GALLOWS HILL is the first Darcy Coates I’ve read. I’ve seen her books at B&N, but have never bought one. After reading GALLOWS HILL I’m going to read her backlog.
She has such VIVID descriptions in her writing. The character’s movements, thoughts and fears are expressed in real time. It’s rare when reading horror that I’m actually scared. I often have a hard time of utilizing suspension of disbelief. I don’t have this issue while watching a movie. Ha!
But Darcy’s writing of each sentence is so purposeful and intentional that everything comes together in a way that makes sense. Even when it shouldn’t.
Margot’s parents died leaving her their family legacy winery. Her parents gave her up when she was eight years old, so she has a lot of questions. When she travels to the winery’s odd town and spends the night in the creepy family house she has even more questions.
Margot has to figure out her place in this new life along with the people her parents employed. She’s also sure there is something sinister inside the house that caused her parents death.
No spoilers, but let’s just say Margot had good reasons to be fearful.
The only issue I had with GALLOWS HILL was this was a one-character driven story. She was a lonely child who became a lonely adult. Several of Margot’s parents employees became her family. However, most were older than her.
A big chunk of the book was about the movements Margot made. I wish there had been more of a friendship/relationship with characters closer to her age. I felt like there was a puzzle piece missing in the story and that may have been it.
Nonetheless, I loved this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for an e-copy of GALLOWS HILL to review.
I rate GALLOWS HILL four out of five stars.