Book Review: The Widow of Pale Harbour by Hester Fox @HesterBFox @HQstories


A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of murder. Who can save Pale Harbour from itself?

1846. Desperate to escape the ghosts of his past, Gabriel Stone takes a position as a minister in the remote Pale Harbour, but not all is as it seems in the sleepy town.

As soon as Gabriel steps foot in town, he can’t escape the rumours about the mysterious Sophy Carver, a young widow who lives in the eerie Castle Carver: whispers that she killed her husband, mutterings that she might even be a witch.

But as strange, unsettling events escalate into murder, Gabriel finds himself falling under Sophy’s spell. As clues start to point to Sophy as the next victim, Gabriel realises he must find answers before anyone else turns up dead.

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After reading The Witch of Willow Hall last year, I was desperate to get my hands on The Widow of Pale Harbour. Witchy books, especially at this time of the year, are like a drug to me. 

Like the her first book, The Widow of Pale Harbor is hauntingly addictive. Hester Fox has an incredible way of drawing you into her locations, making you feel like you're right there witnessing what's happening in the characters' lives. 

This book is definitely not a roller coaster, but I was prepared. The Witch of Willow hall was slow but steeped in mystery, and this book is no different. Don't be fooled by the slow start, you might think you have the plot figured out, but I can almost guarantee you'll be wrong. If you allow yourself to get lost in the atmosphere of this book and you'll really enjoy the experience. 

I found Sophronia (or Sophy as she's called) to be such a wonderful character. She was hated and maligned by the townspeople but remained a kind and graceful soul. A perfect match for the grieving minister, Gabriel. It was a joy to watch the two characters develop as the story progressed.

If you're a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, then you'll love this book as the mysteries scattered throughout are directly related to his poems and they add another delightfully creepy layer to the book. 

Murder, mystery and romance, The Widow of Pale Harbour is everything you could possibly want in a book at this time of the year. Put on the fire and get comfy because once you start it you won't be able to put it down! 

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