Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Winterscroft by Anita Waller.
About this book…
When the beautiful Lavender is killed in a tragic car accident her family and fiancé Matt are left devastated.
As the year’s pass and wounds begin to heal, Matt, who has remained close to Lavender’s 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 Lavender’s family home, Winterscroft, the frightening truth becomes apparent.
Lavender is back. And she is not happy.
From the bestselling author of 34 Days, Beautiful and Angel comes a tale of love, death and revenge.
I loved Anita’s last book 34 Days so I was looking forward to her new book. I went into it rather blind so was a little bit apprehensive when I realised that it was more of a supernatural suspense than a psychological suspense. I’m not a huge fan of that genre so it was a pleasant surprise to actually get into Winterscroft very quickly and become involved in the death and subsequent “reappearance” of the beautiful 18 year old Lavender.
The start of this spooky tale actually read like one of those wonderful folk tales where the parents unexpectedly give birth to a third daughter who grows up to become a beautiful person both inside and out, full of kindness to her family and others. But at the age of 18 that daughter, Lavender, is killed in a car accident with her grandparents and the family are left devastated. Six years later when Lavender’s fiance announces his engagement to the lovely Beth, Lavender’s family are overjoyed for Matt and are helping the happy couple arrange their wedding. But then things take a rather unexpected turn.
This has such a dark and spooky feel to it that the feelings of apprehension starts as soon as you realise that the kind and thoughtful Lavender hasn’t taken that generosity of spirit to the grave with her! I kept looking at that stunning cover, wondering why such a lovely young girl couldn’t move on and want her loved ones to be happy after she left them. Now I love the smell of Lavender (I’m a Norfolk girl originally and spent many summers gazing out over those beautiful purple fields ) as for me it’s a relaxing and de-stressing aroma that helps me to sleep at night. After reading this though that gorgeous smell has been rather tainted and it looks like the insomnia is coming back! And whenever this family smell lavender, something very nasty is about to occur!
Anita Waller has woven a genuinely scary ghost story that creeps up on you slowly and builds up to an spectacular and jaw dropping crescendo. It’s a spine tingling nightmare of a plot that I devoured in one session.
I received a copy of Winterscroft from the publisher and I have chosen to read and review it.
Meet the author…
Winterscroft is published by Bloodhound Books on 21st February 2017 and is available to purchase at Amazon UK.