Four hundred years ago, ten convicted witches were hanged on Gallows Hill Now they are back for vengeanceLaura Phillips s grief at her husband s sudden death shows no sign of passing Even sleep brings her no peace She experiences vivid, disturbing dreams of a dark, brooding hill,and a man somehow out of time who seems to know her She discovers that the place she has dreamed about exists Pendle Hill And she knows she must go thereBut as soon as she arrives, the dream becomes a nightmare She is caught up in a webof witchcraft and evil and a curse that will not die Note I received an advanced reader s copy from the publisher via NetGalley for review I m kind of on the fence regarding Catherine Cavendish s The Pendle Curse This is not by any means a bad book, but it was a little too staid, a little too cozy, for my tastes.The story is told between two narrators, Laura, who exists in the present day, and James, a witch in the 1600s era of Pendle Hill Laura has recently lost her husband and is haunted by him, both literally and emotionally Needing a bre Note I received an advanced reader s copy from the publisher via NetGalley for review I m kind of on the fence regarding Catherine Cavendish s The Pendle Curse This is not by any means a bad book, but it was a little too staid, a little too cozy, for my tastes.The story is told between two narrators, Laura, who exists in the present day, and James, a witch in the 1600s era of Pendle Hill Laura has recently lost her husband and is haunted by him, both literally and emotionally Needing a break from the mysterious haunting, she treks out to Pendle Hill, a site notorious for its history with witchcraft, and which has been appearing to her in her dreams.As she spendstime in Pendle Hill and becomes familiar with the locals, she becomes aware that something is just not right Still haunted and torn between a growing passion for the co owner of the inn she is staying at and her love for her departed husband, she begins to experience evenotherworldly phenomena.While Laura is a well drawn character, I found myselfinterested in the historical happenings of Pendle James and his family, a coven a witches themselves, get the most action in the story, from summoning their familiars to faring against the accusations of their neighbors that plunge them into a witch trial It s good stuff, and Cavendish shines in a few particular spots with some nicely horrific scenes of both the supernatural andhuman varieties.There is a gothic flavor to the proceedings of The Pendle Curse, and the pacing is rather slow and deliberate It struck me as a bitof a cozy supernatural read, with a dash of romance, than an out and out horror show But, as a I said it s not a bad read by any means The characters are strong and kept my attention throughout, and Cavendish does a great job handling the various aspects of witchcraft lore She also puts a terrific twist on the finale that was both a logical conclusion to what had preceded it, while affirming my suspicions but still managing to surprise with a last minute flip of the script.Mostly, I just had a different set of expectations going into the book, my first from Cavendish, and I do prefer my horror to befirmly geared toward the dark and grisly, rather than the gentler touch Cavendish uses to handle the material So, I wasn t quite satisfied by the overall story but I certainly don t regret the investment in reading time I m giving this one a pretty solid 3 stars out of 5, per the Goodreads andmetrics overall The Pendle Curse is a great novel, both elegant and nasty at the same time It s mean I loved it Filled with incredible detail, both in character and setting There s two main stories going on in this one and the way the author brought it all together wowed me and caught me off guard I love it when a book can do that There s no way not to get fully absorbed by the author s writing and the characters within the pages Whether you re into witches, scary stories or simply wonderful story tellin The Pendle Curse is a great novel, both elegant and nasty at the same time It s mean I loved it Filled with incredible detail, both in character and setting There s two main stories going on in this one and the way the author brought it all together wowed me and caught me off guard I love it when a book can do that There s no way not to get fully absorbed by the author s writing and the characters within the pages Whether you re into witches, scary stories or simply wonderful story telling, this is a must read Those damn witches What a great, gothic read spanning two different periods of time flawlessly I m now a fan for life Book Review originally published here Pendle Curse is one of the best witch stories I ve ever read The book reaches back to the original notion of witches, brewing up potions, grabbing herbs and giving others the evil eye Unlike modern stories of witchcraft, it stays true to some elements of the older witch related mythology, and by doing so, it instantly gained a few stars for me Forget about witches like the ones in Charmed or The Witches of East Book Review originally published here Pendle Curse is one of the best witch stories I ve ever read The book reaches back to the original notion of witches, brewing up potions, grabbing herbs and giving others the evil eye Unlike modern stories of witchcraft, it stays true to some elements of the older witch related mythology, and by doing so, it instantly gained a few stars for me Forget about witches like the ones in Charmed or The Witches of East End here we have the real deal, from old crones to younger, but equally relentless witches, the ones you come across in medieval stories, the ones you can genuinely fear.Laura Philips husband died suddenly, and the loss has her devastated She s depressed, barely gets any sleep, and if she does, her sleep is haunted by nightmares of a dark hill, gallows, and a man who seems to know her When the nightmares growvivid, Laura starts digging around and finds out the hill from her dreams is real it s called Pendle Hill, and it s a tourist attraction Four centuries ago, ten convinced witches were hanged on the Hill, since called Pendle Hill.Driven by curiosity, Laura goes to visit the quaint, small town near Pendle Hill She books a room in a local inn, and goes out to investigate But what she finds in Pendle Hill is bigger than she could ve ever imagined Combining a storyline of four centuries ago, and a present storyline involving Laura, the book switches back and forth between past and present to craft a haunting, intriguing story about a witch s curse that spans centuries.Although I enjoyed both storylines, the past one was my favorite because it focused on the witches and stayed most loyal to witch lore The writing was excellent, the characters vibrant and entertaining, and overall, this was one of the best witch stories I ve ever had the pleasure of reading