Big congratulations to Ann Rawson whose new book, ‘The Witch House’ is out today in hardback, paperback and eBook, published by Red Dog Press.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be taking part in this blog tour and I would like to thank the publisher for inviting me to participate and for my review copy.
I will tell you in a minute what I thought about ‘The Witch House’ after you have read the book blurb.
Who can you trust, if you can’t trust yourself?
Alice Hunter, grieving and troubled after a breakdown, stumbles on the body of her friend and trustee, Harry Rook. The police determine he has been ritually murdered and suspicion falls on the vulnerable Alice, who inherited the place known locally as The Witch House from her grandmother, late High Priestess of the local coven.
When the investigations turn up more evidence, and it all seems to point to Alice, even she begins to doubt herself.
Can she find the courage to confront the secrets and lies at the heart of her family and community to uncover the truth, prove her sanity, and clear herself of murder?
Oh Wow! I cannot tell you just how much I enjoyed ‘The Witch House’. When I first saw the cover of this book, I just knew I had to read it. It is simply stunning and as I found out later actually holds a lot of significance.
I loved the way the story began. My interest was piqued straightaway. I liked the style of writing and thought the author was very descriptive. The plot was fabulous. It was extremely hard to tear myself away from this book. I was totally gripped! When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. Perhaps what I should have done was glue the kindle to my hand. Then I could have read it constantly.
This was a story so full of intrigue that I just did not know what would happen next. It kept me guessing for quite a long while. I kept trying to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together but found it almost impossible to do so. There were shocks galore and plenty of twists and turns. It was creepy at times too.
Alice had not exactly had it easy what with her grandmother dying and then soon after having a breakdown. To then be more or less accused of murder was not what she needed. But things really did not look good for her and I for one could see why.
I think what happened actually helped Alice get her courage back. I liked that not everyone judged her. People like Professor Buckley were prepared to give her a chance whatever the outcome.
I found it hard to warm to a number of the characters. To me they all had a motive for murder one way or another.
I loved reading about the house which Alice inherited from her grandmother and how it got its name. I was also extremely interested in the pagan rituals. Fascinating!
‘The Witch House’ deals with a number of topics including mental health, paganism, and greed. If you like psychological thrillers with a difference, then I highly recommend this book. Its one of my favourites of the year for sure.
I am looking forward to reading much more by Ann Rawson.
‘The Witch House’ is available to purchase from:-
Red Dog Press – https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/the-witch-house
Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/31cPXgH
Amazon US – https://amzn.to/3i5oHaH
About Ann Rawson
Ann Rawson has long been addicted to story. As a child she longed to learn to read because she knew there was magic in those pages, the inky squiggles that turned into words and became images in her head – the stories that could transport her away from the everyday. As she grew older, she divined there was truth in books too. They were a glimpse into other minds. Her reading became the foundation of a deep and abiding interest in what makes people tick – and so she soon became hooked on crime fiction.
Age ten, she wrote to Malcolm Saville, author of the Lone Pine Series, enclosing her first short story. He wrote back and encouraged her to continue writing – and she is heartbroken that the letter is long lost. His book, Lone Pine Five, sparked a lifelong interest in archaeology, as it mentions the Mildenhall Treasure which makes an appearance in The Witch House.
A lapsed witch with enduring pagan tendencies, she lives on the south coast. She still thinks of herself as a Northerner, although she’s been in exile for many years. Almost every day she walks on the Downs or the white cliffs with her husband, plotting her next novel while he designs computer systems.
Ann’s debut novel, A Savage Art was published by Fahrenheit Press in 2016. She has published some short fiction, and in 2019 her memoir piece If… was shortlisted for the Fish Short Memoir Prize.
She is currently completing a memoir and working on her third novel.