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Monday, September 25, 2023

Book Review: The Witches of Bone Hill by Ava Morgyn

The Witches of Bone Hill
by Ava Morgyn
September 26, 2023
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
ASIN: B0BQGJMNVP
ISBN: 9781250835437
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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The Bone sisters, Cordelia and Eustace inherited the Connecticut mansion and fortune of their great-aunt, Augusta. For Cordelia, it may be a way for her to get much needed money to pay off her husband John’s debts from a gangster and to fix a mold in their Texas home so she can sell it. For Eustace, as you read further on, she is one more chemo treatment away. Once they live in the house, Eustace begins to gain weight and looks like the peak of health. Cordelia learns that if any of them leave off their land for anytime, it is not safe for them health-wise.They can even die when visiting the nearby town for groceries. She also learns the townspeople fear the Bone family. The sisters figure out they are descendants of Nordic witches, bone witches. Meanwhile, Cordelia is falling for their groundskeeper. If that wasn’t all, Cordelia needs to find out why she is not getting better like her sister, and it also appears someone is out to get them.

If The Addams Family and The Haunting of Hill House gave birth, this dark fantasy with romance would be the result. It pulls the reader into this mystery and wickedly magical story that is hard to put down.

I give The Witches of Bone Hill 4 ½ sheep.


 

 

 

 Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
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Ava Morgyn is a native Texan who grew up falling in love with all the wrong characters in all the wrong stories. She is a lover of crystals, tarot, and powerful women with bad reputations. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin and currently resides with her family in Houston, where she lives surrounded by antiques and dog hair and writes a blog on child loss, ForLoveofEvelyn.com. When she isn’t at her laptop spinning darkly hypnotic tales, she can be found reading, hunting for delicious vegan recipes, or wandering a forest.

She is the author of Resurrection Girls and The Salt in Our Blood. Learn more at avamorgyn.com.

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