (and derelict) Henderson Close, dressed up along side her Co workers as the former residents of the close and feeding their paying guests “horror stories” of the terrible events which took place there back in the 1890’s and the chilling events that have taken place ever since, but they’re just stories.. Right?
Of course they are! Well.. Until a series of strange and unexplained evens begin taking place on the Close, including creepy sightings and what at first can only be described as “flashbacks” which affect not only Hannah, but a couple of her Co workers AND the odd, very sceptical customer too, *shudders*
Now, this is one GOOD BOOK! It’s creepy, it’s suspenseful and there’s so many twists and turns that I almost found myself getting lost along side Hannah! And the imagery, the imagery is fantastic, Catherine Cavendish really did a great job at making you feel as though you were right there in the book, seeing everything our characters were seeing, walking the same streets, and trust me when I say (with how descriptive Catherine is) that’s not always a good thing.. And I LOVED It!
The only minor things stopping me from giving this book 5 stars, if I’m going to be completely honest with you guys (and am I ever not??) is, well for one I occasionally found myself getting slightly mixed up and confused, there are several POV’S and also several time frames, and although I did love the different time jumps, I kept having to go back and see who was speaking at the time and urging myself to remember who they were and why they were important. And the other thing being that I found parts to be quite repetitive and unorganised, we kept jumping from time frame to time frame and then from location to location without much warning or build up and it felt like I was just re-reading pointless parts of the book (and multiple pointless trips to the pub) and in all honesty I could have done without it, and maybe had more of Mairead and George in there, about their pasts and their connections to the close rather than having a build up to tell us there was something connecting them and then just knowing rather than seeing like we did with most other build ups, I feel slightly cheated!
All in all I did thoroughly enjoy this read, the characters were good, the storyline and the development of the characters and imagery were even better! And I strongly reccomend this book to anybody who doesn’t mind being opened up to the fear of all that goes bump in the night!
I gave this book 4 stars! Many thanks to Netgalley and Flame Tree Press for the E-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!