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Haverscroft is a  gripping and chilling dark tale of physical and mental isolation, a modern ghost story that will keep you turning its pages late into the night.

Kate Keeling abandons all she knows to move to Haverscroft House in a desperate attempt to salvage her marriage. Unaware of the tragic secrets lurking behind its beautiful and decaying facade, Kate can’t ignore the creeping dread swelling within her as she settles her family and builds a home in a house she loathes.

Her workaholic husband, Mark, insists Kate’s growing fears are all in her mind. If she continues with fanciful imaginings she will be ill again and unable to care for their two children. Only when one of the twins asks about the people in the spare room does Kate begin to realise the danger within the walls of the house they now call home. Can she keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft House even if it will surely end her marriage?

Semi-Finalist in The Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award 2020

Longlisted for the 2019 Not the Booker Prize

Reviews

“A perfect modern ghost story that will have you hiding under the covers.”

Prima Magazine

Haverscroft is a very modern ghost/psychological story. It’s written in an apparently effortless and easy style, which I’m sure this was a lot of hard work to achieve. The uncomplicated prose allows the mood and atmosphere of the novel to seep into your pores – this a genuinely gripping tale.”

Paul Burke, NB Magazine

“An atmospherically creepy ghost story that keeps you guessing till the end! Sally Harris is one to watch.”

Angela Clarke – Sunday Times Best Selling Author

“Atmospheric, spooky and sharply observed, a gripping read from start to finish.”

Hannah Persaud – The Codes of Love

Haverscroft is probably my perfect Halloween read. I’m not a huge fan of traditional horror stories, and rarely read ghostly tales; this contemporary telling of the age-old haunted house tale is superbly done and I enjoyed every single spine-tingling page.”

Anne Cater –  Random Things Through My Letter Box

“A beautifully atmospheric and gripping debut that kept me awake at night. A complex ghost story which didn’t disappoint. Highly recommended.”

Ruby Speechley – Someone Else’s Baby

About Me

I live in an old house, mostly Georgian in style although it was built a couple of years after Queen Victorian came to the throne. It has beautiful, but draughty sash windows, and floor boards that creak and groan when I’m home alone. When doors click shut of their own accord, we put it down to the ill fitting windows. That’s what we try to believe. Our home inspired my first novel, Haverscroft. ‘A perfect modern ghost story that will keep you hiding under the covers.’ Prima Magazine.
The story centres around a family trying to stay together as the parent’s marriage struggles to survive an infidelity. Life gets a whole lot more difficult once they move to a new home for a fresh start. No-one told them Haverscroft House was haunted.

Alongside the supernatural and psychological suspense, domestic noir threads run through my writing fuelled by my many experiences as a divorce solicitor. Dysfunctional family relationships and long held dark secrets weave their way between the hauntings.

Haverscroft was long-listed for Not The Booker Prize, was one of Den Of Geek’s best books of 2019 and a semi-finalist in the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award 2020.

My second novel, Seahurst, is set on the Suffolk coast. The area is famous for its folk lore, tales of Black Shuck and towns lost beneath the grey North Sea — all fabulous inspiration alongside abandon abbeys and castle ruins. I was born in the county and spent my childhood on the beaches and running along the narrow sandy paths that crisscross the heathlands and thread through the dunes. The wide empty skies, mudflats and whispering reed beds have inspired writers over centuries. What better setting could there be for a contemporary haunted house ghost story?

Seahurst will be published by Salt Publishing on 15th May 2023 and is available for pre-order.

About Me

 

I live in an old house, mostly Georgian in style although it was built a couple of years after Queen Victorian came to the throne. It has beautiful, but draughty sash windows, and floor boards that creak and groan when I’m home alone. When doors click shut of their own accord, we put it down to the ill fitting windows. That’s what we try to believe. Our home inspired my first novel, Haverscroft. ‘A perfect modern ghost story that will keep you hiding under the covers.’ Prima Magazine.
The story centres around a family trying to stay together as the parent’s marriage struggles to survive an infidelity. Life gets a whole lot more difficult once they move to a new home for a fresh start. No-one told them Haverscroft House was haunted.

Alongside the supernatural and psychological suspense, domestic noir threads run through my writing fuelled by my many experiences as a divorce solicitor. Dysfunctional family relationships and long held dark secrets weave their way between the hauntings.

Haverscroft was long-listed for Not The Booker Prize, was one of Den Of Geek’s best books of 2019 and a semi-finalist in the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award 2020.

My second novel, Seahurst, is set on the Suffolk coast. The area is famous for its folk lore, tales of Black Shuck and towns lost beneath the grey North Sea — all fabulous inspiration alongside abandon abbeys and castle ruins. I was born in the county and spent my childhood on the beaches and running along the narrow sandy paths that crisscross the heathlands and thread through the dunes. The wide empty skies, mudflats and whispering reed beds have inspired writers over centuries. What better setting could there be for a contemporary haunted house ghost story?

Seahurst will be published by Salt Publishing on 15th May 2023 and is available for pre-order.

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