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The Haunting of Henderson Close

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Ghosts have always walked there. Now they’re not alone…

In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.

Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Flame Tree Press
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I freaking loved this story. I've been reading Cavendish reviews for years, but I really didn't believe them. Not that I distrust your average Joe or Josephine reviewers, just that at least half the reviews were from other authors. THOSE I mostly don't trust. You know how it goes, you rub my back, and I'll rub yours. Sorry, but that's how I feel. However, and this is a huge HOWEVER....I may have missed a good thing! Luckily, I can still find Ms. Cavendish's books. This book was a ®*^£*€¥¿~ winne ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many tourists come to see Henderson Close in Edinburgh, Scotland. The tales of crime, murder and intrigue, plague victims trapped inside their homes to die, and other haunting aspects of the Close's history bring the curious in droves. Hannah comes to Edinburgh to start her life over. She's divorced and her daughter is grown and at college. She sees the tour guide position at the Close as a dream job. But ghostly specters, disappearances and menacing encounters with evil soon make Hannah realize ...more
Bark (Has Atrocious Taste)
I received this book in for review from Flame Tree Press. I’m going to do my best this year to read as many new ladies of horror fiction as I can and I snapped this up as soon as I noticed it was available without even reading the blurbage. I love all kinds of horror but the creepy, slow atmospheric kind has been working for me lately and this story has all of that and a little bonus gore too!

Way back in 1891 a do-gooder is brutally murdered in front of Henderson Close. Many moons later, the bui
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mysterious And Creepy!

A clever and interesting historical haunting that made this book a pleasure to read.

The storyline revolves around several central characters and flashes back and forth from the late 1800's to present day and the characters are richly developed so the story is easily followed.
A tour group company spotlighting Henderson Close and it's sad and brutal history is the foundation of this story and it is so well-written that you can't wait to find out why this place seems to have
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
There’s always been sporadic supernatural activity during the tours of Henderson Close. Occasionally visitors have experienced cold spots or seen shadowy figures, but when Hannah begins her new job as a tour guide the mysterious phenomena escalates. Hannah and her fellow tour guides, Mairead and George, are soon caught up in a series of events that they can’t explain. If anyone ever needed help from the Ghostbusters it’s this trio.

Oftentimes I’ll pick up a book that promises spectral encounters
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐ rounded up to 4⭐ because it was enjoyable

This is a tough review to write. I loved most of The Haunting of Henderson Close. This book is set in Scotland at a haunted tourist attraction - Henderson Close is a street that was closed, and then built over. The street is underground, and the main characters are tour guides who spend a fair amount of time in Henderson Close.

Just the setting itself is so badass. It's set up to be so spooky, and I was immediately invested. I recently read The Carro
3.5 stars!

THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE, by Catherine Cavendish, is a novel that takes you--literally--on a tour of what Edinburgh's Henderson Close would have been like in the late 1800's. Three of the main characters dress the part of an actual person that lived and worked there, and take groups of tourists down to see what it looked like before renovations were made above it. From a historical perspective, I imagine entering a modern day shop, and then descending into an area that was left
Eddie Generous
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Haunting of Henderson Close is smooth-going ride in and out of the past where the atmosphere is ghastly and the ghosts are sinister. Exactly what you think when you think modern gothic horror, and tag on a huge impact ending to keep the bones rattling.
Glenn Rolfe
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great ghost tale from Catherine Cavendish. The end of the book was awesome! I couldn't put it down. Come to Henderson Close and find out what haunts these old streets!
Highly recommended for anyone that loves a good ghost story!

Kirsty 📚📖❤️
I love Edinburgh and I love ghost/horror stories so this was, for me, a brilliant read. The story flips between Hannah and her colleagues in present day, Miss Carmichael in 1881 but we also have some time slip as the modern day characters flip back in time to uncover the mysteries of Henderson Close. 

I enjoyed all the characters, loved the twists as the book neared the end and found it to be a real page turner. There is so much atmosphere, it was very easy to put yourself into any of the time zo
Bob Milne
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hauntings, horror
Ghost stories are one of the oldest - and most powerful - forms of storytelling. No matter how much of an unbeliever you might be in the daylight, a well-told tale under the darkness of a stormy night can unsettle anyone. I spent two seasons telling ghost stories for a living, and I watched entire audiences jump at the simple, well-timed stomp of a boot in a darkened gazebo on the edge of the lake.

And that, boys and ghouls, is where The Haunting of Henderson Close begins - a few steps below grou
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
Agh how I was needing to read a horror story! And The Haunting of Henderson Close was just what I wanted right now.

This book has Hannah as its main character, this amazing woman that is trying to find her place in the world after her daughter goes away to work and she goes through a divorce, that's how she finds herself working as a tour guide on Henderson Close. I loved her and her personality, she was funny, smart and above all, adorable as a friend. I think I'd be able to read about her for q
Alex findingmontauk1
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book originally had my attention due to its stunning cover and setting that takes place in Edinburgh. OH! AND it's a haunting! Who doesn't love those? The premise of the haunting surrounding a main character who is a "ghostly" tour guide also made this an easy choice for me. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking about all the haunted ghost tours I have been on and whatnot.

Cavendish did a great job at freaking me out - at least three times when I was in bed late at night I chose to st
Steve Stred
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I might be in the minority here, but lately I’ve become a bit jaded towards “the haunting of’s” horror stories. Maybe I’ve read too many lately? Or watched far too many horror movies of that trope? Either way, I’ve started to pull away from haunted house tales to a degree.
Saying that, Catherine Cavendish came highly recommended. Everyone was talking about how much creep factor she can create and the dread her atmospheres have.

I found that within this book in spades.

The tale jumps back and forth
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Nice to see a couple of ladies of horror fiction on the Flame Tree Press list for spring. There are so many great women penning horror novels, and I'd like to see a bit more even representation, especially from presses that only publish genre fiction.

This one immediately caught my eye as it is set in Edinburgh, a city that is close to my heart since I studied abroad there. I'd love to go back to Scotland. One of my favorite things I did in the city was a tour of the Mary King's Close. How crazy
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Over 100 years ago a brutal murder took the life of Miss Carmichael as she made her way through Henderson Close in an attempt to do a good deed for one of the many residents living in squalor and poverty. Now it's a tourist attraction where people pay to walk through the eerie abandoned neighborhood and hear the dark history and morbid tales of a bygone time.
When Hannah arrives, recently divorced from her cheating husband and looking for a fresh start she is excited to begin her job as a tour gu
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - as able over 2 days

Pages - 288

Publisher - Flame Tree Press

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

Ghosts have always walked there. Now they’re not alone…

In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.

Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a cor
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Flame Tree Press & Netgalley for providing me with a copy of The Haunting of Henderson Close in exchange for an honest review.

Edinburgh? CHECK. Time travel? CHECK. Seances & Ouija boards? CHECK.
Creepy little girl who’s missing a face & carries around a ragged doll? CHECK. CHECK. CHECK.

This paranormal experience takes us to Edinburgh & into the lives of the tour guides at Henderson Close. What started off as a dream job for Hannah, soon becomes a nightmare for her &a
Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction
Release date 10 Jan. 2019

Catherine Cavendish is noted for her ability to delineate characters and pull readers into their lives, making us feel with them. That's very true in her newest novel, THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE. Set in Edinburgh's underground, and in that area when it was still a teeming, if not thriving, metropolis, crammed with human populace, rats, and offal (and crime). Ms. Cavendish skillfully weave time-slips, ghosts, and implacable evil into the equation. In 2018 contemporar
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
"It's worse than creepy in here. Let's find what we need and get out."
What a fantastically atmospheric ghost story! I was really excited when the publisher offered me this eARC for my honest review because I love tales of the supernatural even though I am a total skeptic about it. Interestingly enough, my one unexplained ghost experience happened on a ghost tour in the Underground Vaults in Edinburgh, so I was extra excited for this one! While the character's backstories and initial conversa
Suzy Michael
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.*

This is my first novel by Miss Cavendish, so I had no clue what to expect. The synopsis explains this as a ghost story and like many other ghostly novels, it promises scares which usually fall flat for me. This is a definite and pleasant exception! The Haunting of Henderson Close delivers more than it's fair share of scares in a unique, dark area in a city that holds plenty of macabre atmosphere.

The sto
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost, horror, historical
I decided to start 2019 with a Flame Tree Press ARC. It also happens to be the first ladies of horror title I've read from this very cool publisher.

As soon as I started, I was hooked by this intriguing story.

Hannah has recently moved into a cosy apartment in Edinburgh. She's ready to start a new life and has managed to get herself a very curious job as a tour guide. In the confines of this underground tourist spot, she dresses up and shares some of the freaky, murderous stories associated with H
Lesley Hillman
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew I was going to adore this book before I read it, I just had that feeling. I was right. This was my first time reading Catherine Cavendish and not my last. This book hit all the right notes for me. I have so many happy memories of Edinburgh, including Old Town, Royal Mile, and of course, the infamous ghost walks through the old closes of the city.

Hannah has started her new job as a tour guide at one of Edinburgh’s famous closes. Henderson Close. She has left her old life, and moved up to
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read such a creepy tale and, after I finished it, I wondered why this genre has all but fallen off my radar as I had a great time reading this book.
Hannah has relocated to Edinburgh and now works as a performing tour guide regaling tourists with the goings on in the spooky derelict Henderson Close. Together with colleagues they bring the past to life as they play the parts of real people who lived there and spin tales of the spooky and historical past, some really grues
Steven Reyes
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-in-2019
The Haunting of Henderson Close is about a haunted tourist attraction – Henderson Close – which is the site of the murder of Miss Carmichael. When renovations begin, ghostly occurrences being to heighten in activity. Soon, Hannah, our main character, must discover who it was exactly who murdered Miss Carmichael. But something sinister and evil lurks in the shadows of Henderson Close.

This is my first time reading a book by Catherine Cavendish and I’m glad I’ve done so. Cavendish writes with a mys
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Thank you to Flame Tree Press for sending me a librarian ARC. I'll add my thoughts here soon.

Bottom line: a great premise, and a convoluted but occasionally spooky story about ghosts, time travel, past lives, and demonic possession.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this as an ARC.

After Hannah loses her job—and her husband of 25 years— she decides its time for a change. So she packs up her bags, moves to Edinburgh, and becomes an historical reanactor/tour guide for Henderson Close. What she finds is that her job also require encounters with evil entities, gaps of time, and a little girl with a doll.

In Catherine Cavendish’s latest novel, we learn that Henderson Close is the site of the 1891 murder of the philanthropic Miss Cavendish. It is her b
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A very creepy read that really scared me, The Haunting of Henderson Close tells the story of Hannah and the other performers who act as tour guides at an old historical site where horrific things happened. According to Google, there are many closes in Edinburgh, even if Henderson's seems to be fictitious. No matter, the author describes it so well that you can picture every stinking corner. Hannah is new, so we get to learn its history along with her. Some of her coworkers may also be experienci ...more
Aleana Harris
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good creepy ghost story.

Hannah had just got her dream job as a tour guide at a historical sites where things aren't as they seem. I like that right along with her we learn the history of Henderson's.

When her and her co-workers starts experience ghostly presence and things start to unravel. Will Hannah figure out in time what really happens before it to late.

ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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