Mike Carter and his girlfriend Helen, along with their friends Alex and Kay, travel to a remote loch side cottage for a post-graduation holiday. But their celebrations are short-lived when they hit and kill a stag on the road. Alex’s sister Meggie awaits them in the cottage, adding to the tension when her dog, Oscar, goes missing. Mike becomes haunted by a disturbing presence in the cottage, and is hunted by threatening figures in the highland fog. Reeling from a shock revelation, Mike begins to lose his grip on his sanity. As the dark secrets of the past conspire to destroy the bonds of friendship, Mike must uncover the terrifying truth dwelling within the walls of Hearthstone Cottage.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
I loved the blurb for this book and the setting was great – when I was on honeymoon with my husband we stayed in a cottage in the Highlands of Scotland and there were a few unexplained noises when we were there so I read this one half wrapped up in a blanket with a cushion to hide behind just in case!
I thought that the characters were well developed and they worked well together too. I won’t say I really warmed to them particularly but it is not that kind of book, if you know what I mean! I liked the suspense that he author built up with the plot too, it did drop for me slightly in the middle but it soon picked back up again and I thought the ending was great for the story. and It is 3.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 4 stars for Goodreads and Amazon.