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The Pendle Curse

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Four hundred years ago, ten convicted witches were hanged on Gallows Hill. Now they are back…for vengeance.Laura 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 d ...more
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Samhain Publishing
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This was an interesting story and I will give more thoughts on it at the bottom of my review.

Here is a little backstory for you readers.

Present (POV):

The character, Laura is reeling from the death of her husband and as she tries to come to terms with him being gone, she starts having strange dreams of a place that is unfamiliar to her, but as time goes on she learns that the place in her dreams is Pendle Hill which she learns has a history of witches and witchcraft. So she decides to "make her d
The Pendle Curse is told between 2 story lines until they come together at the end. One is that of the Device family in the 1600's. They were one of the families accused of witchcraft in the Pendle Witch Trials. The other story line is about Laura in modern times. Her husband has just died and she is still grieving. She has a strange dream on night, something about a hill. She later finds out its Pendle Hill in her dream and decides to go there. I'm from the U.S. so I didn't know about the Pendl ...more
David Bernstein
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Hunter Shea
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Those damn witches! What a great, gothic read spanning two different periods of time flawlessly. I'm now a fan for life! ...more
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The 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
Michael Hicks
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
[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
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laura Phillips, just lost her husband Rich, six months ago. Laura is still grieving his sudden death and is really down in the dumps. Laura begins to have strange dreams, and see things that don't make any sense. In Laura's dream, she see a hill but does not know where it is located. After doing some research, Laura finds out where the hill is located. Laura, decides that she must go there. Four centuries ago, ten witches were hanged on this hill, it is known as Pendle Hill. Laura wants to find ...more
Marie Helene
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
2.5 stars
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REVIEW: THE PENDLE CURSE by Catherine Cavendish

Catherine Cavendish remains one of those rare authors who consistently manage the first-person narrative wisely and well. In this story, a young widow, bereaved suddenly and unexpectedly by an aneurysm felling her husband (no notice, and not anyone to blame) finds herself inextricably and inexplicably drawn into a brutal historical occurrence, whose gory strands and obsessed spirits extend into her present with damaging consequences.
J.H. Moncrieff
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: while I recently met Catherine online because we both have the same publisher, I swear that my review is 100% truthful. I was honestly thrilled by how much I loved her book.

The Pendle Curse surprised me. I thought everything that had to be said about witches was said a long time ago, but Cavendish proved me wrong. This book grabbed me from its opening pages, and its hold on me only got stronger the more I read.

I could see many influences in this novel, from Rosemary's Baby to Stephe
Russell James
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fresh off her superb Saving Grace Devine, Catherine Cavendish gives us another fine supernatural tale set in the British Isles. Laura Phillips has just lost her husband and sets out to research a story hundreds of years old, the trial and execution of the Pendle witches. The witches’ story and Laura’s quest play out in parallel, each story captivating from the start, both leading to a splendid ending.

The excellent settings are crisp with detail. Catherine also excels in characterization, and thi
Christine Hayton
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Disclosure: I purchased the book “The Pendle Curse” from Amazon. I don’t know the author personally. Neither the author nor the publisher has requested this review. The comments that follow are my own personal and honest opinion. I received NO compensated of any kind, or from any one, to provide this review.

I bought this book as part of my personal attempt to update my familiarity with horror in general and read the new authors in that genre. I have been an avid reader, but of only the older est
Keith Ferrario
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura Phillips seeks an escape from her grief-stricken life and goes looking to explore a mystery in the village of Pendle Hill, a mystery right out of her dreams. She’s fascinated by the local history of the Pendle witches, but when the lines between the past and present begin to blur, she finds herself caught up in terror and revenge.

The Pendle Curse by Catherine Cavendish is a great example of really fine, well crafted story telling. This novel is suspenseful, clever and gripping. The mystery
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One thing you can always say about Catherine Cavendish's books is that those twists she throws in are pretty wicked. In more ways than one.

This time around, we're given a love that crosses boundaries, witches who are...actually, I don't really know how to categorize them. Sure, they did some not-so-great things, but what was done to them was pretty awful, too. Like, really awful. It was the lies that got to me. That they were offered hope with one hand only to have their jailers snatch it away w
Josef Hernandez
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A good if not great ghost/family curse novel

For a full review, please go to and follow me on Twitter @josenher
Liz at Fictional Candy
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witch, mystery
It's been a very long while since I've read a book about witches, especially real witches (apart from the witches who are usually in shifter books... you know what I mean!) The Pendle Curse by Catherine Cavendish turned out to be quite the pageturner!

Our main character is Laura, and you can't help but feel for this woman. Her husband died six months prior, and she is still lost in the bubble of grief. She doesn't eat well, sleep well, she doesn't go out very much. Her life has revolved around sa
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The Pendle Curse written by Catherine Cavendish is a novel about a woman, Laura, who is so grief stricken by the sudden death of her husband that even sleep doesn’t bring her any peace. Her nights are haunted by dark dreams of a man who seems to know her. Finding out that the place she has been dreaming about actually exists, Laura sets out to go to Pendle Hill only to have her dreams become a nightmare where she’s caught up in a curse of evil and witchcraft. As she spends more time in Pendle Hi ...more
The Pendle Witches were accused by a child in England, condemned and hung, in a case that preceded and informed the more famous Salem witch trials in the United States. Now their history breathes again through Catherin Cavendish’s novel, the Pendle Curse.

An enjoyable blend of well-researched and grittily authentic history, traditional horror with a female protagonist’s slow road into danger, and psychological mystery-romance, The Pendle Curse is peopled with convincing characters and set in a ve
Shehanne Moore
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Absolutely compelling
Hands up. I am a big fan of the kind of horror Catherine Cavendish
serves up in spades. A rich blend of good old spine tingling horror usually served in a historical sauce but with a dash of the present
day sprinkled in. The Pendle Witches are well documented. We know their stories, how it happened and the awful ends that befell them. What Catherine Cavendish does so successfully is transport us to that time to try and get to the real story of people who played with fire in
Elena Hearty
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like well-developed characters, creepy settings and unexpected twists, then this book is for you.

The story effortlessly weaves past and present together, alternating between the modern day tale of Laura, a young widow still grieving the death of her husband, and the events leading up to the infamous Pendle witch trials of the 17th century. But it is in the past that the author truly works her magic, managing to bring James Device and his ill-fated family back to life in a (surprisingly)
Susan Roebuck
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Cavendish is back with perhaps one of her finest books. This one involves not only ghosts but mainly revolves around witches. As usual, Ms Cavendish's prose is straight to the point and concise, bringing the atmospheric scenes easily into the reader's imagination. The story intertwines contemporary day Laura, who is mourning her beloved husband's death, and a seventeenth century witches' coven. I particularly enjoyed the latter which covers at least half the book and, this time, the au ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Settle in and read. This is amazing! Witches,time travel, old souls, romance, history...and great writing bring THE PENDLE CURSE to the top of my most recommended list of books. Catherine Cavendish really nailed this one. The characters were well drawn and all different. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for good time travel stories. Well, she really sucked me in!

Don't delay, especially if you're looking for a good story about witches,

I was given an advance copy of the e-book by the publisher in
Mick Ridgewell
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
In The Pendle Curse, a coven of witches hanged 400 years ago refuse to stay dead. With amazing clarity, Catherine Cavendish transports the readers back in time to witness the witch trials of Pendle Hill. This tale is filled with excellent character development, and scenes so expertly painted you will feel and smell the English countryside right in your home.
If you’re looking for great supernatural story where history and fiction merge into a seamless tale then this is a must read.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good, hearty witchy stew to get your teeth into!
The male characters James and Martin are positively intriguing!
Highly recommended
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catherine Cavendish has succeeded in bringing the full magnitude of fear and dread that everyday people of the early seventeenth century must have had around the threat of witchcraft into the minds of the modern day reader. I wasn't just gripped, I was spellbound, bewitched and possessed by this book.
Laura Phillips, grieving over the death of her husband is haunted by vivid dreams where she is taken to a place that she does not recognise. Unable to shake free of these dreams when she is awake,
D.E. McCluskey
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Creepy and atmospheric... I wanted a creepy ghostly book and that is exactly what I got.

Left me wanting more and more...

Stuart West
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Pendle Curse is jam-packed with scares, surprises, and a wide-ranging, time-spanning plot. It's almost two books in one: there's a historical witch tale set during the 1600's and a modern day ghost story, both very effective. At times, Ms. Cavendish's moody writing reminded me of Shirley Jackson's classical ghost tale, The Haunting of Hill House, with her ability to raise the hackles on the back of your neck. And there's a whopper of a shocker at the end of chapter two that I won't spoil for ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
My first introduction to Catherine Cavendish was a great one. Her style of writing is beautifully sinister, like a dark and stormy night under a warm blanket. This story flowed eloquently between the past and the present which isn't always an easy thing to do. A realistic witch story that gave a seriousness to the dark magic practiced and acknowledges the spirit world that we should be thankful we can't see. Her writings can haunt me anytime. ...more
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Hello, my name's Catherine Cavendish and I write horror fiction - frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes.

My latest novel - IN DARKNESS, SHADOWS BREATHE - is published by Flame Tree Press. Carol and Nessa are strangers with one thing in common, they are in the hands of an entity that knows no boundaries and crosses dimensions - bending and twisting time itself - wher

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