Hester Fox’s writing style is incredible. She’s the first author I had to google, to know who she was and how she was able to write so well I forgot where I was. It’s…magical. Not too descriptive -I suck at reading and understanding in-depth description- and simple.
Let’s have a look at the Goodreads blurb:
Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.
Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.
New Oldbury, 1821
In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.
All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…
I don’t have much to say about this book which is why I’ll cover it all in:
Why you should read this:
- The writing style is unique. I liked the writing so much I didn’t care about the plot which others complained about. And it’s quite understandable if their expectation was a witch story with deaths or possession or just anything leaning in more to horror. This book just wasn’t that. I don’t like concluding things but I assume the author was straying away from gore and horrific scenes due to discomfort or that it isn’t her style. She was mild throughout the book and horror fans just like it bloody. Just Kidding.
- It’s gripping. Not in a suspenseful manner but more like I couldn’t get myself to keep this book. It just flowed very well even though romance took almost ⅔ of the ending. Honestly, it’s more of romance than anything. And it got annoying when the sisters had to “impress” the love interest.
- It also gets a bonus point for the happy, un-sped ending.
Now, will I reread this?
I don’t think I will. Not because it wasn’t good, I mean I rattled on from the beginning about how much I loved it, but if only it had more horrific elements, more suspense, more stakes, and left a chill down my spine, I’ll have not only reread it but make it one of my favorite books. That said, I’ll definitely check out another book by Hester Fox. More likely another witch story cause she has others.
Note: if you aren’t comfortable with the mention of incest, I’ll advise against reading this. There weren’t explicit scenes of what happened as it was a backstory but it was mentioned again and again and that made my stomach stir. I’d not have picked it up if I had known about the incest but it didn’t make me stop reading so that’s enough proof -I guess- that you might get through it without feeling sick.
That’s all I have to say about The Witch Of Willow Hall by Hester Fox. Read it if it sounds like something you’ll like.
Peace out ✌️