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The Orphan of Cemetery Hill

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  874 ratings  ·  235 reviews
The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission.

Boston, 1844.

Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the recently departed. It makes her special, but it also makes her dangerous.

As an orphaned child, she fled with her sister, Alice, from their charlatan aunt Bellefonte, who wanted only to exploit Tabby’s gift so she could profit from the recent
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Published September 15th 2020 by Graydon House
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I couldn't be more pleased. That is all. Good night.
Hester Fox
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Dear Reader,

Creating during turbulent times can be challenging, but it can also provide an escape. I started this book shortly after I found out I was pregnant, and finished it while I was nursing and caring for a newborn. There were days when I wished I didn't have to write it so that I could spend time with my new baby. There were days when I was grateful to have a break from diapers and breastfeeding and spit-up. There were days when the world felt scary and out of control and I was glad to b
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Orphan of Cemetery Hill has elements of a gothic supernatural mystery, a little romance with some drama to it. Can there be anything creepier than a cemetery, a young woman who can speak to the dead and bodies that go missing? And just in time for a spooky Halloween read.

Our main character Tabby ends up in a cemetery after fleeing from her aunt and uncle, and her sister disappears. Twelve years later, in 1844, Tabby and her adopted father, Eli, take care of the cemetery. She has kept her sp
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
DNF @ 19%. Not connecting to the storyline or writing.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin - Trade Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

I cannot resist the stories or the covers of a Hester Fox story. I have loved The Witch of Willow Hall and The Widow of Pale Harbour and so it an "insta-click" to request a read of this one. Similar to her other tales, Fox dabbles in the supernatural, and in this particular storyline, her main female protagonist Tabby can talk to the dead.

Separated from her older si
Haunting and atmospheric. Chilling and magical. Beautiful and dark. Hester Fox is a master when it comes to telling gothic historical stories with a touch of the paranormal. Her books are the perfect way to kick off your fall reading, her tales are the perfect blend of all things spooky. Mid 1800s Boston, tabby and her sister Alice escape to the city, away from their aunt and uncle. Unfortunately the sisters are quickly separated and tabby finds herself in a cemetery where she is taken in by the ...more
Amanda Hupe
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020-reads
I can always depend on Hester Fox for giving all the perfect Gothic vibes. I loved the Widow of Pale Harbor and I jumped for joy when I received The Orphan of Cemetery Hill. So thank you, Hester Fox, NetGalley, and Harlequin Publishing for the opportunity to read this book! The book takes place in Boston in the year 1844. Tabby and her sister Alice are orphans and they are fleeing their dangerous Aunt and Uncle and get separated. Tabby finds herself hiding in the cemetery and soon gets adopted t ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Hester Fox has impressed me from her debut novel and onward. She never ceases to capture my attention with her fantastical tales that are always touched with a bit of the paranormal always set in a time and place I adore.

Her latest, The Orphan is no exception. I completely loved this story of ghosts and graveyards and murder and love. It was captivating, enchanting and I didn't want it to end. I wanted to both savor it and devour it all in one go.

There is nothing like a good thrilling story to
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
3.5 stars - As expected, Hester Fox delivers the spooky atmosphere of 1800s New England in spades in her third book. This is probably my least favorite of the three, as I think there are some very jarring notes in how this book is paced and lacks in the mystery component of the plot. I also think the main male character was very lacking. That said, absolutely loved Tabby and especially loved her relationship with Eli. The paranormal elements of this worked very well for me, and I still enjoyed g ...more
Allison Keith
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been rereading some of my favourite gothic novels of late, and it inspired a search for modern authors writing in a similar vein. Hester Fox breathes new life into the genre with all the hallmarks of the classics: a somber, atmospheric setting, chills paired with a bit of romance, and prose that is beautifully and lyrically written. Mid-nineteenth century New England is the perfect backdrop for this tale of graveyards, ghosts, murder, and love. I love the pairing of a grave robber mystery ...more
✧ jules ✧
Thank you Edelweiss and Graydon House for the ARC.

victorian boston with a scrappy heroine who can speak to ghosts? hester fox is literally saving my life.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fox continues to impress me with her unique and atmospheric tales. In The Orphan of Cemetery Hill, we meet Tabby soon after she and her sister escapes their aunt and uncle. However, it seems Alice has abandoned Tabby. Frightened, she seeks shelter in a crypt at the cemetery. There she spies a young man crying.

Fast forward twelve years to 1844, and Tabby works alongside her adopted father, Eli; the kind caretaker of the Boston cemetery she once sought shelter in.

Tabby has a unique gift that she s
MaryannC. Book Freak
Hester Fox is right up there with my favorite authors like Laura Purcell, Kate Morton and Essie Fox so I was anxious to read this one and it did not disappoint.
Set in Boston 1800's, young Tabby has the gift of speaking to the dead and in order to protect her,
she and older sister Alice decide to run away from their abusive aunt and uncle who have used Tabby in their money making schemes. In order to keep Tabby from being found sister Alice decides they should set out by themselves leaving Tabby
The Orphan of Cemetery Hill is my first Hester Fox novel. I found her writing to be very atmospheric. I was easily transported back in time. Tabby’s character resonated with me. I was scared for the child abandoned and happy for the girl who found a home. She was resilient and despite the trauma she endured she still was a compassionate and loving person. Despite the fact that I usually gravitate towards kick a$$ females I could appreciate the fact that Hester Fox’s characterization of Tabby as ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

Having absolutely loved the first two gothic romances from this author, I unfortunately found The Orphan of Cemetery Hill to be a bit of a disappointment. The plot was much more predictable and I was never rooting for the hero who is lazy, selfish, and rather a cad. I think you're supposed to like him despite that, but I wasn't a fan. I did enjoy the heroine Tabby (other than her poor taste in men...). She is an orphaned clairvoyant with traumatic childhood who is consist
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an advanced copy of this story. This book fit in very well with Fox's previous stories. The main character, Tabby, was very interesting and had a very cool backstory. I thought that setting the story in 1840s-1850s Boston and the UK within the context of body snatching (think Burke and Hare) and seances/mediums to be really unique. The story taps into themes of family strife, life/death, and the supernatural in interesting ways. If you enjoyed Hester Fox's previous work you will really li ...more
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a zillion games of scrabble, done a zillion crosswords and I AM BORED!!!)

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the aut
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So. There was a lot happening in this book. We have Tabby the Medium, her missing sister who happens to be able to see the future, a self-emancipated man, murder, body snatching, weird secret medical I said. There was a lot happening here.

I liked Tabby's independent spirit and her ability to take care of herself when her sister disappeared. I also liked her relationship with Eli. It was very sweet.

But I think that all of the things going on made the book a little hard to
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Tabby Cooke is separated from her sister Alice after they escape from their crooked Aunt and Uncle who want to exploit her ability to communicate with the dead. Everything changes when Tabby meets Caleb Bishop, and she never thinks she will meet him again, but she does, she won’t admit it but she attracted to him but figures he would never want to be with her plus he is engaged to another.

This is my second book by Hester Fox and it was just as good as the first one. The Orphan of Cemetery Hill i
Becky Wright
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Favourite Hester Fox novel so far.
This is my favourite Hester Fox novel so far.
I listened to the audion edition although I do have the ebook too.

I've read and listened to all Hester's novels, great all being narrated by the wonderful Lauren Ezzo you fall straight into the work Hester creates.

Gothic, compelling and captivating. Well worth its 5 stars! Looking forward to the next one.
Elliot A
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher, Graydon House, for providing me with an ARC of The Orphan of Cemetery Hill in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Gist

I had Fox’s first novel, The Witch of Willow Hall, on my to-read list ever since it came out in 2018. Being the hopeful optimist that I am, I kept making plans to read it any day now. Well, the road to hell is usually paved with good intentions.

So, sadly, I hadn’t been introduced to her writing until the publisher was so kind an
The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox takes readers back to Boston in 1844 where Tabby Cooke (12) has run away with her sister, Alice from Amherst. Their aunt and uncle have been taking advantage of their powers and treating them terribly. The girls could not take it any longer and escaped to Boston. Alice tells Tabby to stay on the church steps while she searches for lodgings. Unfortunately, Alice does not return, and Tabby seeks sanctuary in a cemetery. Tabby can communicate of the dead wh ...more
The Lit Bitch
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I read Hester Fox’s debut novel a couple of years ago and I was immediately drawn her to story telling style and characters. I adored her first book and the second book was even better. So to say that I was excited for this one is an understatement.

I am such a fan of her Gothic story telling and how quickly I can read her books, while they might not be as spooky as some other books I have read this Halloween season, this one was still a spooky treat for fans of Gothic novels. Also this
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a slight departure from the previous two (imho) in that it was action packed! I really love the more slow-burn drama of the first two, but this one was exciting! I loved the cemetery, the spirits, the characters. Body snatchers are a pretty scary/creepy topics, which helped make this story chilly. The mystery was good and I was quite concerned about our hero a few times! I didn’t want to put it down!
Joanna Bennett
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

My disappointment knows no bound for this. As someone who has read the other two books by this author and loved them, I’m sad to say that this one was just very underwhelming.

Like her last book, this one has two main point-of-views and then another that doesn’t come into play until later on in the book and its only for that moment. I am a fan of multiple PoV so I didn’t mind this but, sometimes the PoV would switch
Savannah (forest_reader)
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I've loved Hester Fox's previous books. They are perfectly gothic with mystery and danger and romance. Unfortunately, I thought this one wasn't as good as the others. The premise with a girl who speaks to the dead is interesting, but the book ultimately felt incomplete. I thought the romance fell through, the plot wasn't mysterious or tense like it needed to be, and I couldn't connect to any of the characters, especially because I didn't understand some of their actions and motivations. I'm very ...more
Sarah Perchikoff
I tried but I just couldn't get through this one (Got about 67 pages in). In my mind, Caleb in no way deserves Tabby. I found his characterization to be very surface level and he's kind of an ass. The romance seemed very quick to start and that's one of my least favorite tropes.

I enjoyed what I saw of Abby but even she didn't seem to be written as in-depth as I like.

I am wondering a bit if this book was rushed because the writing/storytelling is well below what I've come to expect from a Hester
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: September 9th 2020

"Tabby knew that her greatest fault was that, once won, her trust was too freely given."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Graydon House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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”The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission.”

Tabitha Cooke can speak to the dead. But not many people know that. She learned the hard way that those who know about her remarkable ability will either treat her like a freak or exploit it. That’s exactly what her aunt and uncle did to both her and her sister, Alice. They make their escape but get tragically separated. Years later, Tabby is living a quiet life in Boston, trying to lay low and live as normal of a life as possible
2 Stars

*A great story idea, but an off-putting love interest and nonsensical plot dampened my enthusiasm*

ARC provided by Graydon House/Harlequin Trade Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to get an advanced copy of this one since I’ve been on a big Gothic kick lately. I enjoyed Fox’s debut novel The Witch of Willow Hall. Her second novel, The Widow of Pale Harbor, had excellent atmosphere and an intriguing plot, but was a miss in terms of characters. I hoped t
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Hester comes to writing from a background in museum work and historical archaeology. She loves the Gothic, the lurid, the long as the ending is a happy one. She has never seen a ghost, though she remains hopeful.

Hester lives in rural Virginia with her husband and their son.

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