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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Girls of Brackenhill

Girls of Brackenhill

ISBN: 1542000084

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 11/01/20

Format: Paperback

My Rating: TBR Haunted by her sister’s disappearance, a troubled woman becomes consumed by past secrets in this gripping thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year. When Hannah Maloney’s aunt dies in a car accident, she returns to her family’s castle in the Catskills and the epicenter of a childhood trauma: her sister’s unsolved disappearance. It’s been seventeen years, and though desperate to start a new life with her fiancé, Hannah is compelled to question the events of her last summer at Brackenhill. When a human bone is found near the estate, Hannah is convinced it belongs to her long-lost sister. She launches her own investigation into that magical summer that ended in a nightmare. As strange happenings plague the castle, Hannah uncovers disturbing details about the past and startling realizations about her own repressed childhood memories.

Fueled by guilt over her sister’s vanishing, Hannah becomes obsessed with discovering what happened all those years ago, but by the time Hannah realizes some mysteries are best left buried, it’s too late to stop digging. Overwhelmed by what she has exposed, Hannah isn’t sure her new life can survive her old ghosts.




“The Girls of Brackenhill is a fast-paced, creepy-in-a-good-way ghost story that will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what happened at the castle on the hill seventeen years ago. Moretti weaves the past and present together in a delicious way, making you think you’ve figured this puzzle out when you haven’t, not by a long shot. A thoroughly enjoyable thriller about first love, loss, and the bond between sisters, I devoured this and you will too.”

—Catherine McKenzie, #1 Amazon bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell and You Can’t Catch Me

“This spine-chilling thriller has everything: mystery, a haunted castle, a dash of romance, and such glorious writing that the pages seem to turn themselves. The heart of the book, though, is Hannah, a strong and complex protagonist whose secrets are masterfully, agonizingly revealed until they reach a mind-bending crescendo. The only problem? You’ll have to read this one with the lights on.”

—Jess Lourey, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Unspeakable Things

“Girls of Brackenhill is an atmospheric thriller that is, at its heart, a ghost story and a haunting reminder of the power of secrets. Moretti deftly weaves together the past and present and gives us not one mystery, but a whole series of disappearances and deaths that are somehow linked together, anchored by the ominous stone castle on the hill. Welcome to Brackenhill, where nothing is as it seems.”

—Jennifer McMahon, author of The Invited

“A Gothic chiller filled with secrets, lies, and things that go bump in the night. I was riveted from the first page to the last.”

—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door

“Finally, an honest-to-goodness gothic ghost story, full of everything you need in a story like this—a creepy castle, suspicious townspeople, and a dying old man who may just have answers to everything. In Moretti’s deft hands the story unspools with an expert unfolding of clues. As the deaths pile up, you’ll feel just as disoriented and full of unnamed dread as Hannah the main character, trying to figure out what really happened to her sister all those years ago. Oh. And wait’ll you see what’s in the basement…”

—Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Until the Day I Die

“A spooky, gothic tale of long-buried secrets and family grief that weaves a spell against the background of an unforgettable setting. If you have a cozy, rainy afternoon, dig in.”

—Simone St. James, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“A looming castle, a woman haunted by her sister’s unsolved disappearance, and long buried secrets clawing their way up to the surface—Kate Moretti deftly weaves it all together in a gripping gothic ghost story of the first order. Girls of Brackenhill is full of chills, thrills, and dark surprises. You won’t stop turning the pages until the stunning end—and even then you’ll be sleeping with the lights on. Don’t miss it!”

—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside


About the Author

Kate Moretti

Photo by Pooja Dhar at PR Photography

Kate Moretti is the New York Times Bestselling author of six novels and a novella, including Thought I Knew You, While You Were Gone, Binds That Tie, The Vanishing Year, Blackbird Season, In Her Bones, and the forthcoming Girls of Brackenhill. Her first novel THOUGHT I KNEW YOU, was a New York Times bestseller. THE VANISHING YEAR was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards Mystery/Thriller category for 2016 and was called "chillingly satisfying." (Publisher's Weekly) with "superb" closing twists (New York Times Book Review). Her books have been translated in over ten different languages and has been optioned for television.

​Kate has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty years as a scientist and enjoys traveling and cooking. She lives in Pennsylvania in an old farmhouse with her husband, two children and no known ghosts. Her lifelong dream is to find a secret passageway. Read More

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