I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Malan Witch by Catherine Cavendish
Published by Silver Shamrock Publishing on August 18, 2020
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"Naught remained of their bodies to be buried, for the crows took back what was theirs."
An idyllic coastal cottage near a sleepy village. What could be more perfect? For Robyn Crowe, borrowing her sister’s recently renovated holiday home for the summer seems just what she needs to deal with the grief of losing her beloved husband.
But behind those pretty walls lie many secrets, and legends of a malevolent sisterhood—two witches burned for their evil centuries earlier. Once, both their vile spirits were trapped there. Now, one has been released. One who is determined to find her sister. Only Robyn stands in her way.
And the crow has returned.
Here is what I thought
This was my first read by this author and even though it was just a novella I thought it was really good and I will definitely get to another book from her!
Robin’s husband has died of cancer and she is having a hard time dealing with it so her sister tells her she needs to get away for awhile and offers up the Malan Cottage. It’s a place that Holly and her husband bought to restore. They had been working on it a bit and it’s really rough but it’s an escape.
Not long after Robin gets there she starts experiencing some weird things. There is this really nasty smell and a crow that seems to be watching her. Then she finds out that her sister burned an ugly smelly doll in the fireplace and that that was a bad move on Holly’s part.
In town she finds out from one of the towns folk that there was these two witch sisters that were burned on the property that the cottage sits on and how this one white witch died making sure the evil ones couldn’t escape the house. She tells Robin that nobody should be in that house. Then when she finds out that he doll her sister burned was Poppet, a doll meant to keep the witches contained and that means bad things.
This was actually pretty creepy for a novella and a very quick read which is something I really needed. I liked the characters especially Meliora, the white witch that helps Robin with the evil witch. I loved the creepy crow too! If you want a good quick witch read for this coming Halloween season I would recommend this one!