Pigeonhole read – Haverscroft by S.A. Harris

Thank you to pigeonhole and Salt publishers for allowing me to be part of the read along.


Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage?

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

My Review

This is the first time I have found myself annoyed reading on the pigeonhole app. Not with the book but with the other readers comments. A lot were disparaging in their remarks regarding errors yet it is made clear that it is an uncorrected proof copy. To me it is all about the story and this was a good one although I did agree there were a few plot discrepancies and some things left unresolved.

What I did like was the creep factor, which is built up with not only the possibility of a haunted house, but mental breakdowns and some rather severe coercively controlled marriages. It held my attention, made me ask lots of questions and revel in the eccentric cast of characters. From the dotty old dear of a housekeeper, the strange and silent gardener and the previous owner Mrs Havers and her increasingly bizarre correspondence.

I liked Kate the protagonist, her marriage is struggling but she’s determined in her quest for answers and to protect her children at all costs. Her husband on the other hand, well the less said about him the better but if I was married to him there would be another ghost haunting Haverscroft that’s for sure. But I do love a character that you can absolutely despise and feel okay about it.

This is a solid debut and I have a feeling the author will get even better and I look forward to reading book two. As a Norfolk gal who moved to Suffolk and then back to Norfolk it’s nice to read a local author too.

About the author

S. A. Harris won The Retreat West Crime Writer Competition in 2017, and was shortlisted for Shortlisted for The Fresher Prize in 2018. Haverscroft is her debut novel, she is now writing her second, a supernatural tale set on the Suffolk coast. She is a family law solicitor and lives in Norwich with her husband and three children.

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Melanie’s reads

Book reader and tea drinker. Lover of psychological thrillers and original stories that are thought provoking. Open to review requests please email melanievout@hotmail.co.uk

4 thoughts on “Pigeonhole read – Haverscroft by S.A. Harris”

  1. Even the cover of this book gave me chills as I’m sure the story would. I can imagine that seeing other’s comments on a book while you’re reading could get annoying. I know it would annoy me. Great review!

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