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The Haunting of Henderson Close

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Ghosts have always walked there. Now they're not alone.

In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released. Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Flame Tree Press
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I freaking loved this story. I've been reading Cavendish reviews for years, but I really didn't believe them. Not that I distrust your average Joe or Josephine reviewers, just that at least half the reviews were from other authors. THOSE I mostly don't trust. You know how it goes, you rub my back, and I'll rub yours. Sorry, but that's how I feel. However, and this is a huge HOWEVER....I may have missed a good thing! Luckily, I can still find Ms. Cavendish's books. This book was a ®*^£*€¥¿~ winne ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mysterious And Creepy!

A clever and interesting historical haunting that made this book a pleasure to read.

The storyline revolves around several central characters and flashes back and forth from the late 1800's to present day and the characters are richly developed so the story is easily followed.
A tour group company spotlighting Henderson Close and it's sad and brutal history is the foundation of this story and it is so well-written that you can't wait to find out why this place seems to have
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many tourists come to see Henderson Close in Edinburgh, Scotland. The tales of crime, murder and intrigue, plague victims trapped inside their homes to die, and other haunting aspects of the Close's history bring the curious in droves. Hannah comes to Edinburgh to start her life over. She's divorced and her daughter is grown and at college. She sees the tour guide position at the Close as a dream job. But ghostly specters, disappearances and menacing encounters with evil soon make Hannah realize ...more
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
I received this book in for review from Flame Tree Press. I’m going to do my best this year to read as many new ladies of horror fiction as I can and I snapped this up as soon as I noticed it was available without even reading the blurbage. I love all kinds of horror but the creepy, slow atmospheric kind has been working for me lately and this story has all of that and a little bonus gore too!

Way back in 1891 a do-gooder is brutally murdered in front of Henderson Close. Many moons later, the bui
Schizanthus Nerd
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
There’s always been sporadic supernatural activity during the tours of Henderson Close. Occasionally visitors have experienced cold spots or seen shadowy figures, but when Hannah begins her new job as a tour guide the mysterious phenomena escalates. Hannah and her fellow tour guides, Mairead and George, are soon caught up in a series of events that they can’t explain. If anyone ever needed help from the Ghostbusters it’s this trio.

Oftentimes I’ll pick up a book that promises spectral encounters
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐ rounded up to 4⭐ because it was enjoyable

This is a tough review to write. I loved most of The Haunting of Henderson Close. This book is set in Scotland at a haunted tourist attraction - Henderson Close is a street that was closed, and then built over. The street is underground, and the main characters are tour guides who spend a fair amount of time in Henderson Close.

Just the setting itself is so badass. It's set up to be so spooky, and I was immediately invested. I recently read The Carro
3.5 stars!

THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE, by Catherine Cavendish, is a novel that takes you--literally--on a tour of what Edinburgh's Henderson Close would have been like in the late 1800's. Three of the main characters dress the part of an actual person that lived and worked there, and take groups of tourists down to see what it looked like before renovations were made above it. From a historical perspective, I imagine entering a modern day shop, and then descending into an area that was left
Eddie Generous
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listen to my interview with the author:

The Haunting of Henderson Close is smooth-going ride in and out of the past where the atmosphere is ghastly and the ghosts are sinister. Exactly what you think when you think modern gothic horror, and tag on a huge impact ending to keep the bones rattling.
Glenn Rolfe
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great ghost tale from Catherine Cavendish. The end of the book was awesome! I couldn't put it down. Come to Henderson Close and find out what haunts these old streets!
Highly recommended for anyone that loves a good ghost story!

Steve Stred
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I might be in the minority here, but lately I’ve become a bit jaded towards “the haunting of’s” horror stories. Maybe I’ve read too many lately? Or watched far too many horror movies of that trope? Either way, I’ve started to pull away from haunted house tales to a degree.
Saying that, Catherine Cavendish came highly recommended. Everyone was talking about how much creep factor she can create and the dread her atmospheres have.

I found that within this book in spades.

The tale jumps back and forth
Kirsty ❤️
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Edinburgh and I love ghost/horror stories so this was, for me, a brilliant read. The story flips between Hannah and her colleagues in present day, Miss Carmichael in 1881 but we also have some time slip as the modern day characters flip back in time to uncover the mysteries of Henderson Close. 

I enjoyed all the characters, loved the twists as the book neared the end and found it to be a real page turner. There is so much atmosphere, it was very easy to put yourself into any of the time zo
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
Agh how I was needing to read a horror story! And The Haunting of Henderson Close was just what I wanted right now.

This book has Hannah as its main character, this amazing woman that is trying to find her place in the world after her daughter goes away to work and she goes through a divorce, that's how she finds herself working as a tour guide on Henderson Close. I loved her and her personality, she was funny, smart and above all, adorable as a friend. I think I'd be able to read about her for q
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hauntings, horror
Ghost stories are one of the oldest - and most powerful - forms of storytelling. No matter how much of an unbeliever you might be in the daylight, a well-told tale under the darkness of a stormy night can unsettle anyone. I spent two seasons telling ghost stories for a living, and I watched entire audiences jump at the simple, well-timed stomp of a boot in a darkened gazebo on the edge of the lake.

And that, boys and ghouls, is where The Haunting of Henderson Close begins - a few steps below grou
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea what to expect from this one, and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a page turner with quite a surprising ending.

Recently divorced, Hannah moves to Edinburgh in order to work as a tour guide for the supposedly haunted Henderson Close, one of the squalid 19th century areas of Edinburgh's Old Town. In the late 1890's the streets of the Close was filled with poverty stricken families and teeming with crimin
Frank Errington
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review copy

Catherine Cavendish is a prolific writer of horror - frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes. She's very active on Social Media and I have no idea why I've never read her work before now, but now that I've finally read one of her novels, I know I'll be back for more.

If ever a location deserved to be haunted, it's Henderson Close. This is not a heavy-handed ghost story, but that's just fine. There is certainly a place and an audience for this kind of ghos
Red Lace Reviews
Hannah is determined to start a new life after her failed marriage, and so moves to Edinburgh and begins a job as a guide to the spooky tourist attraction, Henderson Close. She loves it; the tales she recites, the character she plays, and the disquiet she brings to her guests. All is not as it seems however, as Hannah and her two colleagues soon experience strange occurrences they can't explain.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Audra (ouija.reads)
Nice to see a couple of ladies of horror fiction on the Flame Tree Press list for spring. There are so many great women penning horror novels, and I'd like to see a bit more even representation, especially from presses that only publish genre fiction.

This one immediately caught my eye as it is set in Edinburgh, a city that is close to my heart since I studied abroad there. I'd love to go back to Scotland. One of my favorite things I did in the city was a tour of the Mary King's Close. How crazy
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book originally had my attention due to its stunning cover and setting that takes place in Edinburgh. OH! AND it's a haunting! Who doesn't love those? The premise of the haunting surrounding a main character who is a "ghostly" tour guide also made this an easy choice for me. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking about all the haunted ghost tours I have been on and whatnot.

Cavendish did a great job at freaking me out - at least three times when I was in bed late at night I chose to st
J.H. Moncrieff
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The setting of Cavendish's The Haunting of Henderson Close is absolutely perfect. When it comes to locations for ghost stories, it's hard to beat Scotland. I'd never heard of this city underneath the city in Edinburgh, but now I'm determined to visit it myself!

As most great ghost stories are, Henderson Close is a murder mystery cloaked in the supernatural. A woman takes a job as a tour guide in the notoriously haunted underground Henderson Close, only to gradually realize that the rumours of gho
*thank you to Netgalley, Catherine Cavendish and Flame Tree Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.

Ohh man am I the odd one out. I have been saving this for when I felt like a horror story. I think I must have missed something because I don't get where the actual horror was. It wasn't creepy and felt really flat to me. I can see that most people enjoyed this so there is obviously something great about it. Unfortunately I missed the boat. But I'd be happy to sugges
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror
You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

The Haunting of Henderson Close was horror supernatural story that revolved around legends of Henderson Close, Edinburgh that involved, crime, murder, plague and trapped spirits.


This was more plot driven book than character. Oddly I was more interested in ghosts and their life rather than the physical/real ones. All characters were developed. I liked Hanna, protagonist, who was brave and wonderful at her job. George was goo
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Over 100 years ago a brutal murder took the life of Miss Carmichael as she made her way through Henderson Close in an attempt to do a good deed for one of the many residents living in squalor and poverty. Now it's a tourist attraction where people pay to walk through the eerie abandoned neighborhood and hear the dark history and morbid tales of a bygone time.
When Hannah arrives, recently divorced from her cheating husband and looking for a fresh start she is excited to begin her job as a tour gu
Sarah Read
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read. Great atmospheric setting, fun characters, interesting mystery. I'm really in love with the setting Cavendish created here, and I was sad to see in the afterward that it isn't a real place. I was ready to pack my bag and go exploring!
The only thing that pulled me out of that enchanting setting was that it sometimes felt as if the characters were not acting realistically, but instead acting to serve the plot. Or maybe I'd just have been a lot more freaked out in their
Frazer Lee
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An atmospheric ghost story that keeps you guessing until the last page. Catherine Cavendish has created a sympathetic character in Hannah, and a fun cast of supporting characters both living and un-dead. The Edinburgh setting made me feel nostalgic as it is one of my favourite cities (and the costumed tour guide angle brought back happy memories of my old job at The London Dungeon!). There is even room for some blood and gore in this otherwise subtle and spooky tale.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - as able over 2 days

Pages - 288

Publisher - Flame Tree Press

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

Ghosts have always walked there. Now they’re not alone…

In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.

Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a cor
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Flame Tree Press & Netgalley for providing me with a copy of The Haunting of Henderson Close in exchange for an honest review.

Edinburgh? CHECK. Time travel? CHECK. Seances & Ouija boards? CHECK.
Creepy little girl who’s missing a face & carries around a ragged doll? CHECK. CHECK. CHECK.

This paranormal experience takes us to Edinburgh & into the lives of the tour guides at Henderson Close. What started off as a dream job for Hannah, soon becomes a nightmare for her & her two colleagu
Thank you to Flame Tree Press for sending me a librarian ARC. I'll add my thoughts here soon.

Bottom line: a great premise, and a convoluted but occasionally spooky story about ghosts, time travel, past lives, and demonic possession.
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Release date 10 Jan. 2019

Catherine Cavendish is noted for her ability to delineate characters and pull readers into their lives, making us feel with them. That's very true in her newest novel, THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE. Set in Edinburgh's underground, and in that area when it was still a teeming, if not thriving, metropolis, crammed with human populace, rats, and offal (and crime). Ms. Cavendish skillfully weave time-slips, ghosts, and implacable evil into the equation. In 2018 contemporar
Well Read Beard
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Fresh and elegant haunt of a story.

I am sure I am not the only person that thought that Henderson Close was a person. A close is a tight alley or street off of a main thoroughfare in Edinburgh Scotland. So we are talking about a haunted alley. New buildings were built on top of it so it is all underground. Henderson Close is a tourist attraction frequented by visitors. It has a sordid history of crime and filth and murder.

I have read a ton of haunting stories recently, but the close was a new an
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, historical, ghost
I decided to start 2019 with a Flame Tree Press ARC. It also happens to be the first ladies of horror title I've read from this very cool publisher.

As soon as I started, I was hooked by this intriguing story.

Hannah has recently moved into a cosy apartment in Edinburgh. She's ready to start a new life and has managed to get herself a very curious job as a tour guide. In the confines of this underground tourist spot, she dresses up and shares some of the freaky, murderous stories associated with H
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