Publication Date: September 26, 2023
Cordelia Bone’s meticulously crafted life and career in Dallas are crashing down around her thanks to a philandering husband with criminal debts. When her older, carefree sister, Eustace—a cannabis grower in Boulder—calls to inform her that the great aunt they never met has died and they must travel to a small town in Connecticut to deal with the estate, she sees an opportunity to unload the house and save herself.
But once there, the sisters learn they are getting much more than they bargained for. The Victorian mansion they stand to inherit is bound in a dynasty trust controlled by their late aunt’s aging attorney, who insists they retain and inhabit the house but keeps them in the dark about the peculiar rituals of their ancestors. Not to mention a sexy, tattooed groundskeeper with a shrouded past who refuses to leave the carriage house and a crypt full of dead relatives looming at the property line.
As both women grapple with their current predicament, they come face to face with a haunting family secret, the truth of what happened to their mother, and the enemy that’s been stalking them from the shadows for generations. In a twisting torrent of terror and blood, the sisters must uncover the power within them to heal their fractured relationship, reverse their mysteriously declining health, and claim the lineage they wanted to escape but now must embrace if they are to survive at Bone Hill.
Two estranged sisters are reunited when an unknown relative dies, leaving them an ancestral home they knew nothing about.
Author Ava Morgyn delivers a tale packed with spooky elements in The Witches of Bone Hill. As the sisters put together pieces from the past, they grow to understand more about their mother, who had fled the family home, never letting them know about Bone Hill.
Facing the destruction of her life’s work thanks to a cheating soon-to-be ex-husband, Cordelia Bone has her hands full. Between black mold in the house she had planned to sell and a loan shark threatening bodily harm (even though it is her husband’s debt), all she wants is some peace.
The author infuses plenty of suspense into Cordelia’s character. Her sudden headaches, the ability to both hear and “feel” sounds and a rather unpleasant habit of seeing dead people give clues to a much larger narrative.
Meanwhile, her older sister, Eustace, has had her own struggles. She’s counting on the inheritance as a possible way to start over.
They are joined by a motley crew of characters, including the family lawyer and the groundskeeper, both of whom are guilty of keeping secrets from the sisters.
The Witches of Bone Hill delivers a captivating story with the right mixture of suspense that will keep you reading until the end.
AVA MORGYN grew up falling in love with all the wrong characters in all the wrong stories, then studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. She is a lover of witchcraft, tarot, and powerful women with bad reputations, and she currently resides in Houston with her family, surrounded by antiques and dog hair. When not at her laptop spinning darkly hypnotic tales, she writes for her blog on child loss, hunts for vintage treasures, and reads the darkest books she can find. She is the author of YA novels Resurrection Girls and The Salt in Our Blood.