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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Mike Carter and his girlfriend Helen, along with their friends Alex and Kay, travel to a remote loch side cottage for a post-graduation holiday. But their celebrations are short-lived when they hit and kill a stag on the road. Alex s sister Meggie awaits them in the cottage, adding to the tension when her dog, Oscar, goes missing. Mike becomes haunted by a disturbing ...more
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Published October 24th 2019 by FLAME TREE PRESS
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Lisa
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Flame Tree Press and Netgalley. I was rather excited to get this book. It has everything I love in stories. Scotland? Highlands? Possible hauntings/witch/maybe crazy? Heck.yes! This books had some freaking atmosphere. Then it would not. Then again..atmosphere! Then not. Truly, it was almost like this tale didn't know what it wanted to be! What it is though is good. Not great, but damn good! It was a whole twisty kind of w.t.h? My main problem was that from the beginning, I knew ...more
Debra
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book begins with a very good horror premise: four friends go to a remote loch side cottage to celebrate after their final exams, when they hit and kill a stag. The four friends (Mike, Helen, Alex and Kay) are met at the cottage by Alex's sister, Meggie. Mike begins having increasingly creepy visions/hallucinations/haunting and Meggie's dog goes missing. Is the cottage haunted? Is this witchcraft? Is Mike mentally ill? What secrets lie hidden in the cottage?

For me this book was enjoyable,
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Luvtoread
Creepy, Eerie and Not For The Sensitive Reader!!I

The story takes place in Scotland and surrounds two couples who have just graduated from their universities and want to enjoy a vacation before beginning their new lives. As they near the cottage (small mansion) in their rented 44, they see a large stag in the road and sadly they do hit the animal and cause great damage to their vehicle as well. All four of the young people are banged up and feel very bad for the animal but unfortunately their
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Luvtoread
Creepy, Eerie and Not For The Sensitive Reader!!

The story takes place in Scotland and surrounds two couples who have just graduated from their universities and want to enjoy a vacation before beginning their new lives. As they near the cottage (small mansion) in their rented 44, they see a large stag in the road and sadly they do hit the animal and cause great damage to their vehicle as well. All four of the young people are banged up and feel very bad for the animal but unfortunately their
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Juli
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two couples and one younger sister. An isolated cabin in Scotland near a loch. No cell phones. No internet. Just peace. A celebration of college graduation. Perfect getaway, right?

Wrong.

Mike Carter knows something is very, very wrong almost from the start. Hearthstone Cottage is beautiful, but has a strange vibe. Something doesn't seem right. Visions of a dead stag. Meggie's missing dog. Hallucinations and nightmares. Strange creatures in the woods. An eerie circle of stones. Local legends about
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Jon Recluse
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, horror
When four friends take a holiday at a remote Scottish cottage, the accidental death of a stag causes something dark to stir within it's walls.
Something that reaches out from the past, driving one of them to the edges of alcoholism and insanity.
His past sins are the catalyst.....but there are older debts, darker sins waiting in Hearthstone Cottage.....and now, there are choices to be made because what has been wronged must be repaid.

A chilling, atmospheric tale that creeps up on you like fog off
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Kimberly
HEARTHSTONE COTTAGE, by Frazer Lee started off with a strong sense of "chilling" atmosphere, and just the right amount of foreboding. The location, woods, cottage, village, river were perfect additions to the "wrongness" felt as you begin your journey.

Why the two-star rating then?

Without spoilers, it's impossible to say exactly why, but there are a few things that I can mention that just bothered me, personally.

The characters--especially Mike, who is the main one that seems to be affected by
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Latasha
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5

I think the majority of this book can be summed up with this quote from chapter 15-
"Mike felt the fevered grip of madness clawing at the inside of his skull. He no longer knew what was real and what wasn't."

Mike, his girlfriend Helen , Amy and her boyfriend Alex are all on vacation at Alex's family cottage. They arrive unhurt after hitting and killing a stag. Almost immediately things begin happening to Mike. He's not really a likable guy so whatever Mike! Whatever is in the cottage really
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The Book Dad
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All around us we hear the sound of children’s playful laughter, that same laughter that comes before the nightmares. Together, let's stare into the black scry mirror and see the truth of this book. Hearthstone Cottage is the first folk horror book I’ve read and what a great introduction to the subgenre. The story maintained the perfect pace, keeping me entertained the entire time. Every chapter represented a new horror for the protagonist as he delved deeper and deeper into madness. Frazer Lee ...more
Irene
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Two couples head off for a celebratory post graduation stay at Hearthstone cottage. Their vacation starts off with a bang when they have a car accident near their destination, totaling their car and leaving them without means of escape should there be any spooky happenings, and there will be! There is something very wrong with this cottage and with the village itself.
After that literally smashing beginning the pace did slow down quite a bit, but rapidly accelerated at about the halfway point
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Russell James
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric and surreal, this haunted house story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Four friends head for a holiday getaway and before they even arrive, creepy events begin to transpire. The main character Mike has increasingly bizarre and scary experiences that drive him to solve the mystery of the cottage the four are visiting. But the longer they stay, the more uncertain he, and the reader, are about what is real and what is not. Great flawed protagonist, descriptions that transport you ...more
Steve Stred
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

I first discovered Frazer Lee’s work by reading The Daniel Gates Adventures. The novellas were a fun time and I loved Lee’s occult leanings and descriptions

Big thanks to Flametree Press and Netgalley for offering this one up, which I hungrily snagged based on the cover and the synopsis.

The book opens up where we follow a group of young adults who’ve recently graduated from University. We are introduced to Alex, his girlfriend Kay, Mike and
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 Martin
2 and 1/2 stars

I so wanted to love this book. Always been keen on haunted house stories, but, alas, as much as I wanted to dig everything in this one the story overall left me a little cold. The narrative may be strong, the story well-developed but it's the characters that did for me. They weren't very likable in my humble opinion. In the end I barely cared what happened to them. A shame, for I truly had I hopes that the author would redeem himself on that part. Not meant to be, it seems. Still
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 Reading Divergence
A proposed post-graduation blowout for four close university friends results in an unending nightmare for one, feckless Michael Carter, who like the Fool in Tarot, is often second-chosen and first-to-fail. But the stay at Scotland's isolated Hearthstone Cottage targets Mike with terrifyingly realistic nightmares, visions of the dead, sleepwalking, and rampant paranoia, which the others blame on his alcoholism and marijuana.


HEARTHSTONE COTTAGE is a nonstop riveting read and the suspense never
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Rachel  Drenning
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the Arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book took some time to build up, but when it delivered, it delivered big! I really enjoyed this book and the unique storyline.
Keith Chawgo
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frazer Lee’s novel left me with mix feelings and although it is well written, it left me a bit cold. There is a feeling of dread through the novel that works well but on the same course, I was left not caring or having any empathy for the characters which maybe what is clouding my judgement.

The plot is extremely well handled and Frazer Lee really knows how to bring this all together. From the start, he keeps a tight rein on the proceedings without letting go. This works well within the construct
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Shalini
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a good horror book after all my Christmassy reads. And this book had the most exciting premise.

2 couples going away to an isolated cabin high up in Scotland, beyond city and mobile network coverage, wanting an idyllic time was the beginning. They killed a stag in an accident, and things started happening at the cabin. Dog disappeared and visions of horror were seen by the main character Alex. Everything unraveled.

My first book by author Frazer Lee, I felt dread creeping on me as I
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Catherine Cavendish
Frazer Lee writes excellent, creepy horror and Hearthstone Cottage is an excellent example of the genre. Right from the beginning, the ingredients are there. two young couples, off on a post graduation vacation in a remote, mysterious and atmospheric location. There are already tensions within their ranks, but when a sinister presence begins to make itself known, things can only get scarier. And they do. The author racks up the suspense and whisks the reader off into ever more frightening ...more
Veronica
Hearthstone Cottage is the kind of classic ghost story that I love full of ancient lands and sacred stones, legends, witches curses, and mysterious happenings that cannot be easily explained. Frazer Lee brings them together beautifully.
Mike and his friends travel to a remote cottage in Scotland for a celebration/vacation after graduation. After hitting a stag in the road on the way to the cottage, Mike begins to sense an evil presence and to lose his sanity.
I found the book to be enjoyable and
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Candace Nola
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book!

Frazer Lee has done it again! Another great story, haunting and intriguing all the way through. Great characters, well written and full of mystery as you spend a holiday with five friends, trying to uncover the secrets at Hearthstone Cottage.
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Thanks to Anne Cater @Things through my letter box tours and Flame Tree Press for my spot on the blog tour and a copy of the book. All thoughts are unbiased and my own. Hearthstone Cottage just made me crazy – in a completely amazing way. I seriously wish I had a brain that was as capable of such genius. I mainly stick to thrillers or fantasy but when I do pick up a good Horror, I usually become so immersed in the world I usually question why I don’t read more. This is one of these times. Book ...more
Emma
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good horror book. The drawn out suspense, pure terror creeping around the corner and the mind games that come with that ever taunting paranoia. When a horror film deals the audience a jump scare, they jump. But when you encounter a heart-stopping moment in a book, the effects are long lasting. The impact is that much greater because it’s in your mind, whirling around playing on your fears. Let us step inside Hearthstone Cottage, an experience that you will never forget.

Set against the
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Nightfall  Mysteries
This book had me on my toes until I reached the very last line, and even after that, it left me wondering. I really, really, really enjoyed it.

So, an overall picture of what I truly loved about this book: Celtic mythology, a scrying mirror, characters losing their reality grip, threatening atmosphere, evil presences, anguish, and an obscure mystic.

The story takes you to a detached stone cottage in the middle of Highlands, more specifically, in the midst of a stone circle (and we all know what
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Dorie
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hearthstone Cottage
by Frazer Lee
due 10-24-2019
Flame Tree Press
4.0/5.0

#netgalley #HearthstoneCottage

A slow-building, atmospheric story, with enough twists to keep you reading and an ending that makes the story even more dark and creepy. It is well-written, exciting, and a fun-filled ride.

Mike Carter and his girlfriend, Helen; and their friends, Alex Buchanan and his girlfriend, Kay, travel to a remote cabin in the Scottish Highlands to celebrate, after taking their final exams at the
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Lesley Ann Campbell
My Rating: 4.5/5

I would love to see this made into a movie or mini-series (are you listening to this Netflix?). The imagery and scope of the landscape, the nightmare sequences, down to the descriptions of the characters (especially Meggie) is work of flawless art. This book is a real testament to the ability of the author.

The scene is set from the beginning; creepy yet beautiful Scottish Loch, an old stone circle, a house in the middle of no-where (a glorious old building), Meggie the
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Alanna
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hearthstone Cottage was an exciting new read that is set in Scotland. I really enjoyed this story although it was not as scary as I thought it might be but there is enough action to keep it interesting.
When Mike and his friends embark on a post University Holiday they are excited to begin their new lives now that finals and school are finished. Mike's friend Alex takes them to his family's vacation cottage in the country side. The cottage is old and homey and the perfect place to relax post
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Billie
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Carter and his girlfriend Helen, along with their friends Alex and Kay, travel to a remote loch side cottage for a post-graduation holiday. But their celebrations are short-lived when they hit and kill a stag on the road. Alex s sister Meggie awaits them in the cottage, adding to the tension when her dog, Oscar, goes missing. Mike becomes haunted by a disturbing presence in the cottage, and is hunted by threatening figures in the highland fog. Reeling from a shock revelation, Mike begins to ...more
Lel Budge
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-cater
Mike, Helen, Alex and Kay have just graduated and so are off on a trip to Hearthstone Cottage in the Scottish Highlands, to relax.

Just as they are about to arrive, they hit a stag in the road, killing the poor animal, writing off the 4 x 4 and really shaking them all up. They arrive at the cottage finally and find Alex’ sister, Maggie is there already with her dog, Oscar.

They get settled but then things start to get weird…..Mike starts to hear a child laughing, he has horrific nightmares and
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Ryan
Minor Spoilers

Four friends/lovers escape to a crofter in the scenic Scottish Highlands, celebrating their recent academic achievements. Along the way, their vehicle is totaled after slamming into a stag. The travelers have the option to vacate the premises with other means of transportation back to their original lives, but they chose to continue their holiday as planned; sex, inebriation, and silliness follow; as well as no cell phone signal, of course.

But beyond the cozy cottage and
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Horror DNA
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tony-jones
Being a proud Scotsman hailing from the far northeast of the country, I started Frazer Lee’s Hearthstone Cottage hoping for a strong horror novel and some nostalgia for my homeland. Unfortunately, this very forgettable supernatural thriller, which is set in the Scottish Highlands, fails to deliver on both counts and is a book which left me cold. I also found the occasional Scottish word, which is thrown into the dialogue, such as “laddie” (instead of ‘boy’), to be irritating and nothing more ...more
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Frazer Lee’s debut novel, The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’. His other works include 'The Jack in the Green', 'The Skintaker' and the 'Daniel Gates Adventures' series.

One of Frazer’s early short stories received a Geoffrey Ashe Prize from the Library of Avalon, Glastonbury. His short fiction has since appeared in numerous anthologies
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