Book Review: The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke

“Upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island stands a lighthouse. Mysterious and terrible events have happened on this island. It started with a witch hunt. Now, centuries later, islanders are vanishing without explanation. Coincidence? Or curse?”

Set to be published on 30th September, The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke is set on a remote Scottish island where the Stay family move into a 100-year-old lighthouse where single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural. The locals warn her about wildlings, but Liv doesn’t believe in witches or dark omens. But within months, Liv will only have one of her three daughters, Luna, left, after two of her sisters go missing. Twenty years later, Luna is drawn back to the place her family vanished when one of her sisters is found – only she’s the same age as when she disappeared. Now, it’s up to Luna to find out the truth. But what really happened at the lighthouse all those years ago?


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Just say any of the words “atmospheric”, “lighthouse”, or “witches”, and I am there! And this book has all three! With such a gorgeous cover, as well, how could I not request this one?

The Lighthouse Witches was everything that I wanted from the title alone! There’s folklore and mythology, stories told of witch trials in the 1600s, and a unique twist that brings history into the modern world. And let’s not forget the gloomy lighthouse where children have been going missing for years. If that doesn’t have you gripped, I don’t know what will.

With two timelines running alongside each other, the first in 1998 when the Stay family arrive at the island and the second in 2021 as Luna seeks the truth, there is so much mystery to be unravelled. Is Luna’s sister who she says she is? Or are the wildlings real? And what happened to the third sister?

Atmospheric is definitely the right word to describe this book and Cooke does not disappoint with an effective gothic feel. I was reading this book late at night and had to stop when my toddler started screaming for no reason. And then when I picked it up again the following morning, the lights started flickering from heavy rain. So I definitely got chills when reading this book!

If you’re craving a book with a supernatural element, a gothic story with a modern twist or for something witchy this autumn, this is definitely the book for you! I now have the urge to hide away in the library researching witches and spells. For now, I’ve already gone and bought The Nesting because I need to read more by C.J. Cooke and soon!


The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke
Release Date: 30th September 2021
Print Length: 424 pages
Genre: Gothic Fiction / Folklore
Publisher: Harper Collins

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